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if my cat is cutting my kittens' necks from dragging/carrying them around? Is that normal?
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if my cat is cutting my kittens' necks from dragging/carrying them around? Is that normal?
I would suggest confining them to a quiet closed room so they can be by themselves. She may be moving them because she doesn't feel secure. They need to be in a quiet place for a few days. That's my opinion, but maybe someone else has another option.
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What is strange is she is moving them to non-safe places, like places my toddler can get to them. They have a very large and clean bathroom and hallway all to themselves. They have food, water a litter box. Right now i just really keep my eyes and ears on them to make sure she's not hurting them. They yeowl like crazy when she tries to move them. what should i do about the cuts to their necks?
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What is strange is she is moving them to non-safe places, like places my toddler can get to them. They have a very large and clean bathroom and hallway all to themselves. They have food, water a litter box. Right now i just really keep my eyes and ears on them to make sure she's not hurting them. They yeowl like crazy when she tries to move them. what should i do about the cuts to their necks?
How old are the kittens? Do you have them in a closed room, so she can't move them? Are they in a box?
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I was never a cat person. So I was shocked when this little cat strayed into my back yard and i fell in love with it. I tried to find it's owners but to no avail. A couple weeks later i find out she is pregnant. She went to the vet before and after the birth of her 5 kittens. Everyone was healthy!

Here's my problem, The cat, Storm, is dragging/carrying the kittens around and cutting up the back of their necks, to the point wher i can see blood. I assume it hurts because they yeowl really loudly when she tries to move them. She is moving them from a safe place to non-safe places. They have a large bathroom with food, water and litterbox and hallway with half covered boxes to hid in and toys to play with(all child free). Storm moves them away from their food, water, litter and to places where my toddler plays.

Help!!! Is this normal? Why is she moving them? What should I do about their necks?
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They just turned six weeks on Sunday. When i lock them in the bathroom with the mom she tries to scratch her way out while holding them with her teeth and they scream like crazy. So now i watch them 24/7, i have my daughter's baby monitors set up as kitten monitors. I lock the mom out of the bathroom and they wake me up via monitor when i have to let them mom in to feed them. They have food, water and their litter box in there as well as plenty of warm blankets to cuddle up on. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me!!!!
post #7 of 12
i am sure there other people here that can answer your question better.
but it sounds like she is trying to find a some place else for them.

get a box, throw in some towels and stuff, and place them in there.
maybe she would like that better.
post #8 of 12
I would close the bathroom door and keep them there. And yes, if you haven't done it already, do set up a nice cozy bed for them all as Bruce describes.

How old are the babies now?
post #9 of 12
maybe she just feels its time for the babies to come join the family. Boo did the same last year. i had her in my bedroom and after 2 weeks of her constantly trying to move them and me putting them back i just let her have her way. she brought them all downstairs to the family room where we all spend most of our time. I think she just wanted to be close to us. After i stopped putting them back upstairs she calmed down and left them where they were.
post #10 of 12
They need to be in a room alone with their mother. I look after many stray cats - mums and kittens, particularly in the summer - and the very best we can do for them is to give them a room of their own in complete isolation. Set up a bed for them - a cardboard box on it's side is ideal - with plenty of towels and blankets for them. Mum will of course need her litterbox. Food and water left down won't be eaten by the littens themselves if they're still very young, so it's not a problem if she moves them away from it. She is less likely to move them around if she feels safe in a room alone with them. It could be that she moves them because she feels that there is a threat. She sounds like a first-timer as well, and that can be really stressful for her in itself. Some of our first-time mums will even walk away from them because they simply don't know what to do with the kittens. But given a little peace and quiet, she may come around and her maternal instincts may kick in and she'll do better. Obviously you should try and pet her often, and handle the kittens, just so that she and the kittens get to know your smell and will feel safe with you. But it is important that you never disturb her if she is feeding them, because that can disrupt the feeding pattern and they won't get as much nourishment as they really need.

I hope this helps a little - I'm just relating my experiences with mothers and kittens, but I know there is a wealth of info out there
post #11 of 12
I'll move this to the pregnant cats and kitten care forum
post #12 of 12
Natalie, I have taken the liberty of merging the two threads you started on this topic so as to avoid confusion and duplicate posts.

As for the problem ... the first thing that jumps out at me is that your kittens are 6 weeks old now and Momma will want to begin their "training". She will teach them about solid foods, drinking water from a dish, using the litter box, playing without killing each other, hunting and stalking skills and most importantly, how to get along with people. While I realize the bathroom is a safe place for them to be, it is obvious to me that your Momma cat is ready for them to be out and about a little in the house. Can you allow her that freedom while you supervise? She is trying to give them their education so that can go forth and be happy little cats on their own and she needs your help to accomplish this. Let them out of the bathroom (so long as they will be safe from dogs, kids, etc.) for bursts of time throughout the day and let her do what her nature is telling her to do.
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