My Cat Had Kittens Can I Move Them ?

There isn’t an easy yes or no answer to the question: My cat had kittens, can I move them ? You’ll see that the answer varies depending on who you consult.

This is why Fluffy Kitty wanted to delve deep into the topic to find the best and most accurate information regarding whether you can (or should) move newborn kittens within the first few hours or days of your cat giving birth.

Otherwise, is moving kittens and momma cat really helping them? Let’s find out!

When to Intervene

Caring for kittens takes a lot of attentive patience.  While sweet momma cat will give her best effort to take care of her newborn litter, sometimes human intervention is beneficial and otherwise necessary.  For example, if a weak or sick kitten is not properly getting it’s nourishment or warmth from the mom, it will be at risk of death.

According to The Cat Doctor, kittens cannot defecate on their own for the first 2-3 weeks; the mother needs to lick their stomach and genitals in order to help them go potty.  This is an example to show how human intervention would be necessary. (Like taking kitten to the vet immediately).

Should You Move Newborn Kittens? Why or Why Not?

To explain in two words: it depends*. 

Before moving kittens, ask yourself these two very important questions

  • What is the behavior of the mom cat?
  • Is the birthing location safe, quiet, clean and accessible? 

*If the above birthing location conditions all check out and if the mother is calm and healthy – then the kittens do not need moving. You can begin handling them with momma’s supervision after 2 weeks.

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However, there are some situations in which your mommy cat and her newborn babies will need moving (read more below).

If you move the kittens prematurely, the mom could get anxious about her babies and will most likely try to move them back to the original location anyway or worse, abandon them.

Again, if the birthing location’s conditions are safe, quiet, clean, and the mom and babies look healthy, let nature do the rest – meaning trust in your sweet new mommy cat to do her job well (still check up on them frequently though just in case).

Let’s look at these two areas more in depth.

Momma Cat’s Behavior

One of the first things you should do (other than analyzing the conditions of birthing location) is to observe the mother’s behavior.

Ideally, your momma cat will already be comfortable with you and should trust your ability to care for her. If this is the case, then it’s most likely that the mother will not be anxious or worrisome if you approach her and her babies.

Personal Experience:

My family once took in a stray kitten that we named “Kitty”. She was very young (around 1 yr old?) when she got pregnant (I know, our fault for not taking her to get spayed sooner).  Needless to say, we noticed her belly getting rounder and rounder.  I put my ear up to her soft belly and I could hear her babies moving around.

The day came when she decided to give birth, but the way she acted right before was strange.  She meowed at us ceaselessly.  We got up and followed her to the bathroom where she would meow some more and stare at us.  We would leave, but again she would have us follow her to the bathroom.  Then it hit us!  She was wanting us to stay in the room with her while she gave birth.  We laid a towel down in the corner and sat around her; moments later she began to give birth.

It was so sweet how she wouldn’t have her kittens until we were there with her.  Her behavior was very welcoming and calm.  We did not handle her kittens right away, nor should we have in this situation as her location was secluded, comfortable, clean, with a fresh towel, we provided fresh water right next to her and even moved her litter box in there.

Once she was done giving birth, we caressed her some and closed the door half way and left the room.  We let her and her kittens have some family time.  We checked for any weak kittens needing attention; checking up on them every half hour or so.

What I want to convey from this personal experience is that, in our case, our momma cat’s location was safe, quiet, and clean so there was no need to move her and her kittens.

We provided fresh water, gave her food at normal times, and checked on them to see if the kittens were being properly fed and cared for.

Signs of Healthy Newborn Kittens

Kittens should be feeding from their momma at least once an hour. Over the next few days the kittens should be gaining weight at a normal pace.

my cat had kittens can i move them

If they are not, it is recommend to call a vet right away.  Possible signs of near death with young newborn kittens is if they are not moving much and are constantly crying as this could signal they are sick and/or are not receiving the care they need to survive.

Healthy kittens should have round bellies from being well-fed, they should sleep more than cry, and they should be kept warm.

Kittens Aged 8+ Weeks

Got kittens with razor sharp teeth on your hands? Find out whether or not you can give kittens adult cat food in our Q&A here.

Adopting 1 or 2 of the kittens from the newborn litter? Learn the 7 steps to take care of your new kitten here.

Signs of a Healthy Momma Cat

Taking care of the kittens may not be as important as taking care of the new mommy.  For example, trimming kittens nails will ensure that momma doesn’t get her mammary glands scratched, which could lead to infection and inflammation.  Checking the mother’s 8 mammary glands for pus, tenderness, size, etc. can help in determining if the mom is healthy enough to feed her babies.  If her glands are bloody, oozing pus, or otherwise not normal-like, you should take her to the vet right away.

