male adult cat acting maternal to male kitten

by Pam

I have an adult male cat that is acting maternal to our 7-week-old kitten. The adult male licks the baby all the time and nuzzles him.

I know the adult could be rough with the baby so we watch over them and separate them when we leave, but the adult is so loving and protective over the baby. It's wonderful, but does this happen a lot? thanks

Answer from KAte
yes some male cats can be rather maternal towards a kitten. I have heard of it happening before but I have personally never seen it.

I'm sure other visitors to this site will be able to tell you of similar experiences they have had.

best wishes Kate

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by: Anonymous

My male cat (1.5 yrs old) is very maternal towards our new/rescued kitten (approx 8 weeks). From the beginning, he was very curious of the kitten, never hissed, or ran away from him. The kitten nuzzles him and then the older cat will bathe him. It's SOOO precious. The kitten was abandoned, as was the older cat. They play, sleep, and eat together.

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by: Anonymous

I have a cat that I took in as a stray. He is standoffish with me and rarely allows me to pet him. He immediately became friends with my other cats and plays and licks them. I got a stray kitten 3 weeks ago, and he acts like his mamma. He is so cute with the new kitten. The kitten plays and bites him, and he gently pushes him down and grooms him. They sleep together and the kitten is doing great.

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Male adult cat acting maternal to male kitten
by: Tracy


My male cat(Bootsie) was very protective over a female kitten. He acted like her mama . It was so cute to watch. He loved her and still does. Bootsie my male cat is 7 and Bonnie my female cat is 4 and the two of them just love each is so cute to watch.

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by: Mary

I've sort of adopted this stray couple of cats that had 3 kittens any way one died being weak . We were left with 2. I have never seen a father cat so maternal to kittens he would make sure they ate not go outside on road he was so protective. Un-believable he was playing both roles male and female and both were treated fairly anyway today i find another kitten with him he was so over protective it went into neighbors house he held it by the neck and brought it back,

i had some left over chicken nuggets he stood there made sure the kitten ate first unbelievable but i have one problem hes starting to be very dominant with this kitten sitting on top biting it by the neck at one time he had the poor thing on its back and he on top.

I dint understand how can he be so maternal and then so crazy???. Should i worry???

some males can be very maternal with kittens and so this behavior is not that odd. All I can say is that you do need to keep an eye on him, just in case he does become too aggressive with this kitten.

It may be play but sometimes they can unintentionally be too rough and strangle to kitten. So keep a close eye for awhile until the kitten is strong enough to protect himself.

best wishes kate

neutered boy
by: Anonymous

my cats. that isnt his kitten and i have a video where he runs up in a threatening way and than cleans him. hes neutered. he didnt even know what they were at first.

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by: Amanda

Yes my cat did the same thing to a stray kitten I tried to nurse back to health even she did not survive my male cat pooter was there helping me take care of her the whole time. He was very loving with her. I think it's just the way you take car of your if they take that part of a kittens life! I think it's great that he loves on the kitten!

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by: tracy

My Bootsie did the same thing. Bootsie is 3 years old(MAle). We got a kitten and he acted just like a MAMA kitty. We started calling him MAMA Bootsie. He was very protective over her. Bonnie is now over 1 year old and they still adore each other. Getting Bonnie was the best thing we could have done for Bootsie. They play together and chase each other which is good exercise for Bootsie. Bootsie is a very big cat. he is about 20 pounds. He is a tiger tabby and so is Bonnie. Bonnie is also a MAine Coon. So, no worries my Bootsie took on the role as MAMA and even bathed Bonnie and he still does.

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