The Nursing Mother Cat

Articles dealing with issues about the mother cat with nursing kittens

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  • * 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.
    May 2019

  • * How To Prevent Kittens From Nursing On Their Mother
    Sometimes nursing kittens must not drink their mother's milk. She may be sick, have mastitis or must be put on a medication that is harmful to her kittens. Other than completely separating the queen from her newborns, how can you stop her kittens from nursing? This article answers all your questions.
    August 2017

  • * Kittenless Cat Allows Nursing & Produces Milk
    Even though she has not given birth to the kittens, occasionally a cat will develop milk production if kittens stimulate her teats by nursing.
    November 2017

  • * 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...
    August 2019

  • * 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...
    August 2019

  • * Nursing Mother Cat In Heat
    Occasionally a mother cat will come into season while she is still caring for a litter of kittens -- and this can affect her milk to the detriment of her nursing babies.
    December 2018

  • * 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.
    June 2020

  • * 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.
    July 2020

  • * Treating A Rodent Ulcer In A Nursing Queen
    Jasmine Alexander of Snobelle Chinchilla Persians shares her story of treating a rodent ulcer on the lip of a cat that was still nursing a litter of kittens.
    July 2020



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