Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Dietary requirements: pregnancy and lactation

Contributor(s): Alison Jones

Introduction

  • Care of male and female during growth, development, mating, gestation and lactation is important for successful gestation and lactation:
    • Select healthy breeding animals.
    • Provide correct breeding management techniques.
    • Ensure a healthy environment.
    • Feed a consistent and proper diet.
  • Queens will be in negative energy balance from the second half of pregnancy until weaning the kittens. It is therefore particularly important to have queens in good body condition before they are bred.

Pre-breeding feeding and care

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Gestation and parturition

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Lactation

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During weaning

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Supplementation

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Fascetti A J, Morris J G, Rogers Q R (1998) Dietary copper influences reproductive efficiency of queens. J Nutr 128 (12 Suppl), 2590S-2592S PubMed.
  • Kienzle F (1998) Factorial calculation of nutrient requirements in lactating queens. J Nutr 128 (12 Suppl), 2609S-2614S PubMed.
  • Pawlosky R J, Salem N Jr. (1996) Is dietary arachidonic acid necessary for feline reproduction? J Nutr 126 (4 Suppl), 1081S-1085S PubMed.
  • Dieter J A, Stewart D R, Haggarty M A et al (1993) Pregnancy failure in cats associated with long-term dietary taurine insufficiency. J Reprod Fertil Suppl 47, 457-463 PubMed.
  • Sturman J A, Messing J M (1992) High dietary taurine effects on feline tissue taurine concentrations and reproductive performance. J Nutr 122 (1), 82-88 PubMed.
  • Sturman J A, Messing J M (1992) High dietary taurine and feline reproduction. Adv Exp Med Biol 315, 91-98 PubMed.
  • Munday H S, Earle K E (1991) Energy requirements of the queen during lactation and kittens from birth to 12 weeks. J Nutr 121 (11 Suppl), S43-S44 PubMed.
  • Sturman J A (1991) Dietary taurine and feline reproduction and development. J Nutr 121 (11 Suppl), S166-S170 PubMed.
  • Sturman J A, Messing J M (1991) Dietary taurine content and feline reproduction and outcome. J Nutr 121 (8), 1195-1203 PubMed.


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