April 14, 2019, 08:33 | Animals
How to know the exact number of future kittens?
Pregnancy is a very important and responsible period in the life of both the cat itself and its owner, because domestic pets are less adapted to life than their street relatives, informs Ukr.Media.
Only thanks to your care and concern, they will be able to survive this moment more easily and calmly, and for this, of course, you need to prepare in advance. Of course, you can put yourself in the hands of professionals, but many people prefer to give birth at home in order to experience the whole process themselves.
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Naturally, so that childbirth proceeds more calmly, and you do not worry, but how many more fluffy lumps should appear in the world, it is desirable to know in advance how many kittens a cat can give birth to. In order to understand this issue, you need to learn a little about the pregnancy of a pet.
Usually, the entire period of gestation in a cat lasts about 63 days, the period can vary a little, plus or minus 2-3 days, but this is not the point. Usually, a cat's pregnancy is conditionally divided into several stages, but already at the first of them (approximately the third week), you can clearly feel the kitten embryos in the round and strengthened tummy of the future mother. It is difficult to say how many there will be during this period, they are usually no more than 3 cm long.
Around the fifth week, the belly of the furry mother increases by a couple of centimeters, it is undesirable to feel the future kittens during this period, because they acquire a cylindrical shape and descend directly into the abdominal cavity.
By the way, a cat, like a person, can have an ultrasound scan, which will not only confirm the presence of pregnancy in the early stages, but also allow you to determine how many kittens to expect. Starting from the 6th week, the belly begins to rapidly change in size, and already on the 7th, you can feel the active movements of the future fur babies. In the last week, the cat becomes less active, and in the last days it actively looks for a place to give birth.
How many kittens can a healthy cat give birth to?
This issue is of particular concern to those owners who breed purebreds, because you need to prepare for their next sale in advance.
By the way, a paradox, domestic purebred cats often have fewer offspring than ordinary yard cats, which are associated with weakness at the genetic level.
In addition, it is useful for the owners of ordinary, even the least thoroughbred pets to know, because the further fate of the little fluffy lumps must also be taken care of in advance, and knowing their number, it is much easier to give birth.
It is believed that an ordinary average cat, which does not have any health problems, eats well and lives at home, can bring from 4 to 6 kittens. Naturally, this number can change somewhat in one direction or another.
This number is called optimal and it is subject to a simple calculation formula: the number of nipples minus two. Naturally, there are no strict theorems on this topic, there are known cases when one cat gave birth to 15 live and healthy kittens! This, of course, is more the exception than the rule, but nevertheless.
What affects the number of offspring?
- First of all, it is the age of the future mother. If the cat gives birth for the first time, then, most likely, the number of kittens will vary from one to three individuals. An experienced and adult female is able to give birth to 4 to 12 kittens, but already aged cats (usually after 7 years) are not able to give birth to numerous offspring. Surprisingly, at this age they often begin to feel tenderness and motherly feelings for other people's kittens and even “adopt” them.
- Secondly, this is, of course, the state of health of the pet. An animal that does not receive adequate nutrition, is weakened or unhealthy is simply not able to bear or give birth to numerous offspring. Usually, such cats have no more than three kittens.
- Thirdly, this is heredity. A cat that was born in a large litter has a much greater chance of giving birth to a larger number of kittens.
- Pedigrees have much less chance of giving birth to a large number of offspring.
But how find out the exact number of future kittens? Only ultrasound can tell you reliable numbers with an accuracy of up to 99%. Of course, you can also assume about a large offspring by the size of the belly of the future furry mother: the bigger it is, the more offspring she expects. In the early stages (at 3-4 weeks), you can try to gently feel her stomach and count the number of embryos.