How far along in pregnancy do cats start to seek out the birthing location?

I'm trying to figure out how far along my cat is. Her stomach is firm and round, and you can feel the babies although I have not felt any kicking yet. Today I found her under my bed and she has never gone under there before. I called her and petted her, and then after a while she went back under the bed. I'm thinking she is scouting it out as a nest. So I was just wondering how far into the pregnancy cats start doing this. Thanks!

Kristine r asked on 10 May '11 at 10:46

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Tififif answer on 10 May '11 at 10:46

Your cat is about at the same stage right now as mine. From what I can tell she has about two weeks to go. In about a week you will notice a huge change in her nippples and her milk will start to come in. Expect her to deliver about 5-7 days from the time you notice her nipples swelling. This is the perfect time to provide her with a safe birthing location. Prepare a box with a towel or old blanket and show it to her several times a day. Make sure that it is in a place that she is comfortable and it is away from other animals and children. I have a home office and she lays on my desk all day so my box is actually under my desk. You can move the location after about a week.

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Starsfan14 answer on 09 May '11 at 17:01

I have been on Lovenox with both of my pregnancies. The first time I started at 27 weeks after a DVT was found in my left thigh. And the entire time with my second child. I started them in my first pregnancy in my stomach and love handles. However, I was having a lot of pain with them there. And the bruises were horrible. I have always been rather thin and I had no fat on my stomach and very little in the love handle area. So my doctor allowed me have mine put in my rear (my husband did them) and that worked out for me. Although I have heard of many people taking them the entire pregnancy in their stomach. It is perfectly safe to put them there. I don't think you can hit the baby with that short of a needle (although I know it doesn't feel short in your stomach) Although you can always ask your doctor. He/she might allow you to change the place like mine did. Take care, I know those shots aren't fun.

*~proud mommy~* answer on 10 May '11 at 01:08

As you get closer to your 12 week mark you will notice a slight hard spot right above your pubic bone, and as you go on, the hard spot will increase. Though your stomach will not be really hard all over, typically the hard that you are feeling later in your pregnancy is actually the baby. For example, I am 36 weeks a long with my 2nd, and I still have some give to my stomach, though my stomach is firmer than it is pregnancy, it isn't this rock hard unmovable thing either, unless the baby is in a position where he is pushing outward.

Queen agnostic answer on 10 May '11 at 01:29

Thats horrible... so sorry :( You shouldnt be alone... do you have a mother close by? Are you close to your mother... or a sister? You need a female companion right now.... someone who will comfort you and be there for you when you need to talk. This is really sad... what a coward.... your husband is. You will be okay. Just love those babies to death... they are innocent in all this and they love you unconditionally. when your feeling down, rub your stomach and tell that baby you will do right by it... dont let that jerk of an ex husband ruin this bonding time. Forget him...just take his money... check your feelings in the toilet. Dont be depressed ... please... its not good for a developing fetus..... you need to tell your doctor about all this... if you havent already. And do reach out to a friend or family member.... people will be fine helping you out in this situation..... I would if anyone I knew needed support.... I havent quite been in this situation but when I got pregnant there were issues... my husband said he wasnt ready to be a dad... and I said, well, your going to be on so suck it up.... and he was kind of an a$$hole about it for a few months... we were a double income no kids travel when we want kind of couple and the thought of having a baby scared the crap out of him.... well.... I told myself and my baby one night that I choose baby... if he cant deal with it, so be it and i was ready to be alone.... but he came to. The point is, the baby came first. good luck to you

Getpregnantguy answer on 10 May '11 at 09:38

First of all, congratulations to you... ;-) I am happy for you as I know it is not easy to get pregnant, not to mention this is your 2nd baby you are expecting. We, too are also having problem determining the symptoms of pregnancy even though we have 3 kids. We read many books, resources, going to doctors and finally gathered our findings to 3 very important symptoms to see whether you are pregnant or not. Let me share it with you... #1 Of course, missing your period is one of the symptoms, if your menstrual cycle normally occurs regularly. However there are some women experience bleeding or spotting around the time of expected period. It happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and is referred to as implantation bleeding. During pregnancy the bleeding is lighter and shorter. Missed period is not a confirmation that you are pregnant as it can also happen because of the condition of emotional and physical. #2 Are you having nausea / morning sickness? If yes, it can be another common sign of pregnancy. It will show up 2 - 8 week after conception and can be happen anytime (day or night). In most women, nausea and vomiting begin to subside by the second trimester of pregnancy. In early pregnancy elevation of estrogen occurs it is to slow the emptying of the stomach and may be related to the development of nausea. #3 Are your breast tender? It is usually similar to the sensation before menstrual period. Many women feel that their breasts are fuller and tender with their nipples being more sensitive during early pregnancy. For pregnant women it may begin as early 1 - 2 weeks after conception. The color around your nipple will get darker and feeling of heaviness or fullness in the breasts. It is due to breast are preparing for breastfeeding. Definitely, it is better to consult with your doctor with the changes of your body. Pregnancy is not the same like your normal life as more things need to be aware. With that, I hope these information is relevant to see whether you are pregnant or not. It is rather important to go to your doctor in conjunction in understanding these symptoms. This is just my humble opinion....................

Rditts answer on 10 May '11 at 10:03

i had pains since i was about 4-5 weeks pregnant! a lot of the pain is from your uterus becoming larger, and it is trying to suit the baby. the pains also come from the pubic bone pushing up. it pushes up on all the your organs: bladder, kidneys, and stomach etc... you may begin to notice within the next week or two that you are not as hungry as usual! that is because you stomach is being smashed by your pubic bone. all of this is cometley normal. my sharp pains started to go ease up around 14 weeks. but haven't gone away! (too bad) the pains can feel like knives going into your sides! i am now 23 weeks pregnant, and i do get a sharp pain here and there, but they are not as bad as they are in the beginning of pregnancy! if you every have a cramp the is accompanied by bleeding or amniotic fluid go to the ER asap! otherwise, you should be just fine! good luck!!