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Nature has made sure that there will always be cats to add a little pleasure to our lives it's been shown that a single female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years. This is because cats become pregnant very easily - unlike most other mammals, an egg is released to be fertilized as a direct result of mating. Pregnancy can occur whenever the female is in heat, and this happens several times a year.

It takes between 60 and 65 days from mating for the kittens to be born. At first, it will be difficult to tell if your cat is pregnant. There is no obvious outward change although after three weeks or so, the nipples become enlarged (pinking up, as some breeders and Veterinary Surgeons call it), which may well be the first sign. She may also go through a stage of being sick occasionally. It's nothing to worry about - just a bit of morning sickness.

It may be a wise precaution to advise your local Veterinary Surgeon of the expected arrival of the kittens and to find out what arrangements they make for emergency calls after hours if it should become necessary.

Signs of Pregnancy

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