Clinical management of pregnancy in cats

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Average gestation length in domestic cats is 65.6 days, with a range of 52-74 days. Average reported litter size is 4.0 kittens per litter; litter size is not correlated with number of matings in a given estrus. Superfecundation is common in domestic cats; superfetation never has been definitively proven to occur. Eclampsia may occur during pregnancy in queens, with non-specific clinical signs. Ectopic pregnancy and uterine torsion have been reported. Pregnancy loss may be due to infectious causes, including bacteria, viruses or protozoa, or non-infectious causes, such as hypoluteoidism and chromosome errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2006

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  • Abortion
  • Cats
  • Hormones
  • Litter size
  • Pregnancy
  • Viruses

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