Mom cats should be diligent in giving care to their newborns. This is why it’s important to monitor how the mother cat is doing.

The best you can do is be there, provide fresh food and water, litter box, and keep them comfortable. If any sign of illness occurs, call a vet.

After the mom cat has healed from her birth, it’s important to get her spayed to prevent future unwanted litters.

Learn about the importance of getting your cats spayed/neutered in our guide here.

Birthing Location’s Conditions

As mentioned above, the place where the mother cat gives birth to her kittens should be safe, quiet, clean, and accessible.  The only reasons for which you can move the kittens is if they (mom included) are not safe, in a quiet or clean location, or not easily accessible.

SAFE

It is very important to make sure that the location where mommy cat gives birth is safe.  So what does “safe conditions” entail?

A safe place is somewhere that is away from humans and other animals (even daddy cat), and hazardous areas (next to stairs, for example).  Basically no where in which the mom or the newborn kittens can get hurt or disturbed.

Examples of safe locations include (but are not limited to): a clean and spacious closet, a bathroom (not heavily used), a box with towel, a small secluded spare room, under a bed (this is debatable and depends entirely on the space and cleanliness under there) – {Any that I’m leaving off? Let us know below!}

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Examples of non-safe locations included: a high foot-traffic area in your home, a garage/crowded room with lots of places kittens could get lost or stuck, areas where kittens can roam and fall (next to stairs, on a bed, etc.), and any other areas that you deem not safe or quiet, unclean, and inaccessible.

QUIET

It’s also crucial for the new mommy and kittens to have a quiet place to have some family time.  Especially for the mommy, who may get anxious or upset if it’s too loud and may try to move her babies somewhere less noisy or disturbing.

CLEAN

Make sure the area is clean and not cluttered.  Kittens are very fragile for the first 3-5 weeks of life.  Keeping the area clean and safe for mom and kittens will ensure less potential hazards.  Provide them with fresh towels or blankets to keep them comfortable and warm.

ACCESSIBLE

If the mom gives birth to kittens in a place that you do not have access to (small spaces or such) then it may be best to try to move them.  For example, if momma cat gives birth to her kittens under the bed where you cannot checkup on them this way properly, it is best to try and move them to a more accessible location (like a closet).

Otherwise, if the location is easily accessible for you to checkup on them several times then the kittens do not necessarily need moving, unless the conditions are of course not safe, unclean, or not very quiet.

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My Cat Had Kittens Can I Move Them ? Final Thoughts

Though newborns are adorable and we all crave to hold them, resisting to touch them for the first 1-2 weeks is more beneficial.  If mom detects strange scents or is suspicious of someone handling her babies, she could react negatively and even abandon one of her newborns.

We hope you enjoy this incredible experience of a mother caring for her newborn babies! We hope everything will go well and that they all stay safe and healthy.  Please use this advice as need be, but be aware that this information should not replace the advice from your local vet!

We are happy to help in each way we can based from our own experiences, research, and knowledge of cats. Thanks for following and reading Fluffy Kitty!

 

Article updated: 12 May 2018

54 Comments

  1. Lentz said:

    my cat actually just hat her first litter recently (about 2 days ago), and while we’re super excited, she had it in a not so favorable spot and we need to get her out of there ASAP. would there be any tips from moving the cat from that spot within a short timespan of the birth?

    June 29, 2016
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    • Brittany, Paul, and Yoda =^^= said:

      Hi there! So much cuteness at once 🙂 Make sure to pick a new spot first (quiet, warm, enough space, closed…). Make a little nest for them in that spot so they feel as comfortable as possible (you can use a box and blankets). Provide the mom with food and fresh water and don’t forget her litter box. Try to attract the mother a step away from her kittens (you can use treats). She should not be too close but she needs to be around to see what you are doing. Gently proceed and carry them to the new spot with their mom. It’s important you give them some time to adjust. Let them be for a while and check on them from time to time. It’s important that you keep them in a room you can close otherwise mommy kitty might try to bring them where she first had them and in your case it might be dangerous! I hope this help! Please let us know how it went! Take care

      June 29, 2016
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    • Ghalla said:

      Hi my cat is going to have kittens in two weeks or so, my question is when and how can i change the pads
      Im going to keep some pads under her in her birth box , how can i change them and can i move the kittens to change the pads?

