Cat problems - barn cat and kittens

by youdon'tneedtoknow

I have a barn cat Bottons 2 years of age. My friend found two little kittens and had no place for them so I took them in (they are gonna be outdoor cat). When they got to 6 months I introduced them a couple times. Bottons hissed (which I know is normal) and smelled them. But as I kept doing it she started hissing more and more and now she slaps them and growls. There in different rooms in my barn but they can't stay in we called "the kitties room" anymore. But I don't know if Bottons will kill them or hurt them.

well yes the reaction of your cat is normal. I am going to assume for my reply that your outside cat is neutered and that you will be getting the kittens done once they are 5 months old. If not then this is a definite cause for fighting.

Normally when you need to introduce domestic cats to each other you need to use a slow introduction process whereby the cats are safe from any form of injury. This process is described on my site here

You could try this method if you are able as it helps the cats to get used to each other in a safe environment. It is rather time consuming but many have found positive results.

cats very rarely if ever kill kittens. If the kittens are very young i.e less than 4 weeks old then it is best not to leave them unattended with the male cat as they could get hurt by accident if he does feel threatened and whacks or bites them a little too hard.

I also have some pages about kitten care which you may find of further interest here

best wishes kate

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