Pregnancy is an important stage in the life of any domestic cat, at this time all body processes are rebuilt. Their course affects the health of both the adult animal itself and the formation of its babies. It is important to create comfortable conditions for your cat in which she will be calm. Proper nutrition during a special period plays an important role, it will depend on how kittens will grow and develop.
The question of what to feed a pregnant Maine Coon cat worries many owners. In addition to changes in internal organs, there is often a significant improvement in appetite and an increase in metabolism. All this often causes an increase in the weight of the animal. By the end of the gestation period, the pet can lose weight, and due to improper feeding, it can be completely depleted.
Maine Coon food “on drift” is not strikingly different from the diet of other domestic felines, there will be a fairly balanced full feeding. It is hard to believe that an animal of this mass can grow up on ordinary food. But there are nutritional characteristics of this breed.
What should be fed to a pregnant Maine Coon cat?
Errors in the composition of the diet for animals in position, insufficient intake of nutrients into the body, can cause abnormal development of bones, organs, and growth retardation of young. Food for pregnant cats should be varied and complete. It is important to comply with this condition, especially the first month of fetal development – during the laying of the organs of babies.
Each stage of pregnancy in Maine Coon cats will require changes in the quality and quantity of food. The duration of the gestation period is 65 days, which is 9 weeks. During this period, you need a high-calorie diet rich in trace elements, vitamins, and protein.
In the first 2 weeks of the term, the size of the usual diet of a pregnant woman is increased slightly – by only 10%. This does not mean an increase in the size of the portion, the cat’s stomach is small, you should only bring the feeding up to 4-5 times a day.
The third week will require 50% more food, but overfeeding is unacceptable: it can lead to obesity of kittens and severely complicated childbirth.
Starting from the seventh week, the female’s appetite decreases, which is caused by increased pressure of the peritoneum, overflowing with fruits. Now you need to feed the coon less, 3 times a day is enough. The mother’s body needs unloading, the babies no longer need enhanced nutrition. With a complete refusal to eat, it is worth giving the animal rest – this may be a symptom of the onset of labor.
What foods are needed for a pregnant Maine Coon
The diet of a kitty in an interesting position should be made taking into account age, size, breed. Necessary nutrients and vitamins must be present. Considering its usefulness, beef meat is included in the diet of a pregnant Maine Coon cat, which in its raw form makes up half of the daily feed volume.
You can diversify the menu with boiled low-fat fish – “Murki” love this product. It should be remembered: you cannot abuse such dishes – fish products are not recommended for a thoroughbred cat. Milk and dairy products are included in food, but only after the animals have eaten the main feed, this will prevent digestive upsets of the future woman in labor.
- fermented milk drinks, cottage cheese;
- boiled turkey, chicken;
- cereals (buckwheat, rice);
- vegetables (zucchini, carrots, cabbage) as an addition to a meat dish.
With your usual mustachioed pet feeding ready-made dry food and canned food, you should give developed products specifically for pregnant cats.
Constipation often occurs during Maine Coon pregnancy. In such cases, a cat can be given petroleum jelly at the rate of 1 ml per 1 kg. You can introduce into the diet sprouts of wheat, oats, vegetable purees, flavored with vegetable fat.
Treats, cheap food of poor quality, replete with harmful chemicals – flavors and dyes – are not allowed for Maine Coon cats. You cannot give food from the table. You need to understand that in order for a fluffy beauty to happily run to her bowl, the food should be not only healthy but also tasty.
What professional breeders advise
Some cattery owners, specialists in breed breeding, know everything about feeding Maine Coons. Breeders advise giving females ready-made food for kittens containing the necessary components: calcium, minerals, proteins. The daily portion of a cat increases 4 times, a larger volume causes excess body weight for mom and babies. Changing the brand of products during pregnancy is unacceptable.
What is needed after childbirth?
With the appearance of the young, the food remains habitual for a thoroughbred pet. But, taking into account the state of motherhood, it is necessary to correct feeding for the intake of the necessary ingredients in the female’s body. After the birth of the offspring, the energy consumption of the kitty increases much, compared to pregnancy. She needs to recover from childbirth, to develop enough milk to feed the children. Taking into account the increased appetite, the number of offspring, the weight of the feline mother, increase the required amount of food.
From the first days after the end of childbirth, you can give meat, cottage cheese, sour cream. But feeding a Maine Coon woman in labor with milk is not worth it: it is still not absorbed in the cat’s body.
An additional source of the mineral is a bone meal or vitamin complexes with its addition. Lack of calcium often leads to the onset of a dangerous Maine Coon disease in the pre-and postnatal period – eclampsia. It is expressed by the occurrence of fever, convulsions, nervous excitement, and can cause the death of your Maine coon cat.
Especially necessary foods after childbirth:
- boiled quail and chicken eggs,
- boiled and fresh fish,
- meat with the addition of chopped greens.
Meat products when feeding coons should not be seasoned with salt and spices. After giving birth to a newborn, give your Maine coon cat more water. It should be fresh, better filtered, water that is close to the cat. The first time after the birth of kittens, the mother cannot move far away from them. They supplement the required amount of moisture with beef and turkey soups and broths, pour them into a bowl always warm.
Coons’ appetite increases significantly during the feeding period, they swallow large pieces of food in a hurry, it is worth trying to feed them with carefully chopped food.
Like food, we recommend ready-made canned food, dry food intended for lactating cats or kittens, they contain proteins necessary for lactating females. For the animal’s menu, it is important to use products of a high, at least premium, class. Bad low-quality products cause allergic reactions and diseases of internal organs.
The dietary preferences of a nursing kitty can vary. She can give up her previously favorite dry food or beef and switch only to chicken or fish. One should be patient with the “mother’s whims” and give food that is to the liking of the Maine coon cat, the animal’s body is able to regulate its needs in a natural way. With a decrease in appetite, they try to gradually introduce new products.
The fact that the food is correct can show the appearance of a fluffy beauty. Good weight, shiny coat, and well-nourished kittens prove that you have a competent diet for cats after giving birth and your love for the animal.
Many future owners of these beautiful large domestic predators, even before acquiring a mustachioed friend, dream of having offspring from them. This will require not only the hassle of raising babies, but also large expenses for full nutrition for a pregnant woman, and after giving birth – a lactating cat. It is worth weighing not only the desire to find a fashionable animal, but also the financial capabilities to provide your pet with high-quality balanced nutrition, and then enjoy cute and funny healthy fluffy kittens.