      August 11, 2018
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      • Hi Ghalla, sure thing! You can, of course, put pads underneath, or a clean towel. You can simply move the kittens gently aside onto another clean pad or towel and then slide it back in place in the box. Momma cat will keep her area and her babies pretty clean though, so you should have no problem there. If you notice it’s grimy after a few days then you can replace it again with a new towel. The babies will start moving around more after a few days. Best of luck!

        August 13, 2018
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  2. Val said:

    Mom 1 yr 5 babies 2 hours ago . Nosy, scared dad cat. Birthed under bed need to move. 2 at least are not detached cord. Want let her rest while they nurse. How long can I let her rest b4 getting them to an observable spot to string afterbirth off and cut cord, give her water, etc.

    February 26, 2017
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    • Bribri said:

      Hi Val thanks for letting us know your situation. Are you able to observe and reach them even though they are under the bed? If so, it is best to give the new mom a few hours to clean her babies. In the meantime let momma know your scent (give her treats, see if she lets you pet her). If she is not acting aggressively towards you or is defensive about your touching her babies, then try to gently move them somewhere else ( a big box with towel, a clean closet or an unused/not busy place where she can be with her babies in quiet. If you move them make sure that mommy can see and so she doesn’t get too worried.

      As for the dad cat, just be cautious. Though cat dads can show parental signs of affection (licking babies, etc.) sometimes it can get dangerous as the cat dad may/may not get jealous/aggressive. I would wait a few days or even a week or two before letting cat dad around the babies unobserved. If he is scared it is best to let momma do her job and have some rest without worrying about the dad nosying about.

      If the cords do not detach themselves, I read a veterinarian’s advice online saying to tie string around the cord (about one inch from the kittens belly) and then a small space away from that knot, tie another knot. Cut between the two knots, so that one string stays on momma’s side and the other string stays with the baby. The mom should pass the cord and clean up after that.

      So to sum up:
      – Try to prepare a place where you can observe them. In the meantime, see mom’s reaction when you go near her/her babies. If positive, you can try to gently move them to a more reachable spot.
      – For now, keep cat dad at his distance. Once you can observe them in a safe place, you can monitor and let cat dad around just to see momma/babies.
      – If the cords do not detach themselves, try the string method mentioned above and keep a close eye on them.

      We hope this information is helpful and do not hesitate to update us on how things are going!

      February 27, 2017
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  3. sarah Depalma said:

    My cat had her kittens 22 days ago there are under my sink and keep falling out I tried to move them but momma moved them back what should I do they starting to walk and eyes are open please help!

    March 6, 2017
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    • Bribri said:

      Hi Sarah, thanks for stopping by FK. Congrats on your new litter. Not to worry, it is normal that momma cat is moving her babies back. I would try to move them from under the sink (especially because it must be noisy with lots of foot traffic and use of the sink!) Where is the new place your trying to move them? Find a comfy, large box and put a towel (or use the same one so momma feels like it’s the same birthing spot) and keep it in a separate, quiet room. The key is to show mom when you move her babies. If you can, close the door and give momma some time to settle with her kittens in her new spot.
      You can also put the towel in a closet that is spacious, clean and is away from lots of foot traffic! Allow mum to adjust in her new space, it will be much easier for her to be somewhere level once her kittens start exploring and come back to nurse, play, etc. We hope this helps and good luck!

      March 7, 2017
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  4. Jane said:

    We had our first litter two days ago on my sons bed. We tried moveibg them to the floor but shebut them back on the bed. Need to move them when and how can I do it please

    March 8, 2017
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    • Bribri said:

      Jane, thanks for your message! Is there a place in your son’s room (clean closet, free corner, etc) where you can move them to? It seems like mom was comfortable enough to have her babies on your son’s bed so she would probably like to stay there. Free up the closet floor and place comfy blankets or towels (or even use the same dirty comforter she just had her babies on so the smell is still there – she’ll be less likely to move them again). Show mum the whole process so she can see everything your doing. If possible, encourage her to stay in the closet by shutting the door a little, to give her enough privacy and quiet time to adjust with her kittens. It is certain that the kittens should not stay on the bed because in a week or two once they start exploring more they could fall and it could be fatal. I would use the same sheets she gave birth on, and place them either in the closet in your sons room or in a private corner in a big comfy box so she feels protected. We wish you the best of luck and congrats on your new kitties!

