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Anatomy Of A Pregnant Cat

Having an understanding of the anatomy of the pregnant cat helps the breeder envision the positioning of the developing kittens within the uterus.

Pregnant Cat Anatomy

When a cat is pregnant, her kittens  develop in her uterus. The uterus in the feline divides into a pair of “horns”. The horns narrow into two fallopian tubes which lead up to the ovaries where the genetic eggs originate.

In the other direction, the uterus leads to the cervix, then to the vagina through which each kitten passes during birth.

The Kittens In The Uterus

Below is a diagram showing a cross section of one side of the reproductive tract of a pregnant cat. It illustrates the approximate positioning of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and developing kittens.

Kittens that are positioned in the narrow end of the uterine horns may be smaller than kittens in a more advantageous location in the uterus. This seems especially true in larger litters. Kittens move down the horns of the uterus into the birth canal as the female goes into labor and delivers.

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