Originally Posted by momof6Mews
Currently all five of the kittens are under my bed...I would really like to move them into the living room. I put them in a box, and the second they cried momma came and went straight under the bed again.
Is it possible to move the babies and have mom keep them there?
And advice is much needed. Thanks all!!!
Hey Momof6! Welcome to the Forum! I hope you'll find it educational and informative.
As for moving the babies, everyone else has given you some real good advice and so now I am going to add mine:
If you want to move the babies to a location in your home that is more convenient for you (and I completely understand this, believe me!) then you will have to first take into some consideration what the Momcat will tolerate.
Momcats want a quiet, dark and warm place to care for their babies. They want a place that is free from threats such as other pets in the house, children's fascination with the babies or other such traffic. They want to keep the odors of the kitten nest down so as not to attract predators (or other scary monsters they perceive to also reside in your home). They want their food and potty close by but not so close as to attract those scary monsters I mentioned above.
The perfect solution?
A large dog crate. Pad the bottom tray with newspaper and if you have one, a fleecy covering. Put one of those tee-pee style cat beds in there or a snuggle-type fleece bed works well too. Pile up old sheets or towels in the corners for burrowing. Place the crate in a warm, safe location where it is convenient for you, but still out of the way of the normal household traffic. When there is lots of activity expected, move the crate, kittens and all, into another area of the house away from the activity. Drape a warm, thick blanket over the entire crate and VOILA! Convenient for you, meets Mom's needs and is still able to be moved without disrupting the nest.
You can put a litter pan and your Momcat's food/water nearby, letting her out several times per day to eat, stretch, have some "me" time away from the babies and to do her potty business.
Hope this helps.