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How to tell if mother cat's milk is drying up?

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I noticed today that the stray I have been looking after that gave birth on friday had smaller nipples today. Does this indicate a problem or is it normal? The kittens look fine, they do not really cry often at all and usually are either sleeping or nursing when I look in the box.

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Looking at her isn't the way to tell.  Suspect you mean her breasts rather than her nipples, and how full they are depends on when the kittens last fed and how quickly her milk is being produced.

 

The kittens sound like they are fine but the way to be sure is to weigh them each day at about the same time.  You need a cheap set of electronic kitchen scales that weigh to 1g (1/3 ounce) and you need to record the results.  If you can't easily tell the kittens apart, or some of them apart, you need to mark them in some way so you can, though even if you can't tell them apart visually the weight difference might be enough.

 

She needs as much food as she will eat.  My last foster queen had a huge appetite and despite feeding five kittens managed to put some weight on while I had her, and she got wet kitten food, kitten biscuits and odd treats of raw mince and cooked white fish.

 

If they are putting on 10g plus each day they are doing just fine, and they should mostly be quiet and content.

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