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Q: how to separate a mama cat from her kittens- all in chicken wire cage in barn

July 3, 2010 | By OldWetHen | 3 answers | Expired: 1506 days ago

how to separate a mama cat from her kittens- all in chicken wire cage in barn

We're going to take 5 kittens to foster. Their mama is shy- not feral- and, obviously, doesn't want anybody messing with her kittens. All are in a barn right now, in a cage made of plywood and chicken wire. And advice on how to separate them and get the kittens boxed for travel, with minimal bloodshed?

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Ches21
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Jul 04, 2010

I would ask your vet this question.

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Gail
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Jul 05, 2010

I think the easiest thing to do would to set a live trap for the mother cat, bait it with sardines and once she is inside you can get the kittens out without having to worry about mom...once the kittens are safely out, release momma kitty.

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Jillian
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Jul 06, 2010

kittens should not be separated from their mom {or litter mates} until they're 12 weeks. this gives them valuable time together to learn how to be well adjusted cats, and will make for better behaved adult cats in the long run.
and the best way to remove them would be to gain mamas trust. spend a lot of time close by w/your side to her and just offer her pieces of chicken. she'll start to warm up to.

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