Can cats get post natal depression? This might sound odd, but Momma Cat seems less keen to go back to the kittens after I've fed her.
She mews quietly at me and adores the affection I lavish on her but when I lead her back to the kittens, she doesn't seem to want to settle.
She must be still feeding them as they seem to be well fed, they're not crying out for food or anything like that. They are getting very active and playful when I'm around and seem to enjoy a cuddle - I wonder if she might be jealous??
Momma Cat seems well, she eats well and she runs about fine - she was rolling about like a kitten just now with me and clawing the grass and kicking it at me!
i try to give her as much attention as possible and I don't handle the kittens every time - just look in on them to see that they are all there and ok. They certainly seem to be! I am worried she might be depressed though and I really don't want her to abandon them until they are onto solids.
I hope she isn't in heat again!! There is a black & white cat lurking around the allotments that I believe to be a boy, but we can't get close enough to tell as 'he' runs away pretty quick (especially after noshing her food!).
The kittens will be 4 weeks oldthis Saturday - 1 June. I put a little of the fishy jelly from a pouch of kitten food on my finger tonight and they all had a sniff, and perhaps got some on their noses, but they didn't try to lick my finger so maybe slightly early yet! 24 days old today!
It's certainly evenings that Momma Cat doesn't want to go back to them - I find her there when I feed her in the mornings so i'm really sure she's feeding them - I'd expect them to be less active and more noisy if they were hungry! They're certainly inquisitive and they love climbing out of the nest onto my lap to see me.
I may take them for a check up at 4 weeks as myself and another allotment holder are thinking of taking them in from 4 weeks (I'm off to France for a fortnight soon and my friend is going to have the family then. By the time I get back they will be old enough to be homed and my 2 friends at work are looking forward to having their babies, as I'm looking forward to having 'Monty and Mabel'!!
Thanks for your advice - I will keep an eye on Momma Cat's behaviour.
Hi again, Emma and you're most welcome!Momma Cat may be getting 'antsy' at night, as cats are nocturnal animals and that's usually when they 'hunt', plus, if she's in heat, she's going to be seeking a mate. I do hope that black and white 'male' (if you are correct) doesn't mate with her, but if she's in heat and he's intact, this is a distinct possibility. Oh, how wonderful, that you will be going to France and your friend will take care of the family, then!
Getting them checked by the vet at 4 weeks is a great idea, just to make sure everyone is doing well!If the babies didn't show any interest in the jelly from the pouched food, it's probably because they're too young and just don't know what to do with it. They are going to have to be taught how to 'lap' from the shallow bowl or flat saucer you offer them the watered down canned kitten food in. Try to get a 'paté' or smooth food, with no slices or chunks. Add water or kitten formula to make it a gruel/soupy consistency, as I mentioned, and put down something (like a plastic tarp or newspaper) under their plates, because this is going to be messy! lol It's great to watch as they try to figure out what to do and typically walk in the food and do everything but lap at it/eat it! It takes a few tries, but they will get it. They should still be nursing at that age, until they lose interest or the mom-cat loses interest, at the earliest, 6 weeks, but it's best for them to stay with mom and siblings until at least 8 weeks or even better, 12 weeks, if possible.So glad you're going to keep Monty and Mabel! Best regards,Cher