      March 9, 2017
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  5. Sally said:

    Have a feral cat that when I opened the door came in . It was about to give birth. Went into basement bathroom and had behind a toilet. Very tight space. Poor mother is still wet. She is nursing . Would like to move her but she is growling when I get near. Litter box is near , but she has not used it. She is starting to smell . Help

    April 17, 2017
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    • Brittany said:

      Dear Sally,
      This is a tricky situation, since as you mentioned the mother is a stray and therefore you are a stranger to her. This makes it complicated when you just want to help out. If she is growling and acting aggressive, we recommend not agitating her further. Provide her with fresh water and food nearby (like you correctly did with the litter box), and a blanket or even a toy so that maybe she will be encouraged to move out from the tight space. Place something that smells of you, like an old shirt or something so that she can get used to your smell. With some luck, she may start to trust you. If you cannot get near her, at least let her see you, so that you can demonstrate you are not a threat to her or her babies. Just monitor the situation for a few days to make sure her and the kittens look healthy. If you suspect she or her babies are ill, then don’t hesitate to call your vet and ask for further advice. We wish you the best of luck!

      April 19, 2017
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  6. Briana said:

    Hello.
    My cat is an outside cat. She is only 10months and she just had her first litter of 4 yesterday. She had 2 outside and then 2 in my room. I have her in my room because she was trying to put the kittens in the bush, but she opens my door, grabs the kitten and takes the baby to the front door. I don’t want the babies outside because I am afraid she might put them back in the bush. What should I do? Please help! Thank you!

    April 21, 2017
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    • Brittany said:

      Hi Briana!
      We just noticed our reply(ies) to comments made on the 21st April does not appear on the site. We are sorry for the inconvenience! Here is what we wrote in response to your question: It makes sense that your cat wants to keep her litter outside, since she is more an outdoor cat than indoor. What we recommend is to show her every move you make when you want to relocate her babies. You could get a box and take it outside, and then gently show mom that you put her babies inside, let her go inside and get comfortable. You could even make the box more “outdoorsy” for her, which may help keep her babies inside. Hopefully by now, the babies are on the path to walking around and momma is less strict on where she wants to keep them. Do let us know if you have any more questions and sorry again for the delay, we hope this comment stays this time!! Best of luck!

      May 1, 2017
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  7. Isaac said:

    Ok, so my mother cat had birth in the bushes, as she is a outside cat, but heavy rains are coming and it might flood the area where she is. The kittens are less than a week old, but we need the get them out of there right away. Any suggestions?
    Also, please try to respond as fast as possible.

    May 29, 2017
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    • Brittany, Paul, and Yoda =^^= said:

      Hi Isaac! Thank you for contacting us! If their safety is at stake, we highly recommend to bring them inside to protect them. Get a box with a towel big enough so mother cat can be in there with them. If mom cat is really stressed by being inside, maybe you guys have a shed / barn / garage where she can get out easily. Also keep an eye on them as she might try to bring them back to the place where they used to be. If floods were coming we would definitely bring them inside and see how mom responds. Once they are about 8-10 weeks old, make sure to get them spayed/neutered. Good luck with everything and thank you again for visiting us! Let us know how it went for you 🙂

      May 29, 2017
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      • Maria Teixeira said:

        It was there a mistake on the dates you gave for spaying/neutering? Its suppose to be at 6 months according to the vet I use. 8-10weeks seems to early and unhuman to make such little things suffer.

        July 20, 2017
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        • Brittany said:

          Nope, no error! It is very common to spay and neuter at 8-10 weeks. Most shelters now only allow you to adopt the kitten once spayed/neutered, and this is around the 8+ week mark. Yoda was snipped at week 10, right when we adopted him 🙂 The procedure is minimal, especially since their small. They are well taken care of and most are drowsy for a day or two, but I wouldn’t say they suffer. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

          August 4, 2017
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  8. Kiri said:

    Hi i need some advice please. There is an outdoor cat that a week ago gave birth to 4 kittens in my back yard. The mom ive known for 2 years now, i,ve been feeding her from time to time so she trusts me enough to let me touch her though not to much. The problem is that the last 3 days we have a heat wave, its at least 35-40°C in the shade (feels even worse than that) and she gave birth in a small but tall bucket in which she can barely fit which i think makes the heat way worse because there isn’t much air circulation. The bucket is well shaded but its still too hot. Today i found 1 of the kittens dead 🙁 (i don’t know if it was because of the heat or something else). So i waited for her to finish feeding them and i moved the rest of the kittens into a more shallow and better ventilated box right next to the original bucket, in front of her while she was eating. When she finished though instead of going to her kittens she went back to the original bucket alone even though she could see and hear her kittens in the other box literally 50cm away!!!! For now ive left them to see what she does but if she doesn’t go to them i don’t know what to do!

