Hi, My name is Mabelle.In my relatives barn were 3 kittens.Black,black and white,and a grey longhair.After awile we discovered 5 more kittens all of different ages.But as of June 25 2007 we still dont no the ages of these creatures.I suggest you DONT take the kittens away from there mother.I do not no the age of your kittens but they may be being feed by their mom.I really can relate to your situation.
We think that there are 3 litters.Please start socializing them at a young age so when you find homes for them they will be friendly.By the way try to find homes for the kittens ASAP, it will get harder to find homes when there older.My kitties are different ages but the3 oldest ones need to go now and were having trouble.So please start now!
You said there have been previous litters in the barn.WHy havent you gotten the moms removed and spayed.This is the first litter in the nearby barn and becasue of 8 kittens ,this is what we will have to do.
if you can start to feed these kittens a little bit as they might not be getting enough food from their mommy.The first time we feeded the kittens,they were very hungry.Start feeding them milk replacement,then canned food and slowly give them hard food.
We feed the kittens and there mom morning and night.Depending on how old they are feed them(if there a young age)3 times a day but smaller portions.Always stay with them while they eat!!
Remember NO COW MILK
mabelle ps.Feel free to ask me anything and everying as I am going through the same thing as you are.Start posts with Mabelle which will also get my attention
please don't move the kittens. you could be endangering yourself and even the kittens. the mom could see you as a threat and attack you or you could move the kittens and the mother cat could refuse to feed them anymore. so I suggest that you put some towels out there with the kittens and just leave them alone but if the kittens mother shows any signs of agressiveness then just don't risk it and try again when the mother has left. leave out some food/water for the mother cat as well so that she has plenty food to turn into milk and plenty of water so that she doesn't get dehydrated.
please don't move them... u say the mother is still around which means she is keeping watch over her kittens. i think if u interfer u will endanger both the kittens and yourself. Imagen u had kid and someone just came up and took them away... how would u react?? I know i would do anything to get them back... but we are talking about cats.... they may see you as a threat and attact you or the kitten...
I suggest leave the kittens alone , the mother can look after them but if u are worried they will get injured call a vet for more information...
I'd say leave them. Depending on their age depends on how much care they need from mom (or you if you take them in). Last year... Well, actually 2 years ago, me and my brother took two kittens from our neighbors backyard when one of the strays had kittens. They were too young to be away from mom so we got baby food and kitten milk but they wouldn't eat until we mixed it together. And besides being to young to eat by themselves, they couldn't go to the bathroom on their own. So a half hour after feeding them we'd have to take a rag, soak it with warm water, and rub the kittens privates till they went. Trust me, nobody likes doing that and it's a lot of work. But, we did get two great cats (Sinder who's my brother's and Felix who's mine) and last year my brother got an orange kitten from our neighbor's yard for his girlfriend (Which is Vince, Felix and Sinder's little borther) who was feral when we brought him in.
But I suggest if you decide to take them, make sure the mom's not around. I caught Felix while his mom was eating and she saw me take him and anytime she sees me she'll give me the evil eye. I had sat on the porch waiting for my parents to get home to make sure I could keep the kitten and his mom was watching me the whole time.
My; dogs: Blizzard and Max. cats: Frosty, Snickers, Crystal, Felix (black cat in pic), Sinder, Vince, Binx, Rei (tiny cat in pic). Birds: Ash (cockateil) Fitch & Sheila (Zebra finches)