Felis ISSN 2398-2950
Contributor(s): David Godfrey, Rob Lofstedt, Autumn P Davidson
- Pregnancy diagnosis and subsequent examinations are important because:
- Permits better cattery husbandry when pregnancy is confirmed.
- Permits earlier evaluation for failure to conceive.
- Owners can home/sell kittens while they are still in utero.
- The fertility of the male can be proven.
- The health of the pregnancy and fetal viability can be monitored.
- Gestational aging is possible.
- Stud fees can be paid on the basis of a positive pregnancy diagnosis.
- Owner can prepare for the parturition Parturition.
- Single kitten syndrome can be confirmed and managed appropriately.
- Non-gravid females need not be treated unnecessarily to terminate pregnancies.
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- Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
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- Haney D R, Levy J K, Newell S M et al (2003) Use of fetal skeletal mineralization for prediction of parturition date in cats. JAVMA 223 (11), 1614-1616 PubMed.
- Davidson A P, Nyland T G, Tsutsui T (1986) Pregnancy diagnosis with ultrasound in the domestic cat. J Vet Radiol 27 (4), 109-114 VetMedResource.