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 fromPubMed.
  • Kienzle F (1998)Factorial calculation of nutrient requirements in lactating queens. J Nutr128(12 Suppl), 2609S-2614S.
  • Fascetti A J et al(1998)Dietary copper influences reproductive efficiency of queens. J Nutr128(12 Suppl), 2590S-2592S.
  • Pawlosky R J et al(1996)Is dietary arachidonic acid necessary for feline reproduction? J Nutr126(4 Suppl), 1081S-1085S.
  • Dieter J A et al(1993)Pregnancy failure in cats associated with long-term dietary taurine insufficiency. J Reprod Fertil Suppl47, 457-463.
  • Sturman J A et al(1992)High dietary taurine effects on feline tissue taurine concentrations and reproductive performance. J Nutr122(1), 82-88.
  • Sturman J A et al(1992)High dietary taurine and feline reproduction. Adv Exp Med Biol315, 91-98.
  • Munday H S et al(1991)Energy requirements of the queen during lactation andkittens from birth to 12 weeks. J Nutr121(11 Suppl), 43S-44S.
  • Sturman J A (1991)Dietary taurine and feline reproduction and development. J Nutr121(11 Suppl), 166S-170S.
  • Sturman J A et al(1991)Dietary taurine content and feline reproduction and outcome. J Nutr121(8), 1195-1203.


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