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There gestation it is a very delicate moment for both cats than for their humans: it is therefore the case to manage it better knowing what you are going to encounter. Although this is a very similar experience for all cats, there are some peculiarities that vary from one breed to another: in this article we will examine the case of British Shorthair.
The British Shorthair female can reproduce at around 10 months of life but it is advisable to wait until 2nd heat (15-18 months) before getting her to mate, so that she can better withstand the physical stress that a pregnancy requires.
In general, the duration of gestation in cats is easy to predict if the date of conception is known. In this breed it lasts approx 65 days or a little more and results in the birth of 4-5 kittens; if by the seventieth day the cat has not yet given birth to her young, it is advisable to immediately take her to the vet, because there could be a serious problem.
Unlike other breeds, especially those featuring a larger head, a British Shorthair will have less difficulty in giving birth but it still needs care and attention. You may notice that she is hungrier than usual when she is pregnant and it is definitely the case to satisfy her cravings on this particular occasion, but there is a clarification to be made about it.
These cats are gods great gluttons and if they could, they would spend their days eating, so under normal conditions it is necessary to keep an eye on the amount of food they eat to avoid the risk of obesity. And even in the early stages of gestation it is recommended that the cat follow her usual diet, because a sudden weight gain could complicate the birth.
At a later stage, however, you can be more permissive and get her to eat as much as she wants. Restricting her diet could even be dangerous - this is the time she needs to eat more and not only for himself but also for his puppies. If you find her lacking in appetite, lethargic or generally notice that she behaves differently than usual, she may not be well.
For the rest, what has already been said for the gestation of cats in general is valid: these future mothers are more self-sufficient of other animals (including humans!) and may not have any need for you; but when it comes time to give birth it is good to stay around to make sure you have done everything possible to make your cat feel safe, and above all to be able to intervene (even if only with a call to the vet) in case of unexpected events.
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