Separating a kitten from its mother can be a slow process. It varies from kitten to kitten, so knowing when to separate them often comes down to the individual kitten's behavior and age.Know More
Conflicting information exists about how long to wait before beginning the process of separating a kitten from its mother. A good rule of thumb is to wait around 8 weeks after birth, because kittens at this point are still very adoptable but resilient enough to survive without their mother.
Normally, it's the mother's job to socialize the newborn kittens. This phase normally takes place around the 6 week mark. If the kittens have not been socialized properly, begin by touching them, petting them, grabbing them and picking them up often.
If in regular contact with the kittens and mother, wean them off their mother's milk slowly between 4 and 12 weeks old. Occasionally offer them solid food on the side and increase the frequency with which you do this.
It's best to wait until the mother strays away from her kittens. In the case of a feral feline, wait until she leaves to find food. If the mother does not leave the kittens, wait until she is distracted and take them.
A hairless cat, also known as a Sphynx cat, didn't come from an ancient Egyptian tomb, but rather from a Canadian domestic breeder in the 1960s. When purchased from a breeder, hairless cats demand anywhere from $1,500 to $2,500. Avoid paying astronomical breeder fees by getting a hairless cat through breed-specific adoption services, animal shelters or private sellers.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 >
The average length of time between a cat's last estrus, or heat, cycle and the birth of her kittens is between 60 and 65 days. It could, however, be as short as 58 days or as long as 71 days.Full Answer >
It takes up to seven hours for a cat to give birth to a litter of kittens. Once active labor begins, the first kitten normally arrives within an hour, with about 15 minutes between the birth of each kitten.Full Answer >