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Mother cat given birth, now including her kittens!

Discussion in 'Cat Breeding' started by Mark podlesak, Aug 31, 2019.


  1. Mark podlesak

    Mark podlesak PetForums Newbie

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    My daughter who is new breeder of bengal cats, is a bit stressed over her new mother cat. She gave birth to five kittens earlier today, for some reason instead of choosing all the places available for birth, possibly by accident, they all arrived in the litter tray. Hence a mess with afterbirth etc.
    So not ideal but sorted now on that front. But there are two older kittens that have not been rehomed yet. Yesterday mother breast fed these two. Now this evening the mother keeps trying to collect into her litter even trying to carry them.
    They have been seperated but mom is a bit stressed and keeps calling out them.
    Has any one heard of this before?
    It will probably settle with loving reassurance etc, but just wondered?
     
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    Bengals can be a difficult breed, has she contacted her mentor?

    Was she not there to supervise the birth?
    The mum should have been settled into a quiet room before her kittens arrived. You do need to keep them away and hopefully mum will settle down, keep a close eye on her and the newborns.
     
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    The mother had back to back litters?
     
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    It is normal for older kittens to want to continue to suckle, but they will push little babies out of the way.

    How old are the older kittens?
     
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    Not unusual, especially if she’s calling all the time. (Depending on age of the older kittens)
     
  6. Mark podlesak

    Mark podlesak PetForums Newbie

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    Older kittens fours plus week or two.
    Mother seems more settled this morning, daughter slept alongside their pen.
    Thanks for responses.
    We wondered has these things happened before.
     
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    Mark podlesak PetForums Newbie

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    Daughter annoyed at husband for popping out, he was on duty. Even watching with web cam. It happened rather quick. She loves her cats and was really tense when this was happening. The older kittens were seperated by this time.
     
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    Sorry, the older kittens are 4 weeks?
     
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    I’m assuming it’s a typo and he means 4 months plus a week or two??
     
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    That's what I'm hoping!
     
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    What are you saying? I would think any ethical responsible breeder would not allow it to happen so it should be very unusual.
     
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    A back to back litter, followed by a break isn’t unusual in breeds that are more precocious.

    The OP’s situation of 4 month olds plus newborns is not usual as mum would have been mated before the original kittens left.
     
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    Huh. I find that quite shocking. I was under the impression that ethical responsible breeders did not over breed their queens. It was one way I have managed to wrap my head around deliberate breeding at all. Now you tell me back to back pregnancies is "normal". I am back to thinking people should not be breeding at all if they think this is okay. Sounds like just more of the same, humans misusing animals for their own purposes.
     
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    Can we please stay on topic, the kittens are here now and advice needed with rearing them.
    The breeding 'should we, shouldn't we?' debate is for a seperate thread.;)
     
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    Who said anything about over breeding? Back to back and then a break
    There are rules in place for how many litters in a certain amount of time cats can have. The girls health is priority.
    Perhaps you’re confusing cats with dogs who have far less frequent heat cycles.

    As already said, the OP’s situation is not usual but we also don’t know all the details.
     
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  16. Mark podlesak

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    Sorry kittens born start of April.
     
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