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  1. My cat is nearly 8 months old. She stays indoors and never goes out as she hasn’t yet been spayed. I took her to a vet recently as her glands had swollen quite considerably within a week. She believed that she was pregnant even though I said she doesn’t go outside. She shows some signs of pregnancy but could there be another explanation?

    • What about a false pregnancy? Pseudocyesis. Symptoms are: rarely signs of a true pregnancy, weight gain, nesting behavior. Milk production can happen although rare.

      The condition is caused by progesterone.

      Treatment: No treatment necessary. Signs disappear in up to 40 days after estrus.

      Is she showing signs of being ill? It seems not.

      I have guessed big time. Good luck to you both.

  2. If your cat’s belly is rounded and you can clearly see and feel her nipples without trying then YES! She is pregnant!

    In the beginning early stages of pregnancy, your cat will eat more like she hasn’t eaten in a few days.

    In the middle trimester of her pregnancy your cat will sleep more and her feeding will decrease due to her kittens making her feel full,

    At the end of your cat’s trimester, she will show a lot more decrease in energy and will sleep more hours in a day than normal as she is going to need all the energy she is building up for when it’s time to go into labor.

    You never want to pick your pregnant queen up, if there for any reason you must pick her up ALWAYS place 1 under her belly as close to her back legs as possible while using the other hand to support her as you pick her up.

    Any other questions you have please feel to ask me.

    • Many many thanks, Tina, for commenting on this page and adding your experience to it. It is most welcome. If you would like to write an article on any subject in relation to cat pregnancy then please leave another comment and I will converted into an article.

  3. We brought in a stray momma and two kittens. The kittens were about 2.5-3 months. We were told the mom was more than likely pregnant so it’s been over a month and a half, the kittens 4.5-5months just spayed. And no signs of mom being anywhere near she should be in her gestation period no pink nipples she is pulling her hair

  4. so I put myself in a situation a lady walked past my house with a cat she asked if I knew anyone that wanted one and that this cat was pregnant n she couldn’t keep it. she didn’t know how far along but we can already see n feel babies moving nipples r enlarged she is restless n has vomited a few times along with what im gonna call dry heaves. her tummy is very hard n now she is walking funny n her tail is twitching kinda.. how soon should I expect kittens

  5. hi,i have a 7 month old cat (give or take) her name is jasmine and the last 4weeks shes not wanted to come in surrounded by male cats outside ive tryed feeding her trying to pick her up so i can take her inside… but she just wound”nt want to come in running away with the male cats (who i thought was hurting her)!!!.Now the past week jasmine has now wanted freely to come inside i have 5 children an they do her head in but recently shes not bothered by the kids just lying on her bed sleeping consently an only waking up for food from lastnite till now shes just sleeping again only waking for food!!ive opened the front door 2see if she wants to go tolite an does”nt want to go outside ..she ent bothered by the male cats now!! she eating two pouches of cat food an biscuits about 4 times aday.Is this normal?? is she preganat?? Ive read on the internet that the nipples will go big an red/pink ive tryed to look but she does”nt like it !! ive never noticed her nipples before while patting her but now ive noticed them again whilst rubbing her her mood has changed as well as her activty an playing as soon as my hand goes near her she purrz alot!!I never planned to have kittens but if thats the case then i want to make sure im there for her aswell as her babies i just dont know!? Again ive searched the internet the past three days an not really helped ..but all the symtoms from other storys i can take because of jasmine any info or advice is well respected thanks please no negative commants please because its simply just disrespectful.. an im asking for help not neigativity iam gunna take her to the vets but my appointment ent untill three days an want advice weather to let her outside if she wises to go out.

    • Hi Jayne, thanks for visiting and asking. At present there are no early pregnancy detection tests for cats as there is for people. Few signs of pregnancy are detectable during the first few weeks. Slight weight gain is one. An abdominal ultrasound may detect it as early as day 15. At day 20 a foetal heartbeat is detectable.

      You mention that her behavior has changed in the past week. I guess it is too soon to confirm pregnancy. I hope this helps. If you have more info or if I have missed something please leave a further comment which will be published immediately.

