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In most cases WILD mother cats will abandon their kittens. Mothers cats will abandon the kittens if she senses that the kittens are no longer safe. Human smell on the kittens makes the mother cat want to reject the kitten/s. It is best not to handle the kittens of wild cats, but there are exceptions and that is if the kittens are in danger or possibly harm. Then you may have to move them, but be prepared to adopt and bottle feed the kittens.

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Will your newborn kittens die if touched?

Sometimes if you touch the kittens when they're too young, the mother will smell your scent on them and abandon them. Better to leave them alone.


Will a mother rabbit reject her babies if touched by humans?

no she will not abandon her babies.


Will a cat neglect kittens if touched by humans?

You can touch the kittenI wouldn't think so, as the cat around my house just had kittens and I held them from day one. Just be very cautious and respect that they are new babies, No. A cant willnot neglect kittens handled by humans and it will not make the kittens eyes sore, either. Kittens handled by humans lovingly, will most likely make nicer pets.Naomi Babcock :as long as the mother is your cat i can tell you there won't be any problems. all three times I've had a mother cat with kittens i touched, pet, and held them from day one.In fact, with my last cat, i had to help her break open the birth sacks, poor girl was too tired.if the mother cat belongs to you, she knows your scent and your taste (yes, she tastes you when she cleans herself after you pet her) and she will not have any bad response to this smell and taste being on her babies


How are kittens born?

Kittens are born in much the same way as humans are born - the mother delivers them live during labor.They are called kittens because they are small!


Why will the momma cat kill the kitten if you touch it right after its born'?

No. I have touched my mother cats kittens right after they were born (July 1 and June 19) and she didn't kill the kittens. Only if the mother cat trusts you and doesn't see you as a threat will she allow you to touch her kittens. If the mother cat growls at you or shows signs of anger towards you, leave the kittens alone.If you can you need to check the new born kittens, when they are born to make sure they are doing fine. One of my mother cats recently had some kittens (3) on July 1, and I found out that the kittens were tangled up in the placenta (after birth) cords. One of the kittens hind leg was pinched with the cord and was causing the leg to swell. The leg was blown up like a balloon, 2-3 times normal. I had to perform immediate surgery to save their lives and the new born kittens leg. The kitten with the swollen leg, its leg is still swollen (July 11), but we are giving it antibiotics and checking it everyday, but it may have to have its leg amputated making it a three legged kitten.I have heard that the mother cat may kill the kittens if they are handled by humans, my mother cats have had many litters and I have handled the kittens. She gets anxious, but she has never killed her kittens.I have noticed, when one of my mother cats feel threatened, the mother cat wants to move her kittens to another location. Not kill them.

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Can you pick up your newborn kittens?

Yes, as long as it doesn't stress the mother or the kittens out. You can't hold them for too long, otherwise their bodies will pick up your scent and the mother will abandon them :(


Will a mother cat harm the other kittens if one of the kittens got killed by unnatural causes?

No, this will not happen. There are only a few, firmly defined, instances where the mother cat's instincts tell her to abandon or drive away her own kittens. How a mother cat treats her kittens is a function of what stage her hormones are in following the birth, combined with her environmental cues. If there are conditions of stress. the mother will drive away her kittens as they grow, so they can establish their own hunting territories. If there is something wrong with one of the kittens, the mother will abandon them so a doomed kitten will not use up resources that will not help them.


Will your newborn kittens die if touched?

Sometimes if you touch the kittens when they're too young, the mother will smell your scent on them and abandon them. Better to leave them alone.


Should i keep my cat away from my other cat that's just had kittens?

Yes, it would be a good idea, otherwise the mother may feel threatened and abandon her kittens or the other cats may attack the defenseless kittens and/or the mother.


Will a mother rabbit reject her babies if touched by humans?

no she will not abandon her babies.


Will mother ducks abandon their ducklings if humans touch them?

No. She won't abandon them. But a human mother might, if you handle her children. Don't do it. It pisses moms off, seriously.


Will a cat neglect kittens if touched by humans?

You can touch the kittenI wouldn't think so, as the cat around my house just had kittens and I held them from day one. Just be very cautious and respect that they are new babies, No. A cant willnot neglect kittens handled by humans and it will not make the kittens eyes sore, either. Kittens handled by humans lovingly, will most likely make nicer pets.Naomi Babcock :as long as the mother is your cat i can tell you there won't be any problems. all three times I've had a mother cat with kittens i touched, pet, and held them from day one.In fact, with my last cat, i had to help her break open the birth sacks, poor girl was too tired.if the mother cat belongs to you, she knows your scent and your taste (yes, she tastes you when she cleans herself after you pet her) and she will not have any bad response to this smell and taste being on her babies


Will a mother cat abandon her grown-up daughter-cat if she has another litter of kittens?

no they help them take care of the young


How are kittens born?

Kittens are born in much the same way as humans are born - the mother delivers them live during labor.They are called kittens because they are small!


Why does a mother cat abandon her kittens?

There are several reasons a queen would abandon her kittens. The most common one is that the kittens are old enough to take care of themselves and the queen has weaned them off. Another reason may be the kittens have been disturbed by humans or predators, and the queen refuses to return to the kittens because of this. A third reason may be the queen hasn't abandoned them - she may simply be out hunting and planning on returning in a few hours. Finally, particularly with feral cats, the queen may have been injured, gotten sick or been killed and is physically unable to return to the kittens.


Is it normal for Mother kittens to abandon their living kittens to look for the ones that died?

Some mother cats will do just that but not as a rule, they will feel the loss of one of their kittens the same as a human would feel, this is why there is saying that some people use to describe an "unfit mother" Cats make better mothers than her!" not a nice saying , but there it is.


How do cheetahs have babies?

The same way we do. Except that mother cheetahs give birth to kittens (cubs), while mother humans give birth to infant humans.

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