You think giving birth is the hardest thing for a cat’s owner? Many breeders face strange behaviour after kittens are born without any explanation.
Most cats take care of their kittens as expected: they lick kittens, keep them warm, feed them regularly and protect them from the slightest threat. But what if the cat gives up some or all of her maternity responsibilities?
If the animal does not perform the following actions before and after childbirth
It’s not uncommon for a pet to refuse to chew the umbilical cord, lick kittens and eat their last meal. As a rule, this atypical behavior is observed in domestic cats.
The reasons may vary, but the most common is the active participation of the person during and after the birth of the cat. Breeders who are interested in having a healthy offspring and keeping their mothers healthy often do all the work for the cat. By performing abdominal massage, prenatal toilet, removal and disposal of the afterbirth, the owner calms the cat. The bad thing is that the animal relaxes and gives the owner the opportunity to do all the work for her.
There is a hormonal failure in the cat’s body, which can cause milk production to stop.
What should I do? Find the right middle ground. Soothe your cat from a distance with your voice and intervene only as a last resort.
If the cat refuses to feed her offspring
The first comes from the second. But in addition to the lack of milk, the cat feels the vitality of the kitten(s) and refuses to feed the weakest.
After all, cats are the first to catch serious diseases of kittens with the help of receptors and smell, and they don’t see the need to spend time on unviable offspring.
Another important factor may be healthy competition between kittens. After all, on 6-12 days, they open their eyes, and they find a source of milk more quickly. Strong kittens suck more aggressively, depriving the rest of their food. Naturally, this makes the cat uncomfortable, which can make the cat run away from them and hide in a secluded place.
The third reason is the pain of biting the nipples. Kittens are ready to eat solid food one month after birth. Like children, they will start biting the cat and make it uncomfortable.
What should I do? It is important to limit the space available to the cat and try to prevent the cat from leaving the kittens. Place your cat next to her offspring, soothe her voice and massage her nipples.
Dragging and dropping kittens
This behavior is considered absolutely normal. In the wild, the cat drags her offspring at least five times, with the end point being an approximate place to the feeding trough.
What to do? Don’t deprive your pet of this privilege. Create a second “nest” in a private place and let the pet satisfy his instinct.