    July 3, 2017
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    • Brittany said:

      Hi Kiri,
      Thanks for reaching out! We’re so sorry to hear about one of those precious kittens 🙁 Indeed, 35-40 degrees is quite hot and even in the shade it can just be too much for them. If momma is insisting on the bucket, could you try to find a big, spacious cardboard box and then lay the bucket down inside so mom can lay inside if she wants to, while the kittens are just next to her safely protected in the box? What has she done since? Once my cat had kittens and she ignored them for a few hours, I was kinda worried but she went back to them no problem (moms do need breaks every now and then, haha). If you can move them in the box to a cooler area definitely try to do so. Always provide fresh, clean water. We suppose you’re the main caretaker of the mom since 2 years? Would you consider “unofficially” adopting her as your own and then take her to see a vet and get spayed? The kittens, if you can’t keep them, could use loving homes so taking them to an adoption shelter once they are of age (8 weeks, for example) would be wonderful!
      Best of luck and keep us updated!

      July 3, 2017
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      • Kiri said:

        hi thanks for the quick reply. the good news is that the mom actually moved to the cooler box with her kittens by her self (i guess she just needed a break like you said) and the weather is finally getting a bit cooler. the bad news is that the kittens seem to be a bit sick because some of them have runny noses which i think is preventing them from finding moms nipples… I am actually not moms main caretaker, my neighborhood has always had many stray cats but they r usually well because everybody gives them food not just me. I have my own 1 year old cat with 4 2month old kittens. The stray mom knows me enough to let me get close to the kittens even touch them but she wont let me put her or them to a carrier to take them to the vet. If they manage to grow up they can have good lives even without going to a shelter. we actually only have 1 shelter here and i think its way full already. For now i will try to gently clean their noses in the hopes that the can nurse better.
        Thanks again for your help with the moving part but now i realize my problems seem to be moving outside the scope of this specific post. That said any more advice is always welcome

        July 4, 2017
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        • Brittany said:

          Glad to hear that the weather is starting to cool down and mum went back to her babies! Just out of curiosity, are there any local shelters or vets that ever run cheap campaigns to spay and neuter pets in the community? If so, it would help prevent additional strays and control the feral population! For the kittens, it’s common for them to have respiratory infections at a young age, that’s why it’s also important to have them vaccinated if possible. Just keep an eye on them and provide fresh water of course 🙂 They may also develop a cough, and so if they become worse make sure they are still able to get nourishment from mom and that mom also is healthy and doesn’t have an infection herself. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! Hopefully we were able to help just a little!

          July 4, 2017
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  9. Gina said:

    Hi. My baby just had her first litter a week ago. However she had them at my moms house as I was away for Work. Is there anyway I can move them back home? I would feel better knowing she’s home with them

    December 12, 2017
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    • Hi Gina, thanks for contacting us! You say her litter is at your mom’s house, but the momma cat is at your house? Or that both momma cat and her babies are at your mother’s house and you would like to move them all back into your home? In both cases, it’s of course very important to have both kittens and mom cared for in the same place. If they are your mother’s home, transport the kittens in a big, comfy box (place towels) with the mom. Does your momma cat like the car? Is it far? Just take into consideration these types of questions. But if the mommy cat is okay in the car and relaxed, she’ll most likely just rest in the box until you can get everyone safe and snug back at home! Once at home, find a quiet and clean place for mom+babies. Just keep an eye on them, because she might try to move them away, so it’s important to not leave any windows/doors open so she can’t take her babies outside.
      We hope we were able to answer your question! Please let us know if you have any updates or additional questions for us 🙂 Thanks and see you again soon!

      December 14, 2017
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  10. Amy Cohen said:

    My cat give birth yesterday to two kittens underneath the blanket as I lay sleeping. As we have 14 cats, which I have been keeping them out of the bedroom which is a hard task, I feel I need the to move the kittens to a better and safer spot. We did try moving them, but the mom picked them back up right back to under the blanket on the king size bed. For now I think we need to leave them, but we need to make sure the area is clean as I noticed the Pooh from the kittens. What is your best recommendations to handle this?

