The number of kittens born per litter depends on the age of the cat and her past breeding experiences. Approximately one to eight kittens are born in each litter, but most cats give birth to four to six kittens at a time.
A very young or old cat may have fewer kittens in her litter because of her body's lessened ability to successfully mature kittens in utero. A cat can have up to three litters of kittens per year, depending on her heat cycle. Most female cats go into heat between January and September and can cycle back into heat every two to three weeks.Learn More
Mother cats will move their litter of kittens to escape predators or find a place they consider more suitable for raising them. Cats are very aware that their kittens rely completely on the protection and teaching of their mother, and for this reason cats spend a lot of time deciding where to give birth and then where to raise their young.Full Answer >
Yes, some mother cats, also known as queens, will eat one or more of their kittens. There are a number of reasons why the queen might choose to do this, and this behavior is not necessarily a reflection of her inexperience as a mother.Full Answer >
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, kittens should start nibbling on dry food at about five to six weeks of age. They should begin dry food even if they are still nursing.Full Answer >
Signs that a cat is giving birth include restlessness, increased vocalization and vomiting. A cat actively looks for a quiet, private place to have her kittens, often choosing a closet or a pile of clothing as her nest.Full Answer >