My 9 month old cat recently had a litter of 9 kittens. One was stillborn, one she fell asleep on, and one died this morning so I'm down to 6. They are two weeks old. I'm unsure the cause of death of the one this morning but she had brought it to me first thing this morning and I could tell it was weak but it was dead by the time I got home from church.
It sounds like she needs more attention than she is getting. I know its hard but try and find time everyday to pet all the kittens and mama and tell them how wonderful they are and what a good mother she is being. Remember to feed mama LOTs of food. The queen(mama) just like any other Mother needs to be encouraged that she is doing a good job, and is appreciated and loved. Just hang in untill 8 weeks and then they can take care of themselves/can be adopted. Best wishes to you and your new family.
It's probably because she loves you & trusts you & when she's with you she feels most secure that she brings her kittens to you... Like sweet little gifts... Almost reminds me of when a cat brings you their mice as a special prize. I bet she's also got a bit of "post partem depression". If a human's hormones can go all crazy after childbirth, then why can't a cat's?
I've loved on that cat until I've ran out of loving to give tonight...I actually had to close her in the closet tonight with food and her litter box...she wouldn't leave me or the kids alone for bed.
Please start feeding them with a doll's bottle with a nipple they can suck on or at least a bowl of milk by them. You could possibly coax them to drink by holding them up to the bowl of milk. Please! They need immediate attention as the mother does not have enough milk at her age. Thank you.
You need to get this poor kitty spayed before she gets pregnant again! It's imperative to do this, for her health.
She's only 9 months old, and having kittens could compromise her health and even stunt her growth. Her immature body could be one reason so many kittens are dying; their mother is still a kitten herself, poor thing. Imagine an eleven-year-old girl having a baby--that's what your kitty is going through.
Also, whenever you adopt those kittens out, please encourage the new owners to spay/neuter them. It will be best for their health in the long run, too. :-)
Hi again from Rose R; first of all I must apologize because I didn't realize this post was from 2008, didn't have my reading glasses on; I'm not one to judge or criticize anyone; we don't always know the circumstances; maybe this was a stray that was rescued, if so thank you for that, but spaying and neutering whether this is add was from 2008 or 2016, my feelings are the same; yes, those kittens are cuties but they do grow up to older cuties; best to everyone; and Nutra=cal is the supplement; hope i spelled it right;
I agree with the last two posters, that the mother is too young to remain healthy through this. When we humans are pregnant, our teeth, fingernails, hair, skin, and so on often suffer during the pregnancy. If we are getting enough healthy food, both mom and baby do fine; when we don't eat enough healthy food, the baby gets first and we get second. That's the way our bodies work during pregnancy, and that's also the way they work when we are nursing. I strongly suspect that this may be what is happening to your cat. She's on the young side to be going through pregnancy and nursing, so it is possible that it is taking its toll on her body.
She's tired from being a kitten herself and going through pregnancy; her body is probably not making enough milk or it's not nutrient-rich enough to feed that many kittens and still keep her own body going. One of the posters suggested a baby bottle (or a doll's bottle, I can't quite remember). Another suggestion would be to use an eye dropper. I'm not sure if milk is a good idea, though. I have heard that cats and kittens, although they very much love milk, often get diarrhea from it.
The dehydration that milk may cause at a time when their health is already compromised, may be the wrong thing. I am wondering if baby formula might be a better option. I'd call a local shelter for advice since I'm sure they have had to feed young kittens who've lost their mothers before the kittens were weaned. They should be able to guide you through this. After this is all over and things settle down for you, please consider spaying/neutering this cat and her kittens.
Go to your local feed store or vet and get mothers milk and feed this to your kittens. It is for kittens and puppies.
Hi, If the kittens are making you cat weak, you can buy a tube of protein paste for the cat. I can not remember the name of it, but look at a pet store. I had a young cat that had kittens and the vet said that because the mother cat was small, the kittens were too much for her and it made her weak. I had to put some of the protein paste on the mother cat's front paw and she licked it off. I also had to bottle feed the kittens once a day to give the mother cat some relief. Loretta
Nutra-cal; plus they sell liquid milk for mama and the babies; and for the sake of this poor cat and millions of animals in the pounds and the thousands upon thousands of unwanted animals that are killed everyday, we just don't need any more puppies and kittens; there aren't enough good homes and people are giving up their animals because they can't afford them; find your local ASPCA or shelter that will offer low cost spay and neuter and before those kittens are adopted out; please make sure they are truly wanted by whoever takes them, will be responsible, and that you put in writing they will spay and neuter, otherwise, I wouldn't adopt to them; depending on how long you wind up holding onto these poor babies, they can be spayed and neutered at an earlier age, DEPENDING ON THEIR HEALTH AND WEIGHT, because many many promise to do, and don't; whoops!!! more litters, more strays; do your homework, a nine month old cat should not be giving birth and if that is something you like, her to be pregnant all the time, then, take a trip to your local shelter and see what's there and how many will be killed the following day; don't add to the population of the unwanted; very sad; this may seem harse to many but I came across an absolutely georgeous female sitting on a main street, very busy street in a highly populated area in New York, Queens, got out to access the situation, out came 28 others, 6 pregnant females in the dead of winter; thank goodness I was able to have someone listen to my plea because its hard to find any non-profit or shelter that will come out to help becuase everyone is full and overloaded; this I do understand; we had out blizzard, 3 days later, an Angel was sent to help me with another one of her Angels, 26 were TNR (trap neuter release) of those 5 3 month old kittens were adopted out; following day 13 more TNR'ed; there are thousands roaming these streets, imagine what it is like in all of the United States not to mention around the world; they suffer, they starve, are killed by cars, abused by people who hate them, poisoned; please don't add to their population; thank you.
