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Is my cat pregnant and if she Is how far along do you think she is.
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Her belly is round and nipples are visible, so yes she's pregnant (providing she's been allowed out), and in my not so rich experience, I'd say she could give birth to her litter within the next 10 to 15 days.
 

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Prob she is. The teats do redden up typically on day 21 after the mating.
 

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How old is your cat? Do you want kittens? An early spay before the halfway point is an option.
 

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How old is your cat? Do you want kittens? An early spay before the halfway point is an option.
Many vets do not take into consideration the spaying past the first three weeks of pregnancy. What I see in that picture is a cat next to giving birth.
 
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she just turned 1 and I would like to keep the kittens
 

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A vet can give you an estimated gestational age of the kittens with an x-ray.
 

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An x-ray is safe after a certain point. Ultrasound is fine too.
 

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Ultrasound is good for determining pregnancy at 3 weeks through the end of gestation. Heartbeats can be seen on the ultrasound, so that you know that the kittens are alive. Ultrasound is not very good for determining number of kittens, however.

X-ray is considered safe as long as you don't do it repeatedly. It is a good method of determining pregnancy starting between 6-7 weeks when the fetal bones begin to calcify. Before 6-7 weeks, it's not a good diagnostic method, since there are no fetal bones to show up on the X-ray. It's not possible to tell for sure if the kittens are alive from an X-ray. However, X-ray can give a better guess at the number and positioning of kittens than ultrasound.

Both methods can give a rough idea of gestational age, based on the size of the kittens, and how developed they appear. It's still a guess, though.

Most vets can do an X-ray, and it tends to be less expensive than ultrasound. Many vets don't do ultrasound.
 

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Looks pregnant yes and please spay her and fix the kittens. Xrays would be fine. Make sure to keep her inside until she can be spayed. I'd recommend getting some KMR and reading up on how to bottle feed a kitten just incase. :)
 

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Most vets can do an X-ray, and it tends to be less expensive than ultrasound. Many vets don't do ultrasound.
I guess it depends on the country. And I consider myself lucky, because, generally speaking, both an x-ray and an ultrasound can be free of charge when done for a quick check (not for diagnosis, and no report given) at the places where I go.
 

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I guess it depends on the country. And I consider myself lucky, because, generally speaking, both an x-ray and an ultrasound can be free of charge when done for a quick check (not for diagnosis, and no report given) at the places where I go.
Yes, it definitely depends on the country and also the local area. I am in the US and my local vet only does X-rays for pregnant cats. They have an ultrasound machine but don't use it for pregnancy diagnosis, so when I want an ultrasound, I have to drive another hour away and pay extra for a specialist vet.
 
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