    December 20, 2017
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    • Hi Amy,
      Thanks for reaching out to us! We recommend to put an old, clean towel under the kittens (in the bed if you choose to keep them there). Since momma cat insists on having them in the bed, it would be best to keep them there at least for a couple days, then you can move them on the floor in the corner. In addition to the towel, we think it would be safer to set up a little “perimeter” around the towel so the kittens + momma are more secure and protected. This will be important when the kittens start wandering, we wouldn’t want one of them to go tumbling off the edge! Since your kittens are so young, momma cat aids them to go potty, but like you said it can leave little drops of pee or poop around ^^ Just swap out a clean towel every couple days to keep it fresh. Make sure mom has her bowl of fresh water, and that she can easily come visit her babies! If your other cats are snooping around, it would be better to move mom+babies in a large box to another room where you can close the door and let them be in peace. In the same room you can provide mom with her own litter box, food and water, and so she doesn’t need an open door for a couple days – this will keep her protected away from prowling cats who might get jealous. We hope you can find a solution and thanks again for reaching out. Best of luck 🙂

      December 20, 2017
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  11. Aliyyah said:

    Hi there! My cat had her first litter earlier today, she chose to give birth under an old play set that is now not in use. Unfortunately, the spot is located in our indoor garden that doesnt have a roof and right now is rainy season where I live and the ground is made of -sometimes sharp- medium sized rocks. Should I move them?

    February 17, 2018
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    • Hey there Aliyyah, thanks for your comment. This question is always a tricky one! If the momma/kittens are in a safe and quiet location, that’s okay. It would just be wise to put a protective cover (waterproof tarp, etc) over them if possible. It would be better though to try and get them inside a safe, dry box with a comfy towel, and space for the momma to have fresh water and food. Is her litter box inside the house? Does the mommy cat let you go near her/babies? If she trusts you, you could consider moving them all in a box just inside the house. Make them a little comfy corner in a room that is quiet and safe and where mom can’t bring them back outside. Hope this helps!

      February 19, 2018
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  12. Krystal said:

    My cat just started labor and has had three babies so far. I am not too sure on what all to do. She is messy from having them, will she clean herself up? I was wanting to move her to a new clean and quiet spot to rest with her babies, is this recommended or should I just let her and the babies lay on the same blanket she had them on?

    March 27, 2018
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    • Hey Krystal! If you can give her a new blanket that’ll be great. The mom will take care of cleaning herself and her babies, so no worries there! We hope the delivery went smooth and we would recommended to schedule her a vet appointment to get spayed, otherwise within just a few months she could get pregnant again. Thanks for dropping by and best of luck with your new litter!

      March 27, 2018
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  13. Kimberlee Berkun said:

    What temperature is best for new born kittens? Currently it’s 75 degrees and they look fine but is that too cold?
    Kimberlee

    April 4, 2018
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    • Hi Kimberlee! The mother cat will keep the kittens warm, it’s just if they stay too far away from their mum’s warmth that the room temperature becomes important. From what we know and have read, kittens will need an average temperature ranging from 80-95 degrees F for the first couple weeks of life. Your kittens will be fine in a 75° home as long as they are with their momma. A few years ago when my Kitty had kittens, we didn’t even think of room temperature and the kittens grew up to be healthy. Granted, my Kitty was a pretty good mom! She kept them close and fed them well.

      Adding the blankets will be a good idea and will keep them snuggly. Thanks for writing! If you have any urgent questions we can’t answer, please call your local vet – they can give you quick, expert advice via the phone.

      April 7, 2018
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  14. Kimberlee Berkun said:

    Also, she had her babies on cold floor but I laid down alot of blankets are the babies ok?

    April 4, 2018
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  15. Emily said:

    Our cat won’t let us move her 2 kittens off the kids’ top bunk bed. The kittens are just over 2 weeks old and are starting to walk around and we are worried they will fall off the bed, plus they are taking up too much room now for the girls to sleep comfortably. When we move the kittens off the bunk she won’t settle or let them settle or feed them. We closed the door to that room but she just keeps dragging them back and leaving them on the floor outside the room. We tried moving her to several different safe locations and eventually closed them all in a different bedroom but she sat by the door and meowed all night. Should we put food/water and a litter box in the room and make them stay in there?

    April 6, 2018
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    • Hey Emily!

      Thanks for writing, we hope the kittens are doing well. It’s better to move them off the bunk. Kitties that age get pretty curious and it’s not guaranteed they won’t wander off an edge during the night or day when no one’s around.
      Momma kitties can be pretty stubborn, but moving them can stress the mom out if she’s really not willing to move her kittens. Like you say, perhaps moving them to a safe, clean location in the corner of that same room will suffice (or in a spacious closet where you can keep the door open?) Yes for food+water+litter box nearby. We hope this helps! Good luck with the new babies and thanks for stopping by 🙂

      April 7, 2018
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  16. Krystal said:

    My cat just had a ver first litter. Were so estatic and overjoyed but I’m concerned. She picked a spot that she never goes too an its kinda tight spot between 2 center blocks about a foot space..she’s a big cat so its not much wiggle room. I’m scared she might push the kittens into the center block’s an hurt them. I’m considering moving them what so you think?

