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If my cat bred almost four weeks ago what signs should I be seeing right now? Like I said she only had contact with one male intact kitten who was about 5 months old. I found them both in my room with her being under the bed (not laying on her back tho) and him on the other side of the bed. She doesn't tolerate other cats except her brother (fixed litter mate and lives downstairs with another neighbor) coming near her under my bed so how would I tell the difference between a "mating" scream and "get away from me" scream? She's been sleeping more the last few days but she does that sometimes just before going into heat. You said morning sickness happens soon after mating so how soon after is normal for that to happen? She threw up once this week and hasn't thrown up since and it's been four weeks since she may have mated.

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Leeann,

We find that between 21 days after being bred and about 55 days into the pregnancy, except for some weight gain, and the nipples beginning to get more prominent, there is not much you can tell.

BTW, nipples can go pink when the female is coming back into heat.

You can always go to the vet and see if they can tell you anything, but I might wait a little later on to be more sure she is or is not pregnant.

Best regards.... Norm.

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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