Female cat gives birth

by Ali haworth
(Sooke bc)

My female cat just gave birth to 3 lovely kittens about 12 hours ago. When I go to her box to tell her what a good mom she is being and pet her, she comes out if her box and makes this growling type noise. Yet at he same time she is rubbing against me and giving me kisses like she always does. Is she trying to tell me to go away? Is she protecting her kittens? Why would she make this noise?

Answer by Kate
Umm strange. Her behavior would suggest that she is happy to see you so i am not sure what the growling could be. I wonder if she is a little confused at this stage and wants to protect her kittens but is also happy to see you. Sometimes first time mums can be a little unsure of what to do at first.

All i can say is that i would imaging that over the next few days she will settle down and the behavior should stop.

best wishes Kate

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Growling is normal...
by: Anonymous

All 4 cats i have owned( 3 siamese and one maine coon ) that growl for various reasons, but frequiently when near their young. Her growling is to warn other cats, dogs or people to stay away from her kittens. I bet she growls first, then becomes more friendly. This is totally normal - She's just being a good mom!

Thank you
by: Ali

Thank you for your answer. I hope she settles down nicely. She seems to like to sit and lay on her kittens, and they meow profusely when she does, like they are getting hurt. Hopefully that stops too.

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