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Kittens are 8 weeks old gave 1 away they just returned it…

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Kittens are 8 weeks...

Kittens are 8 weeks old gave 1 away they just returned it now mother cat is hissing trying to hurt it. Kitten was only gone for 48 hours. Then she started hissing at the other 2 kittens that have been here since birth. I locked up mom cat. What should I do??

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the kitten's name?

The kittens don't have names yet. This was a stray Cat that we took in and has been with us since she gave birth. She was excellent mom but now she wants to hurt them

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the stray kitten?

The kitten was not a stray she came from the litter with the other kittens

Submitted: 2 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Thank you for your question about this situation. This one isn't an all too uncommon one. In all reality, time is most likely all that is needed here. That kitten that was returned, it most likely has an odor to it that the mother is picking up on. You could wipe that kitten down with a warm, damp cloth to help remove some of the odors that he / she may have picked up. That combined with giving mom more time to adjust to her coming back is pretty much all that is needed. I wouldn't be worried that this will be a long standing issue.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Why I'd she trying to hurt the other kittens. Will she kill them?
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

If she is getting upset with the other kittens, she may be having displaced aggression. Basically, they can get upset and then that is displaced onto others. What may be best is to keep her separated from them for a day or two and then slowly re-introduce them all.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

There is a feline specific calming pheromone product called Feliway that can be used if this aggression isn't getting better. It comes as a plug in diffuser and can be used to help reduce the stress that she's feeling. Here is a link on it.

www.feliway.com

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