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msena7374 posted:
Hello there. I have a few questions concerning my cat who gave birth a week ago. She started moving one to three of the kittens the other day underneath one of my livingroom tables. I have her and the kittens in a play/exercise pen to keep them safe and give her room to nurse and be with them, but she grabs them by the neck and jumps over the pen. I am afraid that she might hurt one of them or that one of them will get lost since they are wobbling all over the place. I need some advice please.
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srstephanie responded:
Hi msena7374,

I'm just a simple cat owner, but have a number of friends who breed pedigree cats. Your cat's behavior sounds very typical. Cats are still very close to the wild with their natural instincts. They still think in terms of predators and prey. In the wild they would move their kittens periodically to help protect them and hide them from potential predators. It is a natural instinct. Putting them in a play/exercise pen may seem like they are safe to you ... but the mother may feel like she is out in the open and feel vulnerable.

You may want to try to give her some place where she may feel more secure ... like a large box in a dark corner or in a closet. I think some of my friends who breed use a large plastic storage box with clean towels, etc. Even so, some mother cats will still want to move their kittens periodically. I have no personal experience with it, but I would try to work with your mom cat and not force her to keep the kittens in the pen for now (when the kittens are a little older and toddling around, the pen may be a good place for them). You might try setting up a dark cozy place for her where she will feel more secure and hidden from predators. Maybe you could throw a blanket over the living room table that she chose, to form a type of tent. Her instincts are to protect and hide her kittens.

I do hope you will be getting her spayed once the kittens are weaned ... and that you will find good homes for the kittens.

Good luck,
Stephanie in Montreal


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