I found a cat I believe she is pregnant. Never been a cat owner before.
I work at an apartment complex and yesterday I came across a very friendly domesticated cat. I was uncertain if she belonged here, maybe she escaped and is now lost or maybe someone abandoned her. Well then there's more to the story, I am pretty sure my new friend is pregnant but I can not be certain. I also have never owned a cat before and am unaware of any behaviors to look for that might be concerning. I have taken her in and posted found cat posters in the meantime I would just like to keep her as comfortable as possible. I noticed today that she was laying in her litterbox which puzzled me. I also have a small dog who is unfamiliar with cats so I don't know if her lounging in the litter box is due to security or if that is just something they do. Please help.
on Dec 6th 2012
in Adoption & Rescue
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Pregnant cats (or queens) will often desire to nest especially if they are close to delivery time. Try offering her a cardboard box with a blanket and she if she prefers that instead. It is also very common for scared or insecure cats to "hide" in their litter box. You see it a lot in animal shelters. No need for concern unless she starts to eat the litter or make a mess. She will stop the behavior once she feels secure.
Cecilia answered on 12/6/12. Helpful? / 0
When I handled the adoption center for the rescue I volunteered at, many of our "new" cats would lay in their litter boxes. Cats, especially pregnant ones, like little, enclosed areas where they feel safe. When my daughter fostered a pregnant queen, she set her up in her own room. She already had 5 cats and wanted to keep the queen comfortable and feeling safe. Rainey eventually had her kittens in a closet where my daughter had placed a blanket for a "nest". If you already have a dog, then you probably have a vet. If the cat allows you to handle her, take her in for a well-momma exam. Find out if she's healthy, disease/flea free and at that time, take notes on what the vet tells you about how to handle a pregnant cat/new mom/kittens. If the cat is pregnant, now is not a good time to try to make friends with the dog. You may, if you have the room, want to keep them separated until the kittens are gone. A honked off, protective momma cat can be mean to other animals. Good luck!
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 12/7/12. Helpful? / 0