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What do you do when an outdoor cat has kittens?
- Bring the whole family inside to a quiet, small room (like a bathroom). You can also use a large dog crate, covered with a blanket.
- Provide the mother cat and kittens with a carrier as a hiding place. Provide food and water, and a litter box placed as far away from the sleeping and eating area as possible.
Can you touch kittens after they are born?
Vets recommend not touching kittens unless you have to while their eyes are still closed. You can check on them to make sure they’re healthy and gaining weight, but try to limit direct physical contact. The kitten’s mother will also let you know how comfortable she is with you handling her babies.
How long after a cat gives birth can you touch the kittens?
Take it slowly, and make sure she is okay with it before you touch them. Either way, they really should not be handled that much at all until they are about 2 weeks old. If you do handle them, be sure to either wear gloves or wash your hands thoroughly before and after.
How do you help a cat that just gave birth?
Be very calm and quiet and do not disturb a mother with very young kittens unless necessary and keep other pets away. if the queen seems to ignore or reject one of her kittens, putting some of the birthing fluids on the kitten may help her to accept it.
What does it mean when a stray cat brings her kittens?
Her kittens could be old enough to be weaned or she knows that she will not be around to take care of them and is giving you the job. Take care of those dear sweet little kitties and their mom if you can. Normally, a cat will take her young to a place she knows is safe.
How do you take care of a mother cat and her kitten?
The key is to make sure the area is private and clean. Keep the other animals in the household away from them. Also keep the area warm, as kittens can get chilled easily. If you put mom and her babies open in a spare bedroom, she may move her kittens around the room repeatedly.
Where would a cat hide her kittens outside?
A frightened cat could hide their kittens in the bushes, in the sheds, under the decks. Try to look up too, because cats prefer high places, and they may be hidden in the roots of a tree or on the roof of a store or shed. It’s a smart idea to search a peaceful time of the day. You should search with a torch after dark.
Will a mother cat abandon her kittens if you touch them?
A mother cat will NOT “reject” kittens that have been touched by humans. Kittens should only be removed from their nest if there is no evidence of a mother cat after several hours, or if the kittens seem to be in imminent danger or distress.