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.
People can search for tabby kittens up for adoption on Petfinder, AdoptAPet.com and the ASPCA. These directories of adoptable pets are easy to search for a preferred pet.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 >
When a cat is ready to have her kittens, she usually licks her vagina and abdomen incessantly, as explained by veterinarian Dr. Ron Hines. She also loses her appetite, grows restless, becomes anxious and wanders around the house looking for a comfortable place in which to give birth to her kittens and take care of her litter.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 >