Originally Posted by michelle mayall
the bitting is because she wanted to move them i think she is a bit rough though i have moved the babies back to the nest a dozen times. i have changed the bedding and took out the heat pad as she kept putting them on the cold tiles so im guessing she thinks they are to warm i dont have anything large enough to contain mum 3 babies litter and food and water. her nipples are fine. when she hisses its almost to say mum dont you dare go to sleep
Can you move them into a bathroom or place a baby gate to keep kittens confined and Momma cat can come and go as she pleases, so they are still confined, and Momma cat can still move away to cool off when not nursing. I am glad her nipples are not showing sign of infection.
The kittens are 4 weeks of age now and their nails become longer and can irritate Mom's skin while nursing. I would recommend beginning to trim nails now, just to help keep Momma more comfortable while nursing. The kittens are older as well, and they are beginning to regulate their own body temps and will begin exploring the area they are in. It is time to give them space for excercise and build their kitty skills. It would be a good time to have a scratching post to introduce now as well, to teach good scratching habits.
It is also time to introduce them to solids, if you haven't already. Either a premium canned kitten food or dry kibble moistened. That will begin giving the Mom a bit more of a break in nursing as well.
Once kittens are weaned, it will be time to schedule her spay appointment.