some advice re 5 week old kittens please.

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    sarah
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    hi, i have a great mummy cat and her two adorable kittens. 5 weeks 2 days old. the little girl, mable, is eating wet cat foow and drinking kitten milk and milk from mum. the little boy, toby, refuses to consider anything other than mum’s milk. that isn’t my problem. it’s how to get a good night’s sleep. at night, i have been shutting mum in a room with her kittens. for the last week she has woken me up 2-3 times a night bashing the door to get out and later to get in again. a few nights ago i put a barrier against the door that mum could jump. she brought the kittens into my bedroom…hate to think of her jumping with those kittens in her mouth. so i went back to shutting her in until last night when i left the door closed but unlatched as she can get out but her kittens haven’t learned to. i was woken up at 6.20 am as she had brought a kitten into my bedroom and gone to fetch the other.

    so my question, is it ok to cage the kittens overnight or will that cause problems for the still nursing mum, Ziba? she has one kitten who hasn’t started weening yet.

    #861840

    Kittyzee
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    I guess I don’t really understand your question–you want to cage the kittens so the mum can’t carry them around at night? If that’s it, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I don’t know why you would close her in at all, except to say that she needs to be inside and not have any way to gain access to the outside. She could get pregnant again, and/or take her kittens somewhere outside where you don’t know where they are.

    She just wants to be with you, and trusts you enough that she wants you to love her kittens too. Mum cat loves having you make over them in front of her because she is so proud. She will probably stop carrying them around if you just let her have access to the rest of the house at night. You could make her a nest in your bedroom with her and kittens, that way she is near you and them at the same time.

    #862523

    sarah
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    sorry, i never saw your answer because it went into spam. i should have explained that i have another cat who uses the cat flap so really wanted mum to stay with her kittens while the other cat roamed free. in the end she settled down and now is happy not to see them during the night. thank you anyway.

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