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False Pregnancy in Female Cats



Unless symptoms persist, treatment is typically unnecessary. Otherwise, your veterinarian may recommend hormonal supplementation or ovariohysterectomy (removal of ovaries and uterus) to prevent further episodes.


Living and Management


To reduce mammary gland secretions, your veterinarian will advise you on using cold or warm packs to minimize the stimulation that promotes lactation. An Elizabethan collar (cone) can also help prevent the self-nursing or licking behavior that can stimulate lactation. In some patients, reducing the daily food intake can help to reduce the production of milk.


For those owners who are not planning to breed their cat, and do not want their female cats to reproduce in the future, ovariohysterectomy is a good solution for the prevention of future false pregnancy episodes. The overall prognosis is good and most cats improve within two to three weeks, even without treatment.

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