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how long after birth can you handle newborn kittens?

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Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Marie replied 8 years ago.

Hi there and thanks for your question. Congrats on your new arrivals!

There really isn't any problem with handling kittens at any time after they are born. I would however, avoid taking them away from mom's sight as she may get upset at you.

But there will be no harm done in handling the kittens right away. It will actually be good for them to have human socialization right from day one.

Dr. Marie.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Marie's Post: i had read somewhere and other fellow cat owners have also said this--that if you touch the babies too soon the some moms (especially first time moms) will not feed the babies -my cat is a first time mom and who is doing a REALLY good job taking care of her babies-I am just worried she wont feed them after I touch them--they were born on friday 2/1/08
Expert:  Dr. Marie replied 8 years ago.

I do believe that this is an "old wives tale". In all of my years of practice I have never had a client complain that their animals would not nurse after their kittens had been handled by humans. Now, there may be some truth to the fact that baby birds should not be handled. However, there is no reason not to handle your new kittens.

Dr. Marie.

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