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Will a pregnant female cat eat or kill another mama cats kittens?

Just wondering because we have a stray cat that has decided to have her kittens in our barn and now I noticed another stray cat thats been hanging around and shes looking like she might have kittens herself.
I've called animal control..they don't seem too ready or willing to come out to help, either.

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Asked by kimberlyinberea at 12:32 PM on Apr. 26, 2011 in Pets

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  • From what ive seen a female cat ( and not just cats) will eat any young they dont recognize as thier own so if its possible to separate the two and thier "nests" i'd do it

    Answer by Jaliceawrites at 12:34 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • In my experience i have seen other momma cats take other cats kittens but never seen them eat the other moms kittens

    Answer by SmilesLovely at 12:44 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • More than likely the mothers will 'adopt' each other's kittens. Growing up same thing happened.

    Answer by tnunley at 1:17 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • U can call any vet or shelter and they could help u. I would try to move the kittens. Is the other mom still nursing her kittens? If she is,can u move them into your house? basement? garage?

    Answer by dancer at 2:38 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • Oh yes..these kittens were born only about 3 days ago..I could move them in the house...I dont know..I'm scared, LOL

    Comment by kimberlyinberea (original poster) at 2:46 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • Take them in the house to keep them safe. Is momma cat there?

    Answer by dancer at 2:50 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • Yes shes there.Shes friendly...I pet her, she even lets me hold her.I already have 3 cats in my house..I think it may cause cat war,lol.

    Comment by kimberlyinberea (original poster) at 3:10 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • If you want to move her into your home, you must keep in her a room of her own; seperated totally from your other kitties. Momma cat doesnt need any stress right now, & she will view your kitties as a threat to her babies. Set up a box large enough for her & her babies to lie comfortably in. Line it with newspapers underneath towels or blankets you dont use, & change them often. Do not use any bleach or fabric softner on them when you wash them, as the smell is quite strong. It's imperative those babies stay warm, as they cannot regulate their own body heat yet. Because she is nursing, momma cat needs a lot more calories than normal. Be sure to feed her a good quality wet/canned food as often as she wants, as well as lots of fresh water. You can give her kitten food, as that is higher in calories & protein. Keep some dry kitten food out for her to nibble on as well. will continue in next post if I can.

    Answer by RubyinPA at 5:56 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • I'm sure you know you'll need a litter box for momma cat too, but dont place that near her food. If momma cat will let you, gently handle her babies everyday, several times a day. Those babies need to be socialized as early as possible, if they stand any chance of being adopted. Being that momma cat was outdoors she probably has fleas, which means she'll pass those onto her babies, as well as intestinal parasites. As soon as you can move the babies, take momma cat & babies into see a vet so they can be examined & dewormed, & eventually treated for fleas. If possible once the babies are weaned, have momma cat spayed, especially if you dont plan to keep her indoors. If finances are an issue, heck to see if there's a low cost spay & neuter program in your area, or close enough for you to drive to. Good luck! :-)

    Answer by RubyinPA at 6:06 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

  • Forgot to add; it's highly unlikely one mother cat will eat and/or kill another momma cats babies. I have never in all my years of working with rescues, heard of that happening. The bigger risk comes from other predators such as unneutered male cats who may wander the area, possums, raccoons, fox etc.

    Answer by RubyinPA at 6:10 PM on Apr. 26, 2011

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