The Nursing Mother Cat

Articles dealing with issues about the mother cat with nursing kittens

Titles marked with a red asterisk * are for members only.

  • * Dual Mothering
    Should you let two mothers share their kittens between them? Should you give a kitten from a large litter to a mother with a smaller litter to care for? Learn the pros and cons of dual mothering.
    July 2017

  • * Eclampsia
    Every breeder should be able to recognize the signs of eclampsia - your queen`s life may depend on it.
    October 2003

  • * Mastitis
    Mastitis is an infection of the mammary gland of a nursing cat that can be life-threatening. Learn how to check for it and what to do if your queen develops mastitis.
    July 2016

  • * Mastitis Medical Case History #1
    Follow the symptoms and treatment of a young Exotic Shorthair female who develops mastitis after giving birth to a singleton kitten...
    June 2011

  • * Mastitis Medical Case History #2
    This is the case history of an Abyssinian female that developed an unusually fast-acting mastitis infection that required surgery...
    June 2011

  • * Poor Maternal Instincts In A Cat
    Most cats are excellent mothers, so it can be very disheartening when a queen fails to properly care for her kittens. Evaluating the degree, seriousness and consequences of the individual queen's poor mothering instincts will allow you to formulate a plan to either improve her mothering skills or eliminate her from your breeding program.
    August 2015

  • * Red Raspberry Leaves & Marshmallow Root
    These two simple herbs can be used to supplement your pregnant queen`s diet to help her have an easier delivery and produce more milk.
    April 2005

  • * Surrogate Mother Cat
    While a breeder can take on the task of hand-rearing some of the kittens, a surrogate mother, if available, is a better solution.
    May 2015



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