    April 8, 2018
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    • Hey Krystal, it’s a little difficult to imagine the situation but it does sound like momma could do with a bigger space! Maybe she will find comfort in a similar “enclosed” space like inside an open-topped box but that’s still roomy, clean, and where you can put in a blanket or clean towel. Is it outside? Inside? If you feel like the environment/setting does not satisfy all the things we mentioned in this article, then maybe moving them is a good idea (if it’s dangerous, noisy, unclean, not spacious or protected, etc). Thanks for your comment and best of luck to you!

      April 9, 2018
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  17. Rachel Barnhouse said:

    Hello, wonderful site! My girl just had her babies last night in my daughter’s drawers (my kids don’t know how to close anything lol), but it seems small for her. Are they more comfortable in a tighter spot? She means the world to me and I’m so proud of how well she’s caring for the babies…I just don’t know how much I should be involved. She seems just barely able to fit with them now, but as they get bigger it feels like it would be too small. I don’t want to stress her out by moving unless vital.

    Thank you so much!!

    April 9, 2018
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    • Hi Rachel!! Thanks so much for your comment and question. It seems like from what you say, the momma + kitties would be better with a little extra space! If she welcomes you warmly to come visit her and her babies, most likely you won’t stress her with your presence. Moving them to the floor just nearby the dresser could provide her with some more space while keeping the “nest” still close by (lol). But if the mom is fine with hopping in and out (unless its a high drawer) then it should be okay. It can be hard to tell without being there! We’re confident in your judgement on this matter 🙂 As long as she’s got a safe, clean place that’s she is comfortable in, it’s all good. Just monitor the situation/what she does (if she can easily go out to drink/eat and use the litter box, etc) for the next few days. Best of luck!!

      April 12, 2018
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  18. Ellen said:

    Our outdoor cat just had a litter of kittens in a box lined with blankets in the unheated garage. Temperature is supposed to be in the 20s (F) tonight. Should we bring them inside?

    April 16, 2018
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    • Hey Ellen, so sorry for our delay while we move. Whatever you chose to do, I’m sure it was fine! Usually kittens do need warm temperatures but their mom will do the job if it’s cold. How are they doing now? Thanks for dropping by!

      April 24, 2018
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  19. Madelyn Aleman said:

    Our cat sprinkles just had 5 kittens. They are her first litter and all of them seem to be healthy but since she’s an outdoor cat, she had them outside. It seemed to be a good spot, (in bushes next to house) but friends and the internet suggested to bring them inside. We don’t really want a cat running around inside so we put them in the laundry room bathroom with the door to the laundry room open. At first she was fine with it but now she seems really nervous and meows a lot in there… I want her to be comfortable but I want her kittens to be safe. Should I put them back where she had them or just see if she acclimates.

    April 20, 2018
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    • Wow, 5 kittens! We hope all is going well with them?? We understand why you’d want to bring them inside, personally we would too! How is she doing with the kittens being in the laundry room now? Momma cats can be a bit stubborn with where they decide to have their babies (in some really uncomfy places). Use your best judgement on this one – but we always think having them inside where momma cat can be monitored and clean, safe, etc., is the best idea.

      April 24, 2018
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  20. Nick said:

    Hello my sweet cat just had 7 baby’s (2 days ago) and I keep checking up on them also I bring her food and everything but I noticed that one of the kitties keeps how would be the best way to say this… Backpaddle away from everyone else I was really worried so I moved ( the kitten) back to the rest of them.The mommy cat did not seem to mind because she lets me get close and pet her and she purrs when i give her a nice neck scratch. Also she did lick the kitty with everyone else.So my main worry is what should I do.Ty for your help ahead of time

    April 21, 2018
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    • Hey Nick! No need to worry. Keep an eye on the little one, or the “runt of the litter.” It’s common to have one kitty that’s smaller and gets pushed out when it comes to feeding time. It seems like your momma cat is doing a great job! Just make sure s/he (the little one) doesn’t wander off and get cold or hungry so making sure momma cat is looking after him too is great! Good luck with your 7 babies, how exciting and we hope you can find them all really great homes! Thanks for your comment and best of luck.

