So yesterday my boyfriend brought home two purebred Bengal cats. I had been looking for a Bengal for a long time. These two cats were the product of a divorce, so Jason took them so they wouldnt go to the pound.
The previous owner was a breeder, and these two were a breeding pair and she kept them together in an outside room type thing. After playing with the female lastnight i noticed her stomach seemed to feel funny, I dont know if she is pregnant or if it was from her previous litters. Anyways I am definitly getting them fixed, no breeding plans here. I want to take the female into work with me today to get the vet to exam her, but i dont want to freak her out since we just got her yesterday. She actually seems to be taking everything pretty well, but the male (Romeo) is hiding under the tv stand, so I will leave him be till he is ready to come out. The female is really affectionate and likes to be pet. Im just not sure if i should wait a while to get her checked, or if i should bring her in today, especially since i think she mght be pregnant.
What do you guys think? should i wait?It hasnt even been 24 hours since we brought them home.
and i just want to say once more so there isnt confusion, I do not plan to breed, and they are getting fixed as soon as possible.
Well she IS pregnant. Dont know how far a long but the vet thinks a couple weeks. I got her kitten food, and I have been doing a lot of reserach online, if anyone has any tips or advice on caring for a pregnant cat I would appreciate it.
Thanks for the replies so far guys, hope you all have a good day!
Congratulations on your new cats and new kittens to be! Make sure you have a secluded, dark place for her to have her kittens-they don't like too much light. Also, make sure it is warm. Don't disturb them too much, especially at the beginning. If a momma cat feels her kittens are in any danger, she will move them (often!) So tempting as it may be, don't give them tons of attention, especially the first 2 weeks.
The mother will need extra food when she is close to being due, and also, while nursing. Believe it or not, a cat can eat twice it's normal ration while nursing.
When the kittens are weaned, you can have her spayed, if that is your plan. By law (at least, in PA) a vet cannot spay a cat that is nursing kittens, unless she has abandoned her litter. But be sure they are totally weaned, because if they are still nursing, the momma probably won't let them nurse because of the discomfort and the stitches from being spayed.
***Edited By: catlover on 3/26/2006 4:31:47 PM*** Reason: x