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This morning my cat had a litter of 4 kittens. I made her a bed in a box and she was fine with it. I went to sleep and woke up at 4:30am to the sound of shuffling and meowing, and saw that she was putting the kittens under the bed. Without thinking, I grabbed them and put them all back in the box! I was afraid it would be unsafe for them under the bed. She didn't pay attention to them for a while.
Well after trying to go back to sleep she brought one kitten to me. Then after 15 mins she brought another one! The other two are still in the box. I don't know what to do. Should I leave them alone? Or bring them to her? Why would she bring them to me one at a time? I'm afraid she will abandon them since I touched them without gloves.
There may be too many kittens for her milk supply. Supplement with formula.
Cats are very particular about where they want to keep their kittens. If you can fit the box under the bed for her let her do that. If not try a few boxes with bedding in the room you want her and let her choose. If she chooses your dresser drawer...well...it wont be the 1st time and they grow up fast. There should be no problem with you handling her kittens. She will be looking to you as a helper if you have a good relationship. I would put the kittens back in the box with the other two. With a little while to settle down she should get back in the box with the kittens.
Does your cat bring you kittens at different moments? My cat Mable seems to bring me the ones that are not on the same schedule as the others. So which ever one is awake when the others are asleep, she will bring it to me to try and calm it down.
It never is the same one, it is almost like she is trying to get them on the same routine all together. Do you think it is possible? Can anyone else who has had experiences like this, please help? I think it is important to tell you that I helped her deliver 4 out of 5 babies, by her choice, and she has brought me every single one of her kittens on different occasions. She is also in heat big time. She is meowing quite a bit.
I don't know how to help or what she really wants. Also she lets Cara my female puppy carry the kittens and help her move them. This seems like pretty special behaviour. Any thoughts?
Female cats who live together, especially siblings, will often help each other birth and care for babies. This is normal. It's more unusual for your cat to let the dog help care for the babies, but it probably just depends on whether she considers the dog a sibling.
Your cat brings her kittens to you so they will get used to being handled by humans. She realizes that they are domesticated cats who will have to rely on humans for for their food and shelter.
Less domesticated cats behave instinctively, fiercely guarding their kittens. More domesticated cats may realize that humans and dogs will play a big part in the kittens' future.