A nine month old cat should not be having kittens! She is still a kitten herself! She probably is not old enough to be a "mom".
I hope the remaining kittens are okay. But don't let your cat outside until she is SPAYED. There are mobile cat spay/neuter clinics almost everywhere. If you have a Petsmart or Petco near you they can refer you to one.
My Wal-Mart carries the canned mother's milk and the bottles Good luck with your new family, I hope the rest make it.
my mom recently found 2 abandoned kittens. She bought some kitten formula at a pet store and has to bottle feed them. since they are getting some milk from they're mother, you would probably only need to feed them once a day, probably in the evening when she carry's them to you. if you have kids it might be fun to get them to help. and perhaps ask about some cat food for the mommy that has some extra vitamins. at least untill the youngster aren't relying on her for the bulk of their own food.
I think the cat is asking you for help. Try supplimental feeding for both the cat and the kittens. If you can't afford the cat milk at your vet's office or Wal*Mart, try diluting evaporated milk. I think I started out 2 parts warm water to 1 part milk. Add a bit of egg yolk too.
Feed the cat a "juicy" meal... moist canned cat food mixed with beaten egg and warm water. Just make it soupy. She's way too young to make it on her own.
Poor baby, nine kittens(or even 6) are a lot to look after, especially if mama is just a kitten herself. My sister just had a similar happy event with her kitten having kittens (just 4 thankfully). I'm going to agree with other posts that she probably needs extra food or at least some vitamins, and perhaps a break from the kittens for a bit once a day or so. Good luck for the next eight weeks
Your poor kitty knows there is a problem with her kittens and doesnt want them to die. No wonder she is coming to you for help. You can make an egg nog mixture to feed the kittens. I'd try giving some to the mother as well. She needs help in feeding them.
This is a time for you to show your children how to have compassion for God's creatures who are unable to care for themselves. These are life lessons they can take into their later years. It is not time wasted.
Best wishes always,
All of the kittens are getting big now...I think the one that died was just too weak from the get go. You have to remember one was stillborn and the other she slept on because she was in a box and the litter was just too big. It had nothing to do with health. I think she genuinely just wanted loving. She eats like a pig and I do feed her wet canned cat food and raw eggs and fresh ice water multiple times a day.
I agree with the other posts that she is too young. Sometimes they aren't good mommies when they are young and sometimes first litter moms aren't very smart. There again, some never learn. However, she does know something is wrong and coming to you for help so she isn't dumb by any means. Check her to see if she still has milk. You can kind of pinch (squeeze) her teats and see if anything comes out. Even if she does, it may too many kittens for her. You should try the kitten milk, you can get it at Walmart and get a pet nurser. It takes a lot of patience but hang in there. Be sure to let her continue to love on them and clean them. They need that in order to use the bathroom. You might can try the idea of the custard, I haven't heard that before but sounds like a good one. Maybe alternate the formula with that.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
I'm a little late with this post, but I don't think this is as serious as so many of the others do. I think your cat just wants to be with you, and she wants the kittens with her, or wants you to share in the joy of these kittens!! My ex and I had a cat that was always snoozing with us or playing. She was an experienced mother and 7 years old when we got her. She chose the bedroom closet to have her kittens in, and when they got big enough to climb out of their box, she wanted all of them in the bed with us. We were afraid we might squash these tiny kittens in the night, and so tried to leave her in the bedroom with them, and sleep in another room. She wouldn't leave us alone -- dragged those kittens to where we were sleeping, and had to jump over a "road block" we had erected to keep the kittens in the room, but let mom get out to use her litter box and to eat. She would not be separated from us or from the kittens. Eventually that night we had to move the whole crowd into a porch. and close the door.Mama cat wasn't happy, but she soldiered through!!!
I don't think she needs more loving or anything. Nor do I think that she is depressed. Cats get notions and can be very stubborn. She just wants to be with you or your children as well as be with the kittens.
