Just as women tend to switch their diets during their pregnancy – we should switch our Queen’s diet too. One needs to take care of their cat just as they would care for a human during their gestation period. Lucky for you, you get to experience your cat’s miracle within 60 – 62 days from her date of conceiving. However, it’s just as tiring for your cat as it’s wonderful for the both of you. If you don’t know the date – it’s okay – there are signs and behavioral changes in a cat that can help you recognize it’s pregnancy. You can also take her to the vet who’d perform an ultrasound and can tell you the number of babies as well as their developmental stage.
Also read: Cats & their Pregnancies.
Why do we need to switch her diet?
Making sure that your Queen has the right diet during her pregnancy would ensure the chances of a legit healthy litter. She will be able to give birth to healthy kittens as well as have the strength to go through labour. A healthy diet would also make sure that she has the stamina and nutrition to nurse her newborns. The adult food that you give your cat is great for her (unless it’s Me-O). However, it can not provide her the “extra” health for these circumstances. Cats require an extra boost during and after their pregnancy to be able to handle the whole thing – if you won’t do it – it doesn’t just increase her chances of losing her newborns but instead it also puts her health at a great risk.
When should we start her ‘extra’ healthy diet?
A healthy and easy option for you is to switch your cat to a good kitten food. Kitten food has a relatively higher amount of nutrients which will not be present in a normal adult cat food. You can start her new diet from as soon as she starts mating and end it when the kittens are no longer weaning onto her.
This will also be helpful because kittens tend to imitate their mothers – they would want to nibble on what your cat eats once they start walking. Adult food is likely to upset their stomach cause intestinal issues – if you have a kitten food – viola … you’re good to go!
Cat Food: Portion Switching
You can’t, however, change her diet within a flash of a second – no, it will have an adverse effect on her stomach. Start by mixing the kitten food into the adult cat food by a 1:9 ratio. This means that you should only add 1/9th of the kitten food in the total diet on day 1. Keep increasing it everyday and by the 10th day you will be able to shift her diet completely to the new formula. Even if your cat isn’t pregnant and you wish to change it’s food – this is the way to do it.
P.S: If your cat has a sensitive stomach – buy a delicate kitten formula. Moreover, wet food has a lower nutrition value than dry food – thus, if your cat is on a wet food only diet … give her more servings than usual and try mixing some dry food with it to make sure she gets as much nutrition as possible.
What does your Queen need?
Pregnant cats require a high amount of proteins and calories than their regular feeds. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of changing your cat food – you can always make a healthy and nutritious feed for her at home. Just keep in mind that whatever you feed your Queen has an adequate amount of Taurine and other nutrients.
- Meat/ Chicken (Half kg)
- Rice (Quarter kg)
- Meat Broth
Directions: Boil the meat with the double amount of water. This will help keep it soft and chewy for your cat, in case, you want to give it directly to her. Separate the meat from its broth and put it to cool down.
Boil the rice, throw away it’s water. Make sure that it has been boiled perfectly and is not raw.
Take a blender – mix the meat and rice with 3:1 proportion, respectively. This means that meat should be three times more than the rice. Add the meat broth and blend it all together into a paste.
The paste should neither be too grainy nor runny. It’d be smooth.
2 spoons per serving for a cat is normal. For you Queen (pregnant cat), serve 3 spoons. Give her excess to food as much as possible. If you see she has licked clean her bowl – give her more of it in 4 hours again.
- Chicken Liver (Half kg)
- Chicken Kidney (Half kg)
- Ground Mutton (Quarter kg)
- Rice (Half kg)
Directions: Start by boiling chicken liver and kidney together & ground mutton separately. If you want you can skip mutton totally as well. Anyway, moving on, boil the rice in a different container.
Keep the chicken and mutton broth. Just like in the previous recipe – blend everything together using the broth to make a paste. Cats LOVE livers and kidneys, however, make sure you clean them thoroughly.
3 – 4 spoons every 4 hours for you Queen!
- Cooked Salmon (Half kg)
- Hard – boiled Egg (2)
- Oatmeal (Quarter kg)
Description: Make sure there are no bones in the fish, put it in a blender with your boiled egg whites and their yolks. Make sure the eggs are boiled to perfection – raw eggs can cause salmonella in cats.
Add oatmeal to the mix, blend it all to smoothness. Serve it to your cat!
Oatmeal and rice are basically used as the binding ingredients in recipes. You can skip them if you’d like to or keep them to the minimum to bind it all together!
Also check -> Food: The good and bad for your cat.