What To Do If You Find A Litter Of Kittens

What should you do if you find an abandoned kitten?

 

At a glance

  • Wait and watch for several hours to see if the mother cat returns
  • Cared for kittens should appear clear, content and well-fed
  • Abandoned or orphaned kittens may look dirty, hungry, sickly and cry
  • Don’t take abandoned or orphaned kittens to a shelter unless you know they can care for neonates (under four weeks)
  • Kittens who have been abandoned or orphaned will need to be bottle-fed for the first five weeks when they start to wean

 

Spring is here which is the start of kitten season, which sees an increase in kitten births for stray, feral as well as unspayed pet cats.

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Why Do Mother Cats Move Their Kittens?

Why do mother cats move their kittens?

Kittens are altricial, which means they are extremely immature and helpless for the first few weeks of life, unlike a horse who is precocial, which means they are born in an advanced state and can walk soon after birth. Altrical species are completely reliant on their mother and unable to protect themselves from danger. This vulnerability means a safe nest is essential for the safety of the kittens.

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Why Are Cats Associated With Witches

Why are cats associated with halloween?

Domestication of cats

Domestication of cats occurred 8,000 years ago when people settled in the Fertile Crescent, the arch-shaped region that includes the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and land around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Along with the grains which the farmers grew came rodents. A symbiotic relationship was formed between cat and man; cats protected precious grain stores by keeping rodent populations down. In return, cats gained protection from larger predators such as wolves.

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Why Do Cats Carry Their Kittens By The Scruff

Mother cat carrying kitten

Newborn kittens are altricial, which means they are born completely helpless and unable to move around on their own and do not start to walk until the third week of life. This is a sharp contrast to precocial animals such as horses, deer, sheep, gazelles,  who are born in an advanced state and able to stand and run (from danger) within an hour of birth.

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Six Signs A Cat Needs More Attention

Six signs a cat wants more attention

At a glance Excessive meowing Knocking things over Winding themselves around your legs Sitting on your laptop, book, in front of the television Pawing at or climbing on you Scratching furniture Cats have a reputation for being independent and self-sufficient, while there is some truth to that, as living, breathing, feeling animals, cats still need … Read more Six Signs A Cat Needs More Attention