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Vet Minute: How to Tell if a Cat is Pregnant

November 29, 2022

Vet Minute: How to Tell if a Cat is Pregnant

Last updated: September 08, 2020

Is my cat pregnant? In this Vet Minute, Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, talks about some common signs of cat pregnancy. Cat pregnancy symptoms can vary between each animal, so it's always best to consult with your veterinarian if you suspect your cat may be pregnant. If you have any questions or need help, call us at 800.786.4751.

How Can I Tell if My Cat is Pregnant?

This is a great question because cats get pregnant very easily. If they slip out your door, or live outside part of the time, chances are she's going to end up pregnant unless she's spayed. So pregnancy can be a little hard to diagnosis early. It's not quite as obvious in a cat as it is in a dog. With a pregnancy your going to see probably a little bit more pronounced nipple development. They may be a little bit pinker.

When Do Cats Show Signs of Pregnancy?

Until a pregnant cat really starts to belly up at about the fifth to sixth week of pregnancy you really don't have anyway to tell. In fact we have cats that come in and people just bring them in and they're in for something like a vaccination and then they'll say, you know, she might be pregnant. We don't want to vaccinate during that visit so we want to be very careful. Ultrasound is eventually going to be the primary way we can make the diagnosis until she gets to full term. And after day 45 or day 50 we can tell with an X-ray. But most people don't want to tend to do those types of procedures if they just have a cat that is kind of in and out of the house. But those are the most accurate ways to make a diagnosis. There's really no good blood test for it and it's really best done with a veterinarians ultrasound and or X-ray after day 45.

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 35+ years' experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She's served as Revival's Director of Veterinary Services since 2019.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.