My Cat Just Had Kittens What Do I Do?

There isnt an easy yes or no answer to the question: My cat had kittens, can I move them? Youll see that the answer varies depending on who you consult.

While sweet momma cat will give her best effort to take care of her newborn litter, sometimes human intervention is beneficial and otherwise necessary . For example, if a weak or sick kitten is not properly getting its nourishment or warmth from the mom, it will be at risk of death.

* If the above birthing location conditions all check out and if the mother is calm and healthy then the kittens do not need moving. Again, if the birthing locations conditions are safe, quiet, clean, and the mom and babies look healthy , let nature do the rest. What I want to convey from this personal experience is that, in our case, our momma cats location was safe, quiet, and clean so there was no need to move her and her kittens.

We provided fresh water , gave her food at normal times, and checked on them to see if the kittens were being properly fed and cared for. Possible signs of near-death with young newborn kittens are if they are not moving much and are constantly crying as this could signal they are sick and/or are not receiving the care they need to survive. For example, trimming kittens nails will ensure that momma doesnt get her mammary glands scratched, which could lead to infection and inflammation.

After the mom cat has healed from her birth, its important to get her spayed to prevent future unwanted litters. As mentioned above, the place where the mother cat gives birth to her kittens should be safe, quiet, clean, and accessible . The only reason for which you can move the kittens is if they (mom included) are not safe, in a quiet or clean location, or not easily accessible.

For example, if a momma cat gives birth to her kittens under the bed where you cannot check up on them this way properly, it is best to try and move them to a more accessible location (like a closet). Otherwise, if the location is easily accessible for you to check up on them several times then the kittens do not necessarily need moving, unless the conditions are of course not safe, unclean, or not very quiet. If all looks well, you dont need to do anything except check-up on them and provide the mom cat with fresh water nearby (and possibly her litter box).

On the contrary, if your mommy cat is moving her kittens unnecessarily, then try to block access to that room or area. For example, if the new location is in a spare bedroom, but the mother wants to take the kittens back to the bathroom, try blocking off access to the room. Similarly to the response above, you need to intervene to block the mother cats access to the unsafe place.

Entice the mom cat with a safe, quiet location with food, water, litter, and maybe some treats. Signs that your cat trusts you with her kittens are purring, cuddling, encouraging you to stay with her, friendly chatting, etc.

What do I do after my cat has kittens?

Things to do following the birth. Keep the room temperature warm and the bedding clean and dry. Feeding – the kittens should start to suckle from their mother almost immediately. If they haven’t started after half an hour, gently guide them towards the teats. If the kittens don’t start feeding, ask your vet for advice.

How long after a cat has kittens can you touch them?

The ASPCA also noted you don’t want to wait longer than two weeks before starting to handle the kittens. Pick a kitten up, hold him for a minute or two, gently stroking him, and then return him to his mom. It’s important not to keep young kittens away from their mom for more than a few minutes at a time.

Do I need to do anything when my cat has kittens?

In most cases, it’s best to leave the mother cat alone with her kittens as much as possible. The mother cat should take care of the kittens initially, so you won’t have to do much more than ensure that the mother is fed and that both she and the kittens appear to be healthy.

Can I move my cat after she gave birth?

If you need to move the kittens away from their mom at any point, then we recommend a blanket with a heating pad or a microwavable bean bag to help keep them warm. Other things you may need include clean towels, some rubber gloves, sterile scissors and plenty of antiseptic.

First bit of good news, all five of the kittens came out healthy and strong. We then determined that momma cat was a friendly stray, which was the second bit of good news. She was very tame as can be and easy to handle, so the first-time trapper who had brought momma cat in decided to foster the new happy family until the kittens are big enough to wean and adopt out.

As a caregiver, if you ever find yourself in this situation, here are seven important things you need to remember when caring for a momma cat and her nursing newborns. Momma cat and her babies should be set up in a room or area that is quiet and private, away from the hustle and bustle of the household.

If you dont have a lot of experience with nursing moms and kittens, its a good idea to bring momma cat and babies in to see a vet at around 1-2 weeks to make sure everyone is doing well.

After your cat has given birth, she’ll usually provide the warmth and nutrition that her kittens need. Keep a careful eye on her, while maintaining a respectable distance, to make sure they are all safe and well.

You can find out more about how to sell them responsibly here Be aware of current government guidelines – check their website to ensure you’re following rules of travel and social distancing relevant to your area Contact us if you need advice! If she is tired or disturbed she may ignore them, in which case you will need to provide warmth, either via a heat pad or a covered hot water bottle – no hotter than body temperature – and the kittens should be covered with a light towel or blanket.

You may need to start giving the kitten a substitute milk – but follow the instructions carefully. bleeding from the vagina or unusual vaginal discharge prolapse of the uterus (womb) – straining can occasionally cause the uterus to be pushed out disturbed behaviour – normally queens spend most of the time with the litter for at least two weeks and are usually very calm after the birth. The risk of this is reduced if mum is familiar with her environment, the surroundings are quiet and she is in good health.

She may appreciate a cardboard box lined with soft blankets and sheets to hide the kittens in mastitis – infection of a mammary gland that becomes hot, painful and engorged. The queen may be off colour poor appetite, excessive drinking or vomiting awkward or clumsy movement, twitching or collapsing

Personal Experience:

One of the first things you should do (other than analyzing the conditions of birthing location) is toIdeally, your momma cat will already be comfortable with you and should trust your ability to care for her. If this is the case, then it’s most likely that the mother will not be anxious or worrisome if you approach her and her babies.

Signs of Healthy Newborn Kittens

Kittens should be feeding on their momma at least once an hour. Over the next few days, theIf the kittens are not gaining weight and are instead losing weight, we recommend calling a vet right away.

For Kittens Aged 8+ Weeks

Got kittens with razor-sharp teeth on your hands? Find out whether or not you can give kittens adult cat food in our Q&A here.Adopting 1 or 2 of the kittens from the newborn litter? Learn the 7 steps to take care of your new kitten here.Lastly, kittens aged 8+ weeks are at a healthy age to get spayed/neutered. Make sure to take care of this responsibility sooner rather than later!!

Signs of a Healthy Momma Cat

Taking care of the kittens may not be as important as taking care of the new mommy.For example,Checking the mother’s 8 mammary glands for pus, tenderness, size, etc. can help in determining if the mom is healthy enough to feed her babies. If her glands are bloody, oozing pus, or otherwise not normal-like, you should take her to the vet right away.Mom cats should be diligent in giving care to their newborns. This is why it’s important to monitor how the mother cat is doing.After the mom cat has healed from her birth, it’s important to get her spayed to prevent future unwanted litters.