Signs Pregnant Cats Exhibit in Their 7th Week of Gestation

Nesting behaviors become extremely common at the end of feline pregnancies.

Nesting behaviors become extremely common at the end of feline pregnancies.

If your sweet queen cat is pregnant, the anticipation of the upcoming fluffy bundle (or bundles) of joy can be a lot of fun. When your cat is closing in on her gestation period, you may notice some changes in her behaviors and activities -- think nesting, nesting and more nesting.

Time Frame

Female cats typically are pregnant for just over 2 months, or approximately 63 days or so according to the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Because of the relative brevity of gestation, the seventh week is nearing rapidly toward parturition -- the actual labor process.

Nipples

Around the seventh week of gestation, you may notice a change in your mother cat's nipples. They may take on a significantly bigger and more "full" look than before. Toward the closing of the week, you may even observe the presence of milk -- the beginning of lactation in preparation for her kittens.

Restlessness

If your usually mellow, calm and relaxed queen cat all of a sudden seems endlessly restless and antsy, do not be shocked. Endless pacing and going around in circles is very common during this important time. This anxious late-pregnancy behavior is a sign that she's about to begin nesting -- essentially looking for a calm, warm, quiet and safe place to give birth to her litter peacefully. If you notice that you are having a hard time locating your cat, it's probably because she's on her search for the perfect spot. Make things easy and try to pick out a cozy nesting place for her.

Appetite

In the seventh week, you may notice that your precious pet has very little interest in eating. If she ignores her food bowls completely, or at least has a very reduced appetite, then it's a surefire sign she's nearing her parturition date, so be prepared.

Affectionate Behavior

Late in pregnancy, female cats also often typically begin to behave in uncharacteristically affectionate and loving ways. If your kitty usually is aloof and independent, but all of a sudden is headbutting you and won't leave your side, she may be getting ready for her big day.

Vocalization

Towards the latter part of a feline pregnancy, you may notice unusual "calling" vocalizations. Your cat may start meowing and yowling nonstop, much to the frustration of your ears, of course.

 

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