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    Carmen Perez
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    My cat had 2 kitten’s 5 weeks ago. She’s been an amazing mom, but now she’s beating them up for no apparent reason. She bites their necks and kicks them. They’ll squeal and she doesn’t let go. They act like they’re afraid of her. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

    #856159
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    pussigato
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    Hi Carmen,

    Concats on your new kittens. Meowmy is tired and wants her kits to go forth in life. She can also be going into heat again (yes that soon)! I hope you’re planning on having her spayed. Take them to the vet. They are ready for deworming and first exams.

    Fortunately, Meowmy took care of the hard part which is the first 4-5 weeks. Now that Meowmy has given her kits to you, this is what you do.

    They need their own space so make nests for them. Kittens cannot regulate their body temperature until 7-8 weeks so they must be kept warm. I think the best way is to place a heating pad, on LOW, covered by a towel and a soft blanket. Be sure to provide a “cool” spot for the kittens to crawl if they get too warm.

    They should be ready to eat wet kitten food but you can give them a supplement of Goats’ milk which has lots of good stuff.

    Meowmy should have taught them about peeing and pooping. Set 2 litter boxes with unscented, non-clumping letter. Kittens, like babies, put everything in their mouths and the clumping litter can create serious problems. Put them in it after every feeding and they should get the hang of it.

    They may want to go find Meowmy but keep them apart as she is done. She shouldn’t intentionally hurt them but they could get hurt anyway.

    I hope this gets you started and keep in touch. Purrhaps, we will see them on TDK. You use the like “Add My Kitten.”

    PG

    #856507
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    Carmen Perez
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    I searched online and called their vet, and they said she’s playing and teaching them. But I’m having a few other issues. The kittens are 6 1/2 weeks and they absolutely refuse to eat soft food. I’ve tried everything from heating it up, making gruel and using a plate, putting it on the roof of their mouths,on their mouths, on my finger, using tuna juice, not tuna, finely shredded chicken etc. I leave some dry kitten food out to. Mom tries showing them,but they want nothing to do with it. Mom’s still nursing and they haven’t lost any weight. Also, they eat the litter but not food, I’m baffled. I put them in when they wake and after nursing. Their vet said some take longer than others. And yes, she’s getting spayed. She was given to me by my daughter’s friend. She was flea infested, severely dehydrated and anemic. Luckily the ultrasound showed 2 kitten’s were not alive so I was prepared.She also said that she’s a Bombay, which I didn’t know what that meant. They were bred to look like a mini Black Panther with a silky shiny coat. But that didn’t show until we got her healthy and on kitten food. But any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    Carmen Perez
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    PS, I tried soft food and kitten formula at 4 weeks, so iI’ve been trying, lol

    #856510
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    pussigato
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    Some kittens just don’t like wet food. As long as they’re nursing, then wet food has no appeal for them. You want them get a proper diet so find a kitten food that has small bits for them to chew up. One thing to remember is that kittens are growing and need carbs + proteins. When kits are about 8-10 months wean them off the high carbs and move them to higher protein. Just like people, too may carbs will make kits heavier. Unless Mom is underweight, she should eat higher protein foods. If she likes the wet and it’s in your budget, purrhaps feed her that food. Who knows…maybe her kits will finally follow her lead.

    My only other concern is Meow Mix. For reasons not fully understood, cats can get intestine issues on this food. A vet. Friend told me that she’s seen this in her clients.

    Here’s some info:

    Feeding Your Cat: Know the Basics of Feline Nutrition

    BTW, you are doing an excellent job. Mommy and kits are lucky you’re taking care of them. Good Luck and keep in touch,
    PG

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