Originally Posted by Blindside462
OMG I'm still scared even now that one of my kittens will get smothered. My cat sits up nursing then lays down whenever and the little one was inbetween her and the box and I saved her...it's just so frustrating...I want them to get to 2-3 weeks old so they're eyes are open and can be more careful.
I tried to PM you but it didn't go through.
Don't worry so much. Are you sure you "saved" her, or was she really okay? Unless a kitten really is in danger, it's sometimes better to trust Mom. What we sometimes see as danger is Mom teaching them about life.
Was the kitten crying? If so, she probably wasn't being smothered, and mom might have been trying to teach her how to move around and protect herself.
The most important thing, in my opinion, is to make sure Mom is feeling safe and protected and unthreatened. And in her viewpoint, not ours. If she is a fairly new cat in the household, "saving" her kittens too much could be viewed as threatening to her, and a queen feeling threatened can be a reason why they might abandon or try to kill their own kittens. Unless she's a very, very young mother (like 7 or 8 months) she probably knows how not to smother them.
If possible, try to be less a Mother and more a Grandmother. Which means love, play and spoil, and let Mom do her thing