Hello, Im new to cat talk. My brother gave me a cat and iommediately became pregnant. She just had a litter added to the family on april 14 but due to some problems i have to give away the kittens but i would like to know when is a good time to turn them over to their new family. What woulb be an appropiat etime for them to stop breastfeeding. I hear its about a month is it true? Also how much do i have to wait to have her fixed?
Kittens mature slightly faster than puppies, and they should be ready to go to their new homes when they are 6-8 weeks old. You can have your female cat spayed around the same time. Generally speaking with cats the momma cat will take care of weaning the kittens on her own as their teeth get sharper. I'd start offering water softened dry food at about 3-4 weeks to the kittens.
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Yep! 6-8 weeks is the magic #! Personally, I have been raising un-weaned orphaned kittens since I was about 11 years old, and I prefer to take new kittens from mom at about 5 weeks because then they form a stronger bond with me and truly think of me as "mom". BUT, I know how to wean and how to raise healthy kittens because I have done it sooooo many times as a foster cat mom. Don't let anyone that does not know what they are doing take them before momma cat has weaned them herself. You sound really responsible and good for you for taking momma cat into your home and caring for her. Good for you for getting momma cat spayed to help control the unwanted cat population. And good for you for wanting to find good homes for all the kittens. Its a shame you can't keep any of them, you sound like you will be a great cat owner.
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Hey rainbowzoo! Looks like the kitties found another sucker! They know who we are!
Thank you for the info I would really like to keep them all. Ive become so attach with them and taking the kittens away from her mom really makes me feel bad but I cant keep them. I just hope I can find a great home for them. Thank you!
I recently seperated our 5 week old kittens from their mother. They were eating solid food and drinking water. The mother would only let them nurse for a minute or two, so I thought she was weaning them. I found them good homes, but now I wonder if I acted too soon. The mother cat is searching every nook and cranny for them and constanly trying to call them. It's breaking my heart. I feel so guilty. We give her lots of attention and love to help with her loss, but I wonder if I should let her get pregnant again to help her deal with her babies being gone? What should I do?
Good God, no! Don't let her get pregnant again! Yes, that was very early, but what's done is done. Do the right thing, now, and get her spayed. I know all the shelters in my area have been FLOODED with unwanted kittens-as in, HUNDREDS of homeless kittens.
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catlover is right. Momma's looking for her babies probably to let them nurse a little to aid in the process of her milk drying up. It's natural instinct and the process of the milk drying up is a little uncomfortable. Once that is done she will calm down. Cats do form strong attatchments to their young and to other cats, but they also adapt easily to them being gone because that is nature's design for them. She will be fine. Get her spayed, and if you are still worried about her being lonely, go to a local shelter and get a play-mate for her.
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