      April 24, 2018
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  21. KAR said:

    When i was at the store my kids found 7 baby kitties in a box cart truck in our back yard .My kids- not knowing any better picked up all the kitties and brought them into our house. The kitties im guessing are about 4 weeks old maybe alittle younger. So my problem is the box cart truck is super un-safe for the kitties so i put them in a big box with dry food and water and I put them into our barn about 20 feet away from the box cart . Im super worried that the mother will abandon them or not be able to find them . The barn door has 2 door that are open so she can come in and out .Do you think she will find them ? Should I just bring them in and take care of them ?

    April 29, 2018
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    • Hi there! Have you seen the mom wandering around? She might hear her babies and come searching, if so, she’ll most likely find them in the barn (but so could something else at night?) How’s the situation today? If the mom is back, is she friendly when you come around? You could consider moving the box closer to home outside your door if you want to keep a closer eye on them (and still want to keep them outside). And we might be biased here cause we loves cats, but we would see how momma feels about us and then consider taking them in and caring for her and her kittens. Once they are of age (around 8-10 weeks), you could consider finding them homes, taking them to the shelter so they can be adopted out/fixed, etc.
      We hope this helps! Best of luck 🙂

      May 1, 2018
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  22. Jackie Manson said:

    A feral cat had 2 kittens in our back yard last summer and we saw them when they were about 8 weeks old and started trying to tame them. They play with us and eat here but we can’t pet them. The female had 3 kittens in our bureau drawer 2 weeks ago. I put a crate in my spare room with my robe in it and she did move them into it so they have more room now. She doesn’t want us in her room now and we want to start handling her kittens so we can take them to the vet and find them homes. She hisses if we go in her room. What’s the next step and how long can we wait to handle them safely. I don’t want her moving them or abandoning them. She’s a wonderful mother so far and they look great.

    April 30, 2018
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    • Hi Jackie, thanks for your message! So this is a tricky one, because the mom can become aggressive and stressed if she doesn’t accept you around her babies. The best way is to gently show her that you guys are okay and won’t hurt her babies – with treats, providing food & water, just being around (though not too close), etc., so she gets used to your presence and accepts you. She might ease up in a couple weeks when they are bigger and are roaming around. Does she use the litter box in the room? At the 8 week mark, then you guys should consider taking them to the vet/Shelter to have them adopted out/fixed. It would also be a good idea to get the mom fixed, too, either through a TNR (trap-neuter-release) program or just paying it forward to get her fixed. Otherwise she can get pregnant again in a couple months. Happy to hear they are healthy little babes though! Thanks for taking care of them and best of luck. 🙂

      May 1, 2018
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  23. Jade said:

    About 2 weeks and a half ago I heard a cat meowing very loud and I assumed it was a cat giving birth but I looked outside and didn’t find it and I didn’t know where it was coming from. The next couple of days I went down to my basement and I found the cat peeking out of a box with six tiny kittens. It’s getting really hot outside and the basement is hot too and i don’t know if or how I should move the kittens and I need some advice 🙂 .

    May 4, 2018
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    • Hey Jade! How hot are we talking? A warm environment is usually great for kittens, somewhere around 80-90 degrees even for the first 1-3 weeks. Lower room temperatures are okay once they are a little older. Does the momma cat have water, food, and somewhere to use the litter box? Just wondering if they got in there from outside or if the kitty is yours! If you menitoned this was already 3 weeks ago, I bet the kitties are doing well. 🙂 Will you plan to adopt them/take them to the shelter? Thanks so much for your question, we hope you can find the solution that works for both you and the kitties!

      May 6, 2018
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      • Jade said:

        Thank you so much for replying! Yes it is about 80 degrees and she is a stray cat that came from outside. I would like to take them to the shelter and maybe keep one kitten in the future. I bought plenty of cat food for the mother and I give her water and milk and the kittens look very healthy. Though I am confused on how I would take these kittens to the shelter and if I should wait for them to get older.

        May 7, 2018
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        • Thanks for your reply, too! Water is the best you can give the mom, as milk can create some tummy problems (most adult cats are lactose intolerant). Secondly, that’s great you’ll be taking them to the shelter. You can take them once they are weaned off their mother, at about 8 weeks old. If you have a cat carrier you can use that, or if you’re really strapped for resources, you can get a box and put a blanket inside (a box with high sides to make sure the kittens can’t climb out). Feel free to follow up with us if you have additional questions!

          May 7, 2018
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          • Jade said:

            I will be doing that then. Thanks for the advice!

            May 8, 2018

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