What to Expect When Your Pet’s Expecting: Caring for the Pregnant Pet

pregnant petsIf you have made the decision to breed your pet, chances are a lot of time, planning, and a great deal of commitment have been a part of the process. After all that hard work comes the fun part…meeting your new fuzzy babies!

Before you can meet your sweet bundles of joy, you need to make sure that they arrive safely. Caring for your pregnant pet is a little bit of work, but in the end all the extra effort is worth it.

Your Pet in Heat

Most people are aware that conception takes place when an animal is in heat. There are a few things to know about this part of animal care, and it turns out dogs and cats are quite different.

Cats generally experience their first heat when they reach  80% of their adult weight, anywhere between four and eight months of age. Felines are also seasonal ovulators, and start cycling when the days are longer, usually spring through early fall. Unlike many other species, a cat will continue to cycle in and out of heat until she is bred. A cat in estrus is often a sight to see. The amount of purring, yowling, and affection seeking is absolutely unreal!