My cat doesn't seem to want to look after her Kittens
by Nicola Barrett
(Oldham, England )
Hi my cat had 4 kittens 5 days ago, she doesn't seem bothered in feeding them today, she will pop into them for a couple of minutes then jump back out, is this normal..??
well yes it can be normal for some cats who don't take to motherhood naturally. Some cats are better than others and some cats struggle with the whole thing.
young kittens like yours need a lot of feeding and attention from mum, so keep an eye on them but don't interfere too much as this could make matters worse.
if you notice that the kittens are not feeding or being allowed to feed that often you will have to step in and help. see this page for more on this
It may just be that your cat needs a few hours on her own at first to do her own thing but normally the maternal instinct will kick in and she will return to look after her brood.
best wishes kate
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