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momma abandoned her kittens, need HELP!!

post #1 of 17
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Ok, my cat had 7 kittens 2 weeks ago. All of them kept dying for no reason whatsoever. Every morning i would wake up and another would be dead. I am down to 3 now, but this morning when i woke up they were not in their little bed. I searched my whole house and they are not inside. So i am figuring she took them outside, but she is not going outside. She has been just chilling inside acting like she never even had babies. What did she do with her babies?!??! Do momma cats abandon their babies like that often? She seemed to be a good mom so i don't understand why she would take her babies outside to die. Is this normal behavior?
post #2 of 17
there is a chance if they were ill they could have died and she could have eaten them. or else she might have left them somewhere to die.

its so sad but its nature, my friends cat did this with her litter.

search your house thourghly or else in a while the kittens will begin to rot.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
They were all perefectly healthy though. They were just starting to play and everything. I know that all 3 of them weren't sick, so she probably killed them huh?
post #4 of 17
At 2 weeks old, it is unlikely that she killed them. If she were going to harm them, she would have already done so, IMO. But you DO need to find them quickly. I would suggest watching your girl like a hawk and following her around if you need to, turn off all noise in the house and walk around listening very, very carefully for little mews. If your girl hasn't gone outside then they are in your house somewhere. Look under furniture, behind dressers, in closets and attics or basements as well. Think like a cat ... where would YOU put them so that they were safe, warm and away from threats or danger?
post #5 of 17
check inside your sofa or lazy-boy if you have one. they can fit in the tinest gaps, my vet found her kitten in a tisse box and i 'lost' mine only to find him in a bathroom cupboard.

check inside draws and underneath them.

whilst it is really unusual for a mother cat to kill a two week old kitten (my vet gave me the very same advice Gayef did) my friends cat did kill hers when he was just under two weeks. i dont know if she meant to do it or if she simply forgot where she put him but they found him dead and rotten a while later

not trying to be pessamistic or scare you. they are most probably hidden somewhere safe and sound.
post #6 of 17
I agree that she did not kill them, but knows they are ill and ditched them because this is her instinct. She will have put them someplace dark, quiet and cramped. Get down on your knees and literally crawl thorough your home- look everywhere you can think of and even places where you don't think she could get under. You have about 24 hours to find them (depending on how cold it is in your home) before they go into problems. You should be able to hear them, unless they are dead already, which could also be what happened.

Please get your momcat spayed to avoid this type of situation and heartache in the future. I am sorry this has happened to you- another alternative is to talk to a friend with a cat friendly dog and see if she will bring the dog over to search for the kittens. It is a long shot, but it might work
post #7 of 17
were they just starting to walk around by any chance? mama cat might have moved them to somewhere more contained. remember a story on here where a mother cat moved her kittens on top of a high shelf to keep them from moving around.

other places my kitten has hidden:

in a shoe, inside a duvet cover, in a hat (they were both black so couldnt find him!), underneath a drawer (dont ask how he got there), airing cupboard, inside a compost heap, inside or bbq chimnea!

check anywhere enclosed and warm.
post #8 of 17
When I was little, our cat Pete (yeah I know) had kittens and hid them in the empty space under the tub - she could reach it by one of the closets.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Well before she would not be away from them for more than 10 minutes, but this morning when i was looking for them she was just lounging around for 4 hours. Thats why i think she abandoned them or killed them. She is acting like she never even had kittens in the first place.
post #10 of 17
If they are dead she would be in mourning, moping around and crying. I do not think she killed them- I think she placed them somewhere to be sacrificed to a predator. Even an indoor cat cannot stop that instinct and as several kittens have already died- it is possible the entire litter is in danger of the same fate. You need to proceed as if these kittens are still alive- trust me, you do not want to not look for them- they need your help desperately, even if that help is just taking them to the vet and having them put down mercifully.
post #11 of 17
Right, you need to search your house and find those kittens. Unplug everything, turn off the air conditioning and then listen...no one can give you more thorough advice than that through the internet.

And whatever happens, please get your adult female cat spayed so she doesn't have any more litters. Good luck with this admittedly difficult situation.
post #12 of 17
Do you have any news???
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by gayef
Do you have any news???
OH COME ON.....
I'm dying for an update here...
Are prayers answered?
An update would be AWESOME.
post #14 of 17
ok searched forums,and either missed it or isnt too common a problem? anyway my young cat had 5 kittens 2 weeks ago,but seems she has carried them out of the cat flap and taken them somewhere and now have no idea where! at 2 weeks old naturaly they are no where near ready to be out at all let alone left somewhere,so was wondering how far away she is likely to have taken them so i can limit my searches to a smaller area?
have checked everywhere in house and am sure they are not inside,but i live near lots of fields etc so is a large area to look and dont want to waste time looking 3 fields away if its likely are only a few trees away in a bush or something?
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by tracygabs
ok searched forums,and either missed it or isnt too common a problem? anyway my young cat had 5 kittens 2 weeks ago,but seems she has carried them out of the cat flap and taken them somewhere and now have no idea where! at 2 weeks old naturaly they are no where near ready to be out at all let alone left somewhere,so was wondering how far away she is likely to have taken them so i can limit my searches to a smaller area?
have checked everywhere in house and am sure they are not inside,but i live near lots of fields etc so is a large area to look and dont want to waste time looking 3 fields away if its likely are only a few trees away in a bush or something?
EEK....kittens taken out around 9pm last night,didnt find em again untill 5pm today...little minx had taken em behind shed next to fence(is all overgrown and hard to access) luckily after almost giving up on looking for em i happened to hear one bein noisy as i bought in washing,otherwise wouldnt have seen them...now safely back indoors and mom acting all motherly like nothing happened,but am gonna nail catflap shut till they older
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by tracygabs
EEK....kittens taken out around 9pm last night,didnt find em again untill 5pm today...little minx had taken em behind shed next to fence(is all overgrown and hard to access) luckily after almost giving up on looking for em i happened to hear one bein noisy as i bought in washing,otherwise wouldnt have seen them...now safely back indoors and mom acting all motherly like nothing happened,but am gonna nail catflap shut till they older
Definately keep mom and kittens indoors...especially since mom can go back into heat very soon after giving birth. You may want to set up her spay appt. now for when the kittens are 6 weeks of age.

Katie
post #17 of 17
*exhaling now* Thank GOODNESS you found them. Please, oh Please, eliminate your girl's access to the outside now! LOCK that cat flap down!

~gf~
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