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Do Momma cats abandon their kittens if a human touches the

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Do Momma cats abandon their kittens if a human touches them?
Submitted: 6 years ago via KittenCare.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for your post!

No - while we do try to limit handling, unlike birds we can handle the kittens if needed to help the mom.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Then when do you suppose I should intervene?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
I am not sure what other information is needed here.

You asked, "Do Momma cats abandon their kittens if a human touches them?"

The answer is NO.

Veterinarians assist in birthing and handle the kittens regularly - the mother does not abandon the kittens following this.

If you are concerned the mother has abandoned the kittens and they are not eating or being kept warm, etc -then I would intervene to prevent illness.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Why would a mother abandon her kittens then?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
There are some cats that do not have the instict to take care of the kittens, especially first time mothers.
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
She was caring for them and seems to have stopped.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
This would then be a time where intervening on your part may be needed to help!
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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