Q: kittens

September 18, 2012 | By Chelsie1030 | 2 answers | Expired: 1229 days ago

i have rescued a cat that was pregnant and whiskers of hope was coming to get her on friday but in the meantime she gave birth . she is in a cage where i am taking care of her until they can take her and the kittens to a foster home my question is i think she has a dead one in the box not 100 percent because she doesnt leave the box unless i leave the area but there is a awful smell and i was wondering if its safe to try to lure her out and ok to remove the kitten if it is dead i know i am not to touch the other ones for fear of her killing them herself but if the kitten is dead the smell is only gonna get worse

Readers' Answers (2)

Sep 19, 2012

When cats kill their young, it's due to stress - like a feral mama freaking out over being brought indoors. If mama cat is friendly, you're okay to handle the kittens within reason. Definitely remove any dead kittens and dispose of them as you see fit. Call the rescue who's taking them and ask if they can get you a vet appointment to look over the surviving kittens. Be sure to feed mama quality kitten chow so she and her kittens get plenty of nutrients. Check the kittens at least twice a day to make sure their temperatures are steady and that they're hydrated. If at any point they feel cool to the touch or they're dehydrated, get them to a vet immediately.

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Sep 18, 2012

Rodents do this eat their young if they smell like humans or reject them but cats don't I have never heard of a cat killing it's young before cause they smelled like a human this is not true go ahead and check and remove the kitten if it is dead if it is left there I would think the momma would most likely move the kittens if it were there for too long cats do not kill their kittens I don't know where you heard that from but it's not true!

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