What To Do If You Find A Litter Of Kittens

What to do if you find a litter of kittens

 

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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Halloween and Cats

Why are cats associated with halloween?

Domestication of cats

Witches and cats have had a long-held association and most of us can’t picture a witch without a black cat by her side. But why are cats associated with witches?

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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