Psychological pregnancy in cats - Symptoms, causes and treatment


In dogs and cats without sterilization the appearance of psychological pregnancies is relatively frequents, also known as false pregnancy or pseudogestation.

It is a hormonal alteration that usually occurs after a heat in which there has been no fertilization and that reproduce the typical alterations of a pregnancy: the breasts swell and even secrete milk, the belly bulges, the behavior and personality of the animal is altered, you can even adopt another animal or a toy and treat it as if it were a puppy.

The symptoms vary in intensity depending on each animal and they don't have to manifest all.

Is about a serious disorder that should not be taken as a joke, since it can end up causing serious physical damage to the animal: cysts, breast tumors, kidney problems ...

As soon as the first symptoms are perceived, you should go to the veterinarian, since the only definitive solution is sterilization.

That the dog or the cat has a litter as it is still heard a lot in the street will not be more than a momentary relief, in next jealousy the psychological pregnancies can return.

The dog of the photos is called Triki, is three years old and is urgently looking for a home.

It is located in the protective of Murcia, in Sangonera. It is sent to other provinces.

I was in a cell with six other bitches and one day two bitches attacked her: She was quite injured, bleeding a lot, with bites in many places.

Since two weeks is in a small quarentena cell She alone is in a corner and does not stop shaking. It is urgent that soon find home.

Also if someone is offered as a shelter would be great, the important thing is to get out of there.

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Hello everyone! Triki has left this afternoon of the protective of Sangonera! It has been picked up by some volunteers from the Caravaca-Cehegín protector who were going to take her home to spend the night and tomorrow they would take her to the shelter. She will be in a room by herself, they will walk her every day and treat her Leishmania! They will treat her great, I'm sure she will be much happier now ... although to be fully happy it would be great to be adopted ... but for now it is a great step! It has been saved!

What causes psychological pregnancy in cats?

This disorder is usually more common to occur in females that have never given birth and are not spayed but psychological pregnancy in neutered cats is also possible.

The reasons why a pussycat can have a false pregnancy are hormonal nature. When the cats have the ovulate heat and thus have been crossed or not the uterus produces a cyst called corpus luteum. If fertilization does not occur, this cyst tends to disappear. What happens with psychological or false pregnancies is that instead of this happening, the cyst is maintained and activates the mechanism of pregnancy, whose symptoms include the progesterone production.

Cats, as well as other animals, together with humans, produce the hormone progesterone that is responsible for preparing the body to carry, develop and maintain the offspring. This hormone is released in the weeks following the heat, which is when the cat is more receptive to the approach of the male cat. During this phase, psychological pregnancies can occur even if mating has not occurred, because the hormone is able to act on its own and fool the animal's body and mind that will not be able to distinguish between a real pregnancy and a false pregnancy.

Symptoms of a psychological pregnancy in cats

The deceptive nature, through the hormone progesterone, will make all the symptoms of a false pregnancy practically the same symptoms of a real pregnancy, therefore, it will be difficult to distinguish with the naked eye. A sample of the first symptoms, it is best to take your cat to the veterinarian to perform the corresponding evaluation.

On a physical level the following will be the symptoms of a pregnant cat:

  • Your cat will gain weight and her abdomen will swell.
  • Your nipples will also swell, become pink and present larger mammary glands.
  • Vomiting
  • The heat cycle will stop
  • It will produce milk and vulvar flow.

At the psycho-emotional level, the symptoms will also accompany it:

  • He will act too maternally and lovingly.
  • Your appetite will be altered.
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Behavioral changes, you will be more nervous and insecure.
  • The cat will seek to make a kind of refuge or n>

What to do in case of a psychological pregnancy in cats

Your cat will certainly believe that she is pregnant, and this will be an important stage for her so you must provide her with a series of proper care. If it shows symptoms of a psychological pregnancy, even though it has not been fertilized, the first thing to do is treat it with love and as normal as possible. She will seek attention and you must give it to her. The second is to be patient because these symptoms can last several months.

It is important take her to the specialist as soon as you detect any of the mentioned symptoms. The doctor should assess the intensity of the psychological pregnancy and determine the best care. Be aware of this situation and do not miss it because if your cat gets to produce milk and is not treated in time, it can harden and remain in the breasts, causing serious problems such as mastitis.

In milder cases the treatment may be based on the administration of homeopathic remedies. For anxiety and nervousness, valerian is usually a great solution. If the situation worsens and the symptoms are more severe, the treatment will be with drugs determined by the veterinarian.

To prevent this type of psychological pregnancy, as well as risks of future cysts and tumors in the breasts, it is best to sterilize the cat. This procedure reduces the instinct of the animal and improves its quality of life at home.

This article is purely informative, at we have no power to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any kind of diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian in case he presents any type of condition or discomfort.

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Symptoms of a psychological pregnancy in cats

The animal's progesterone hormone will allow all the symptoms of a false pregnancy to be the same symptoms of a real pregnancy, therefore there will be the following changes in your pet:

  • Weight gain
  • Swollen abdomen and nipples
  • Vomiting
  • The heat cycle stops
  • Milk production and vulvar flow
  • Fatigue
  • She will be more loving, nervous and insecure.
  • Will make a shelter to prepare for childbirth

Superficially, it will be very difficult to distinguish whether the pregnancy is psychological or true, so it is better for a veterinarian to examine it and determine its veracity.

For your part, you should treat it with love and the way you usually do it. You must also be very patient because the symptoms can remain for months.

But yes, you must be very attentive because these signs can cause serious consequences, such as a mastitis as a result of milk that dries and hardens in your breasts.

Also, to avoid psychological pregnancies it is best to sterilize the cat but if you are already going through one we recommend you to administer homeopathic treatments or Valerian to reduce anxiety and nervousness.