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    my cat wont take care of her kitten when people are around.
    anizabenzie posted:
    i was worried when i saw Gracie (the momma cat) not taking care of her remaining kitten. whenever there is anybody around, she wont take care of him(clean him, feed him, etc.) but when i left her alone earlier and i snuck up on her she was feeding him and cleaning him and she was purring and seemed very happy. (she does this when she thinks no one is around her, it seems) is that normal? do mother cats prefer privacy when taking care of their kittens? awwww i just checked on her again and they are curled up in a ball together!!!!!!!! i may just end up keeping him!!! any thoughts on the privacy issue would be greatly appreciated.
    Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
    Because some cats become VERY attached to their people, a new mom may be more interested in people than in her kittens. Most of those will do fine when left alone with the kittens. This behavior can be relatively normal, especially for the cat that was raised primarily with people, instead of other cats.

    Enjoy the kitten - the fun stage is coming soon.
    anizabenzie replied to Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS's response:
    okay thank you! i wasnt quite sure if it was normal. and she does love us. everytime we go into the room when shes with her kitten she jumps up and runs over to us (even if shes letting her kitten nurse!) she will just jump away! so i give her more privacy and it does help. thank you

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