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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-04-2011, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Surrogate momma cat won't let kittens nurse - HELP

I am fostering four 3-week old kittens. A local rescue group is letting me borrow a momma cat that just finished nursing her own litter. The momma cat wants nothing to do with the new litter. I have her in the same type of set-up as she had with her own litter, but she hisses, spits and even bats at the poor kittens. Does anyone have any ideas of how I can get her to warm up to the kittens? The kittens are not eating on their own, and won't take a bottle, so I am feeding them with a syringe 4-5x /day. Very stressful.... I'm sure their survival rate would greatly increase if I can just get Momma to let them nurse! Please help!!
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I would contact a Vet or a Pet Behavioral specialist
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Im feeding kimik my cats kitten with an eye dropper right now , it is definetly stressful feeding a baby kitten, im not sure if ur momma cat will ever feed them as they are not hers and they dont smell like her, she may also not have enough milk left. but try contacting a vet hopefully they can help good luck with the kittens

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I am fostering four 3-week old kittens. A local rescue group is letting me borrow a momma cat that just finished nursing her own litter. The momma cat wants nothing to do with the new litter. I have her in the same type of set-up as she had with her own litter, but she hisses, spits and even bats at the poor kittens. Does anyone have any ideas of how I can get her to warm up to the kittens? The kittens are not eating on their own, and won't take a bottle, so I am feeding them with a syringe 4-5x /day. Very stressful.... I'm sure their survival rate would greatly increase if I can just get Momma to let them nurse! Please help!!
I understand what the rescue group is trying to do here, but this cat knows her kittens have been weaned, and she's done with nursing. She is probably going into heat and wants nothing to do with nursing any strange kittens.

Some cats are natural nurtures but obviously this mama isn't one of those.

My advice is to let her be spayed and hand raise the kittens and pray they make it with your tender loving care. YOu don't want her killing the kittens, so it might be time to just give her a break.

Welcome to Paw Talk and please do keep us posted on both the mother and the babies.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-05-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much for everyone's responses -- after much coaxing and a tremendous amount of attention and loving, "Mimi" is allowing me to latch on the kittens while I scratch and pet her. She is tolerant of their presence and no longer hisses, but will not nurse without my assistance, which I am perfectly fine with ... sort of an arrangement we worked out. :-)
I continue to supplement the kittens' food with syringes of A/D -- they are finally gaining weight, instead of losing.
Thanks again for your help.
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