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Mama Kitty Crying

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok I have another post in this thread but this is a different question
Ok I have mama and her kitties in a crate but everytime I go and clean the litter or change food/water the mom always runs out of the cage. Should I let the mom out for a while to roam or just leave her in the cage with her babies?? And if I should let her out when should she go back in?
post #2 of 18
Let here out for a little bit and watch her to make sure she goes back in. She's used to being out and is not enjoying being trapped. If she doesn't go back in then put her back in.

Good luck
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
How long should I let her stay out for? Cuz these kitties are nursing alot lately lol
post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
How long should I let her stay out for? Cuz these kitties are nursing alot lately lol
Any chance to transfer the whole family to a room? Mom definately needs the opportunity to get away from her babies every once in a while. I kept my fosters in my bathroom. I often found mom sitting close by her kittens but it gave her the opportunity to "get away" for a bit.

Katie
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well they are in a spare bathroom right now They are wobbling when they walk so should I just let them all out of the crate and just let them roam around in the room? I just want to make sure the mama would nurse her kittens still if I did that
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
Ok I have another post in this thread but this is a different question
Ok I have mama and her kitties in a crate but everytime I go and clean the litter or change food/water the mom always runs out of the cage. Should I let the mom out for a while to roam or just leave her in the cage with her babies?? And if I should let her out when should she go back in?
I let CJ out to roam all the time. She let me know when she wanted out and when she wanted back in. I'd let your momma kitty roam, and she'll definitely tell you when she wants back in.
post #7 of 18
After a while, when Billy was okay with the kitties, I made a barrier where CJ could get out, but the kittys couldn't. If there aren't any other cats in the house, you could do the same. I found a baby gate or a large piece of cardboard works best.
post #8 of 18
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Well I have other cats in the house right now the mama and the kitties are in a spare bedroom with the door close
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
Well I have other cats in the house right now the mama and the kitties are in a spare bedroom with the door close
That works. Momma kitty will shake or scratch at the door when she wants out. She should do the same when she wants in, too.
post #10 of 18
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Well I don't think she will scratch when she wants out of the room I think she just doesnt like being in the crate all the time
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
Well I don't think she will scratch when she wants out of the room I think she just doesnt like being in the crate all the time
Yeah, but after a while she'll still get stircrazy, and she will scratch to get out. Honestly, she will. You'd think that a WHOLE room would be great for a cat, wouldn't you? LOL, they don't think so!
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
So should I take the whole family out of the crate and just let them roam around in the bedroom.. The kitties are slowly walking one or 2 of them still wobbles a little but there getting there lol.. I just want to make sure the mama would still nurse them
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
So should I take the whole family out of the crate and just let them roam around in the bedroom.. The kitties are slowly walking one or 2 of them still wobbles a little but there getting there lol.. I just want to make sure the mama would still nurse them
Well, before you do that, make an area for them..... their own little cubby. Perhaps a large cardboard box, if you have one, turned over on it's side, with loads of blankets in it. If you don't have a cardboard box, just put down a blanket or two and put the kittens there. Chances are, they'll stay on or near their nest. How old are they? How many are there?

Also, just so you know, you have to worry about lights, fans, or other things. Make sure it's not bright in the room, and if you can, turn the light off. Even ceiling fans can chill small kittens, so fans need to go off. Make sure there are no cords to chew on, no small things that they'd suck on and swallow and choke. You have to think like a curious, explorative, and excited young kitten. Take up everything you'd think they'd choke or hurt themselves on, then get down on the floor on your belly, and look around to see if you see anything else. If you do, take it up, too.

For cords, they make covers, but in the mean time, I put pillows over the cords... work like a charm.

Hope that helps you! You've been posting a lot of questions (not that it's a problem), and each time I am anxious to see pictures. Do you have any? I can't wait to see these babies!!!
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Nope don't have a cardboard box I do have blankets though lol. I also have a cat bed not sure if they would work. There is no ceiling fan in there just a vent that the ac comes out of. There are 5 kittens and they are 3 wks old. Should they be familer with a litterbox soon? How about food? I'm not sure how to post pics here but go to www.doggydoodles.org then click on adoptable and then adoptable animals and then there are pics on there
post #15 of 18
I would get a large rubber maid container with some fairly low sides and put the kittens in there on nice soft bedding and move that into a closet in the bedroom or a place where there is no drafts. Keep the mom in the same room, don't let her out of the room, but give her a way that she can get away from the kittens for a few if she wants. I use a small cat condo, one of the one story teired ones and put that next to the nesting box. Mamacat can climb on that when she needs a break and perch over her babies and watch them. That works the best for me.
post #16 of 18
unless she has done anything in the past to make you think she'll abandon her babies i really wouldnt worry.

Cat instincts are so strong she'll continue to nurse them until they no longer need it.

She definitly needs her space away from the babies though!
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
I just took them all out of there crate now there roaming around in the room
post #18 of 18
Here's the direct link to the kittens. They're so cute!

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