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is it ok to put different kittens and mums in together?

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by donna81, Aug 11, 2009.


  1. donna81

    donna81 PetForums Member

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    Ive got 3 cats who all cats kittens between 3 and 4 weeks ago(they all gave birth within days of each other) The mums and babies have always been kept in the same room but each litter have been kept in seperate boxes. One cat, Eeny is a fantastic mum, Myny is ok'ish and Mo gets by doing the bear minimum.
    The mums have all at times been interested in each others babies, washing them and feeding them and I was just wondering if it would be ok to put all the babies in one big box together so then, Eeny will get a bit of a break from time to time and mo's babies will get looked after a bit better. there are 10 kittens in total so if there are two mums in the box at a time then it would be 5 babies each. will that be ok?
    im only really asking because at times we have been having to bottle feed mo's and sometimes myny's babies because they have been really crying because they are hungry.
    thanks in advance for any advice x
     
  2. Saikou

    Saikou PetForums VIP

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    Mine share babies if they have kittens at the same time, if the Mums are happy with each other then I think its good for the babies to be socialised in a group. If some are getting hungry and are 4 weeks old, you could try weaning them, even one small meal a day would help Mum out if she is struggling.
     
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    donna81 PetForums Member

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    ive been trying to wean them, i started 5 days ago, as like you said i thought it would help a little bit. The kittens done seem that interested at the moment though.
    What ive been doing is putting them all in an under cot drawer(sounds silly but its the size of a cot and has sides just big enough to stop all the kittens running all over covered in food lol)ive been mushing up some whiskas kitten food, made a little mushier with some lactol gold milk, i put 3 saucers of it in with them and let them run in it and play in it, i figure if they get it all over their feet they will soon lick it off.
    is there anything else i can do to try to encourage them to eat?
     
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    Saikou PetForums VIP

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    Either try different things, or try putting a little in their mouths just so they get the taste, they are usually OK then. Some of them have 'plate aversion' and will happily eat off your fingers or a spoon, but hate the plate. I just get them eating off a spoon and then gradually lower it towards the plate until they get the idea. A firm get them started fave with mine is boiled chicken breast (put a bit of honey in the water), then put that in one of those mini food processors until its fine crumbs, then add some evap and warm water and some abidec and process again until its a pourable paste. That will go up a syringe too, so you can feed them a syringe full to get them used to the taste. That or baked plaice with a bit of butter, evap and water goes down well with the fish heads.

    Once you get them used to one thing they are usually open to try other stuff, with the chicken mixture you can add mashed wet to that to introduce them to new flavours too.
     
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    Guinevere13 PetForums VIP

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    I had two sisters who had kittens at about the same time. Miss Smith was a fantastic mum but Jones wasn't particularly interested so Miss Smith decided to take them all herself anyway - we didn't have anything to do with it!

    Good luck with yours. :)
     
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    donna81 PetForums Member

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    thanks for your advice, i tried tempting the babies with some food on a rubber spoon that was my sons when he started eating and it worked :D 6 out of the 10 babies were happily tucking in.
    how many times would you recommend feeding them at the min? and is it ok for them all to be fed together?
    when i fed them earlier, i fed them one by one so i could make sure i knew which ones were definatly eating.
     
  7. Saikou

    Saikou PetForums VIP

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    I feed mine altogether. A big plate with all the food pushed to the edge in a circle, babies up to it and away they go. The ones that are bit more unsure get the idea from the others around them. When they first wean it doesn't really matter how much they have just as long as they try something. You will get those that stay the distance and others that have a few mouthfuls and wander off. They still get sustenance from Mum so won't go short. I just increase the number of meals a day gradually, until they are having regular feeds of different things. I am sure everyone does things differently, that just works for me. Every kitten is different to, its a play it by ear thing really.
     
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