Some middle-aged and old-age cats will swallow their own kittens when they are pregnant and giving birth. This phenomenon is called paedophilia in pet medicine. So what are the possible causes of the mother cat eating her own kittens? As a parent, how to help the mother cat take care of the kitten?
First, the reason why female cats eat their own offspring
1. Improper feeding and management during pregnancy induced vibration, lack of protein or some minerals in feed, insufficient drinking water before and after delivery, and high ambient temperature lead to female cats thirsty.
2. The nerve type of female cat. Some cats are too neurotic and overindulge in their pups. They want their offspring too much, causing their skin to crack and even their internal organs to come out. Finally, they are swallowed by the female cats.
3. It may be a manifestation of the carnivorous nature of the wild. Cats may be carnivorous in the wild, and there may be stillbirth in the young cats. After the female cats devour the dead kittens, they gradually form a strange habit of swallowing their offspring.
According to the above reasons, in order to prevent the female cat’s fetishism, first of all, we should strengthen the feeding management. Before and after delivery, we should have enough protein, vitamins and minerals in the feed, feed some foods rich in animal protein, such as fish, beef, pork, etc., and at the same time, we should also feed sufficient and clean drinking water. Female cats should be given careful care when giving birth, pay attention to the quiet environment, to avoid fear of female cats, and a small number of female cats with neuroticism and Cubism should be eliminated.
How to take care of kittens
Conscientious cat mother instinctively keeps the cat nest and kitten clean. She often licks the cat’s stomach and buttocks to stimulate the kitten to defecate.
If a litter has more than one kitten, and the mother cat is not well cared for, the main feeding guarantee is that each cat can drink milk smoothly.
The weaning process should not be very difficult. When the kitten began to eat more and more cat food, and the mother cat was not very patient to nurse, the kitten slowly stopped feeding. Some kittens are still suckling after two months, so we can speed up the weaning process by separating the mother cat from them for a while while feeding them cat food.
Try not to disturb the newborn kittens. In the first week, try to let the cat mother do everything, but you can talk to them. In the second week, you can touch or take the kittens briefly and gently. Try to wait until they are a few weeks old and can walk freely to touch and touch the kittens more. If people interfere too much, many cat mothers will be very upset. There is a theory that excessive human intervention will interfere with kittens’ identification and relationship with their mother and siblings in the same nest. These identities and relationships are necessary for kittens to realize that they are a cat. Without these early cat social interactions, kittens may grow up aggressive, excessively timid, or have behavioral problems such as eating disorders. But when the kitten can walk, let the kitten communicate with people and contact with new safe environment, which can make the kitten grow into a happy, easy to adapt to the environment, and like the company of people.
The best time for a kitten to leave her mother is 8 weeks or even 10 weeks later, which gives her time to teach her what she should do, such as using the litter basin correctly and cleaning herself; and it also gives the kitten the opportunity to learn the skills of getting along with other people (CATS) with brothers and sisters, such as learning not to use claws and teeth indiscriminately, and to know the weight.
If a kitten is found to have been bitten to death, it is necessary to deal with the aftermath of the kitten as soon as possible, and then the female cat shall be severely trained and raised. For the female cats who can’t take care of the kittens and have insufficient breast milk, feeding mainly replaces the female cats to complete the feeding and maintenance of the kittens.