The hysterical pregnancy of the cat it is very rare, unlike the canine species in which this disorder occurs more frequently, but with almost overlapping symptoms.
But how to recognize a hysterical pregnancy in our 4-legged friends? What is the most effective way to prevent it? Let’s find out!
Symptoms of hysterical pregnancy in cats
Hysterical cat pregnancy is a false pregnancy in which the cat shows symptoms and behaviors typical of gestation, despite not being pregnant.
This disorder involves more or less important changes that can involve both the behavioral and physical spheres, similar to what would happen during a real pregnancy.
The most common hysterical pregnancy symptoms in cats involve the physical symptoms. Here are the main ones:
- weight gain;
- swollen abdomen;
- heat interruption;
- small leaks of milk or fluid from the breasts;
- swelling of the breasts or nipples.
Behavioral symptoms occur more rarely than physical ones, but it is possible that our cat during hysterical pregnancy implements abnormal behaviors, such as:
- simulate maternal behaviors, such as preparing a nest for the puppies;
- show more affectionate;
- lose appetite;
- sleeping more than usual (lethargy);
- be tense or nervous.
Can hysterical pregnancy affect milk production?
The hysterical pregnancy of the cat rarely determines the production of latte, while in the dog it is more frequent to find this symptom. Should this happen, it will be necessary to contact the veterinarian for the prescription of an adequate therapy.
There are two excellent reasons not to delay:
- the permanence of milk in the mammary lumen can give rise to various complications, for this reason it is necessary to prevent its unwanted production;
- on the other hand, encouraging the flow of milk is wrong because in response to the stimulus, the cat’s body will begin to produce it again.
Causes of hysterical pregnancy in cats
The real causes that trigger hysterical pregnancy are still unknown, but an important role can be attributed to a high production of hormones that are very important in regulating the estrous cycles of many species, such as progesterone and the prolactin.
Progesterone is the hormone of choice during pregnancy, in fact its levels are permanently high for almost the entire natural gestation. Its purpose is in fact to prepare the body of Micio to better face a pregnancy.
A rise in progesterone levels can cause the cat to behave as if she is pregnant.
Diagnosis and treatment of hysterical pregnancy in cats
The diagnosis of hysterical pregnancy is made by the vet following a careful anamnesis, in which the clinical history of the cat is evaluated. Distinguishing it from a real pregnancy sometimes requires the help of laboratory tests, blood samples and possible ultrasound.
The therapy varies according to the clinical case. Useful natural remedies that give peace of mind to the cat, such as valerian, lemon balm or bach flowers.
How long does a cat’s hysterical pregnancy last?
Hysterical pregnancy can last from a few days to over a month. Hysterical pregnancy does not occur during the estrous cycle but in the following phase, when the heat is over, and matches the period of gestation.
What to do in case of hysterical pregnancy in the cat?
If you suspect a hysterical pregnancy in your cat, contact a vet as soon as possible.
Primarily because it is necessary to exclude with appropriate investigations that an effective pregnancy is not in progress; secondly because the hysterical pregnancy needs further investigation to exclude potential pathologies of the reproductive system.
In the event of a false pregnancy, we need to be patient, understanding and consider an extra dose of pampering for our beloved domestic feline who is facing a delicate problem.
Tips for the prevention of hysterical pregnancy in cats
Hysterical pregnancy can be prevented and “cured” thanks to sterilizationparticularly from a total hysterectomy, which surgically removes the uterus and ovaries.
Sterilization contributes in several ways to ensuring a longer life and improving its quality, as well as protecting the cat from the risk of hysterical pregnancy.