My female, Roxi, had four kittens two weeks ago. She had them in my bedroom closet. Earlier today my husband found that she had moved them into the basement between a box and the washing machine. We moved the kittens back up to the bedroom closet and changed the bedding. She again tried to move the kittens, but we stopped her and returned the kitten to the closet. We then put a litter box into the room, she already had food and water, and closed the bedroom door. The bedroom is not a high traffic area and is only used for sleeping, it is not overly warm or too cold. We do have a two year old son, but we have not let him know that there are kittens in the house and will not let him know untill the kittens are older. So he is not the problem, and my husband and I check on her a couple times a day to make sure she has food and water and the kittens are healthy, but we always pet her and give her more attention than the babies. Everything has been fine up untill now. Is there anything we can do to make her not want to move the babies? Should we relent and let her move them to the damp and chilly basement? Could there be another reason besides natural instinct that makes her want to move them? Are we doing the right thing by not letting her move them down there? I really do not want her to move her kittens down there as it is dirty, cold, damp,and I have had previous experiences with her having her kittens down there and they tend to be wild, as there is so much clutter that getting them used to us is hard because we can never get to them. I would appreciate any advice on this issue! Thank you.
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4/19/04 at 8:19pm