Why is my mum cat biting her kittens

by Shannon Lee

My cat had recently given birth to four kittens, she started nursing them and looking after them like every good mother should. She didn't mind when we touched them so we thought it would be okay to take the box out to the lounge so i could show them to my friends. The mother cat then found her kittens and she must have thought they weren't hers or something because she started to bite their necks. The kittens were crying so it must have been hurting them.We took the mother cat away from them for a few minutes then we let her back in to see them. She was fine, she let them feed and looked after them like nothing had happenned.The next day i heard the kittens crying so i went to have a look and she was doing it again; biting their necks. I growled at her but then i realised she was only biting their necks when the kittens meowed. Maybe it is some form or parenting like she is growling at them for being naughty as such. Can anyone please help me as to why she might be doing this??

Thankyou :)

Answer from Kate

It is unlikely that she is biting them in an aggressive way. Often this sort of behavior is associated with discipline but it can also be the way she moves them around by picking them up by the neck.

Kittens will cry all the time especially if they are very young.

Check your kittens necks to make sure there are no puncture wounds etc and if not then I really wouldn't worry and allow the queen to take care of her family and teach them all the things a good mum cat should.

The first 7 weeks of a cats life is very important for so many reasons, socialization being one of them. I have some web pages about kitten care and this issue too which you may find to be of further interest and help. Here is the first page


best wishes Kate

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by: Anonymous

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by: Kimberley

So our cat gave birth, the baby is 1 day old and the sister of the mother was already laying with her before it was born.
The we had to remove the sister so the mother could give birth since she became really angry and the sister didnt listen.
So now this day the sister kept laying with the mom, licking the baby.
But then when the mom left she started biting on his head, body with his body in her whole mouth.
The baby squicked once.
But so she kept doing this and this is the sister from the mother.
So we moved the mother with baby back at night to the bedroom without the others being their.

We are itherwise afraid we dont hear the squicking.
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by: Anonymous

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by: Mia

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by: Sarah

Hi there!
I am a bit concerned, by 17 month old cat Charlie has just given birth two days ago 28\08\18 and all seems well other than the biting and she doesn't stay with the kitten all the time, she would much rather follow me or hubby around, she will go and check on the kitten and if its moving/crying she will go into it. she is letting the kitten nurse however sometimes when its simply nursing or when Charlie trys to clean the kitten fur\genetals the kitten starts loudly crying and squirming to get away and then Charlie starts to bite it neck/head/body quiet strongly do you think this is Charlie jut trying to keep kitten still? should I be concerned?

kind regards

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by: Anonymous

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by: Krishna

My cat gave birth for a 3 cute kitties then after 3 days we found 2 dead kitties with a bite mark on their necks so the 1 kitty left was hidden by the mother cat inside our cabinet. After a few hours the kitten is crying maybe because of hunger but the mother cat do not care instead, she is meowing at me wants to be pet by me. So I moved her beside her left kitty she let her kitty feed on her but she then leave the kitty immediatly. So I moved her again to her kitty then I found that she is biting her kitty on the neck and tummy. So I stopped her and moved her away. I went downstairs then the mother cat followed me. And I came back upstairs and followed me again and heard her kitty was crying and moved beside the kitty with her own and licked it. Why she bite her kitty? Is it possible that she will bite them if I touched them?

Mother Biting Kittens
by: Anonymous

My cat recently had four kittens. I noticed when one of the kittens cried she would bite their neck. At first I got scared so I took her away for a little bit but when she came back she went back to nurturing and grooming them. I looked it up only but it seems she does this to teach them. The kittens had no marks on their necks so I assume she wasn't being aggressive but instead scolding her kittens for being too rowdy! 😸

Open wounds
by: Anonymous

I have 2 four week old kittens with open wounds on their necks. The marks look like either bite or scratch marks. We think from the mother picking them up to ruff. But not sure. My mom has been putting bag balm on the cuts and keeping the mother away for a few hours so she doesn't lick it off. I'm not sure what else to do as we can't afford to go to a vet. Please help.

by: rachel

My cat has had 4 kittens and she is biting them what does it mean

Mother biting kittens
by: Anonymous

Hi my cat had 4 kittens 4 days ago and I have just seen her biting them she is feeding them and cleaning them but I am scared for the kittens

by: Shannon Lee

Thankyou for your answer, i guess i was just a little bit scared as this is her first time being a mum!
Thankyou for your feedback and i will leave her alone, and just let her do her thing.
Thanks !! Shannon :)

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