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Hi, Allison. Thanks for your question.As you mentioned, it's common for mother cats to leave their young for short periods of time. Her symptoms are concerning.Are you able to take her temperature? You can use a manual thermometer or a digital one (they're less than 5 bucks at any store with a pharmacy section). This will need to be taken rectally. If you don't have KY jelly, a small amount of vaseline or chapstick will work to insert the thermometer.Are you noticing any areas on her that seem painful? Hot? Swollen? Does she have any vaginal discharge?Health-wise, how are the kittens doing?