  6. My female cat just gave birth to five kittens I’m hoping she has plenty of nipples and milk to supply for them all I don’t think she’s quite a year old I had found her outside in the middle of winter I cannot leave her out I brought her in my questioneven though she’s young will she know to take care and nurse her babies

  7. Hi, i think my cat may be pregnant.

    she eating a lot more, she does have a small rounded tummy but she seam to be getting wider more than rounder, shes sleeping a lot & her nipples are pink and large, like puffed rice and slightly crusty… her last heat or season was (and when she escaped from the house) 22nd of august. She was very quiet and had no appetite around the 13th of September for a few days, but after a few days returned to normal after a visit to the vet. He though she may have an infection because she had a temperature so prescribed antibiotics and pain relief. i did mention that she had gotten out of the house on her last heat but he seamed uninterested.

    so i am unsure as to if she is pregnant or not, only time will tell i suppose. if she is pregnant i think its just under 3 week until she would be due… any advice or input would be hugely appreciated

    thankyou in advance.

  8. My cat is pregnant, nipples really swollen, kittens moving. But 2 days ago my cat & me were siting on the couch and I heard my cat licking something. It was a kitten. She was cleaning it.It ended up being stillborne. And she has not had more. I see them moving inside her. When do you think she might deliver?

    • Hi Susan, I don’t really feel qualified to provide you with a good answer. I think you should call the vet. My book tells me:

      Kittens come approximately 15 minutes to two hours apart; more than three hours between kittens is a sign of trouble. This need not apply, however, if the queen is resting happily and nursing kittens without signs of distress.

      I hope the quote helps. Personally, as stated, I’d telephone a vet and ask to be on the safe side. Even a receptionist can probably provide good free advice. The best of luck.

  9. Hi my cat is in season and got out today I see her with a male cat and he mounted her she let out a yell before I managed to scare him off she then rolled about as if she was flirting with him so he tried to mount her again does this mean he didn’t ejaculate the 1st time of was he just trying to do it again ?

  10. Hi, im pretty sure my cat is pregnant and probably ready to give birth at the end of the month……theres like a crusty substance around all her nipples ive been noticing. Is that normal? What is that?

    • It sounds like at the time birth approaches when the breasts enlarge and a milky fluid may come from the nipples which has dried. I tend to agree with your assessment. Good luck. I hope you are well prepared!

  11. My cat is nearing the end of her pregnancy, she has a few days left, and she’s starting to sneeze a lot. She’s 8 month old, got pregnant on accident and had an URI when we got her at 4 months. The doc said she would always sneeze but its been gone the length of her pregnancy. Is it cause for concern?

    • Tricky question for me but I believe that if this is a simple URI (viral infection) there should be no problem but if the URI is a symptom of a more serious underlying disease such as FIV which seems highly unlikely then those serious diseases can affect the embryo (cause fetal loss). I can’t really add much more because this is one the vet! Thanks for visiting though and good luck.

  12. can u email me I was wondering.. my female cat got out and now I am afraid she my be pregnant… she not real young but I would still consider her a kitten. she hasn’t went into her heat stage yet and I am looking to find signs of a possible pregnancy. I have never noticed her nipples before but now if I run my fingers on her belly I can feel them? do you have any tips for figuring out if she is pregnant early on?

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  14. Your comment, i do believe to be rather inappropriate, unless it has been used for educational purposes. The pregnant cats nipples do change during pregnancy, they become larger to accommodate the milk for the kittens to suck from and get the required amount of milk. I know this from owning and breeding cats of myself, if you require more information please comment again… thank you.

    • Hi Maisy, thanks for your comment. If you leave a long comment in response to this one, I’ll turn it into an article (a post) and if you want a link to a website, just tell me. If you just want to add information in another comment, please go ahead. I love good information particularly from fist hand experience. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

      • I have an 11 month old cat and jazabell is always loving and all but shes sleeping more and iw as rubbing her belly and felt 2 nipples sticking out when I try to look at her belly shes very moody on it. could she be pregeant. she really has not much to do with any of our cats and my husband and our kids but very cleaning and demanding I hold her more t hen normal

        • Hello Faith. There are few detectable signs in the first few weeks of gestation. There is a slight gain in weight. A good veterinarian can feel the kittens through abdominal palpation after 20 days. This should only be done by a veterinarian. Cats sometimes have morning sickness in the third to fourth week of pregnancy. As for the cat’s nipples they become pink and obvious by 35 days and at the same time the size of her belly is increasing. This does not seem to square up with what you describe.

          I’m hedging my bets because I do not know whether your cat is pregnant or not from the description that you provide. It may be the case. A pregnant cat might appear apathetic. If you feel inclined perhaps you might come back and comment again if and when there are more clear signs that she is pregnant. Good luck to you both.

  15. You can’t really see the nipples in that video. Is there anywhere I can see a picture of pregnant cat nipple and a not pregnant cat nipple?

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