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How to increase milk production in nursing queens

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I have a queen who just birthed(so fat, she looked like she would explode!). All the kittens are healthy and well, but we have a problem; she has about 7 kittens so far, and cats have 6 nipples.  He first litter went well, all of the kittens lived, but her second was bad, only one lived. I don't want to repeat, so it leads to my question:


How do you increase milk production with cats?

post #2 of 5

There are surely several factors.

One is she shall have aplenty to drink, not to risk dehydration. Use a water fountain for cats if necessary.

She shall be unstressed.

Good food of course (what are you using?), of the type kitten food. As much as she needs and wants.


Do she eats and manage usually diary products like youghourt, cheese, low lactose milk?

These milk products shouldnt be necessary if she has good enough food, but in border cases they may be useful, both water, animal proteins and fats, and much calcium.

If she has problems with milk products, goat milk is useful.  Does have lactose but seems to work beautifully for cats anyway.  


If you dont have problems with salomonella in eggs in your country, try with eggs yolk, ie the yellow of raw eggs - these are nice and verry useful nourishment.


There are also pastes with vitamines of type Nutrical (I think).  Shouldnt be necessary in normal cases, but here perhaps...



Let others fill in!



Good luck!



ps.  Are you a breeder?  If not, please consider to spay her at least when they kittens are weaned.

post #3 of 5

Cats have 8 nipples, not 6, so there are enough to go round.  Not sure what 'about 7 kittens' means - she has 7 or some other number.


A friends cat successfully reared 8 kittens.  The queen was feed as much kitten food as she wanted to eat, the kittens were not supplemented, and started eating solid food naturally as they wandered into it - mum's food was put down in shallow dishes.  My friend looked after the queen, she looked after her kittens . 


Weigh the kittens every day at about the same time, and record the results.  You need a cheap set of kitchen scales that weigh to 1g or the equivalent in ounces, though I think grams are easier as there are no decimal points to worry about.  Most days the kittens should gain 10g or more.


The best way to avoid a repeat is to get her neutered as soon as the kittens are weaned, 8-10 weeks or so.

post #4 of 5

7 kittens shouldn't be a problem, however it is concerning she's had 3 litters if you aren't a registered breeder. There are supplements to increase production but breeders start those before birth usually.


My girls eat all placentas and have a bowl of milk, egg and calcium syrup once birth is completed. 


ETA: if mum doesn't have enough milk you just take over and formula feed them every 2 hours, no need for the litter to die just from lack of milk.

Edited by missymotus - 6/10/12 at 6:37pm
post #5 of 5

exactly  you need to get her spayed especially since only one survived in the second litter, sounds like there is some kind of genetic defect, or illness, I would get the mom tested for FIP, FeLV, and others. and yes cats have 8 nipples 

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