I have had numerous cats and when young had lots of kittens around. Now I believe in spaying and neutering. I think your mom cat just wants to share with you, and great that you set her a place of her own. Some of the posters harp on she is too young but how can you control that now? Maybe have her fixed after this litter. Good luck.
Poor cat, she is still a baby herself. You wouldn't want a 13 year girl to have kids. Please take care of her and get her spayed. If she is your cat you need to do that for her. It is setting a very bad example about animal ownership to your children, better explain your mistake to them and "fix" it.
I agree with leoul53. After raising many cats, the answer is simple. Your cat is proud of her kittens. She wants to share them with you. She wants you to love them as much as she does. Whether she has one kitten or nine, mother cats will bring them to you. And whether a cat is a good mother or mot, and most are, many kittens don't make it . It's a part of nature. Enjoy these precious kittens and don't let anyone make you feel guilty. You did nothing wrong. Just remember spay and neuter!
honey mommy cat just loves you she is happy to have you. Hey my dog was two and a half when she started to have her period (got fixed just in time ) I have a cat and a dog before cat hardly bottered me expect to pet and run faucet to drink. Now dog and cat fight over me. Dog during the day Cat at night. Yes they both get attention they are just my other 2 babies my daughter is first hubby is second and dog and cat are next in line.
Kittens that are handled by humans from day 1 grow up to be very friendly cats. Make sure they go to good homes where they will be appreciated!
Get your cat spayed! Read all the stories about humane societies and shelters that are overrun with cats and kittens. Please have her spayed!
My cat did the very same thing, only she was a little older when she had her kittens. (And before anymore butt-hurt posts come up about spaying, she was fixed as soon as she dried up.)
She was about a year and a half old, and had 4 very healthy kittens. First time mom, and took very good care of them. I had her since she was 4 weeks old herself, and she is very attached to me as Momma. She constantly brought me her kittens, all the time, like she was saying, "Hey! Look what I made!".
She moved them wherever I went, whether it was the couch, the bed, or even the floor! I just had to sleep lightly, and made a barrier with pillows so that I wouldn't roll onto them. Female cats bond strongly with their owners that take care of them, and they will constantly move their kittens to a place they feel is safe, even when they are older. She just feels safest with you, and wants you to praise her and her babies. Nothing more, nothing less.
She's not a bad parent, and it's unfortunate about the one she sat on by accident. That just comes from inexperience, but it could have had health problems to begin with. (IE, my cat sat on her babies' heads, never a problem.) I can tell ya, the hardest part is giving them away once you have raised them. You will want to get her fixed after that, because the heart ache is just too much to let those babies go. :(
I have 3 cats. two males who are fixed and my female who I had not yet taken to be fixed. She never goes outside so I was planning on getting around to it but have no excuse for not having done so yet because all it took was one time of her getting outside and now she has a litter of 4 kittens. She is a 2 year old cat and will be fixed as soon as she is finished nursing her litter. She is a good mother and luckily I have found families to take her babies once I have them fixed along with her. She also brings me her kittens. She will bring them to me while I sleep in the bed and pile up along with me keeping the kittens warm between us. I worry sometimes about not knowing she has done this while I sleep so I have taken steps to make sure I can't accidently roll over onto them while I sleep when she brings them to bed. She will also bring them to me when I am watching TV on the couch. She will drop them off on my chest one at a time and then come lay on my chest as well as she nurses them. I worried about her doing this until I realized she was rubbing her forehead on mine as she did this. I believe she is sharing with me how proud she is of her kittens and knows that I will help her take good care of them just like I have always protected her and taken care of her. I wish I had not procrastinated and had her fixed as soon as I brought her home as a stray kitten. Lesson learned, so please no lectures. Yes, I do know better and have no excuse for it. However I am pleased that this skittish little stray has grown to trust me as much as she has with her precious babies. All four were born fat and healthy without any problems. She appears to be very proud of what she has accomplished and her babies with all go to good homes and will be well cared for.
Give mama cat milk but not kittens cause i think they can get diarrah..i call the vet tell her whats going on see what she says. I put my mama cat and kittens in a carrier at night so she don't carrier them around. My cat was putting them in the toy box and hiding them leaving them at bottom of steps also if mama cats used to being in you r warm soft bed she still want to be there my cat slept with me and she did bring them to my bed. She only had one. . So.... That was long time ago.
ok so my cat just had her first litter and i feel like she asked me to move her litter i moved them to tha spot she picked now she seems perfectly happy any reason why she didnt just move them herself she was goin back and forth from the place to me to where the kittens were shed look at me meow and do it again i moved them now she seems content anybody ever seen this
The product is called "KMR", for Kitten Milk Replacer, and can be given to orphaned kittens, as a supplement for nursing kittens, and as a supplement for the nursing mother to help her stay nourished. Sometimes, it can make the difference between life and death for kittens and the mothers. It's good to get and keep on hand when you discover the cat is pregnant. There's a similar product , called Esbilac, for puppies and dogs.
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