Yes, some mother cats, also known as queens, will eat one or more of their kittens. There are a number of reasons why the queen might choose to do this, and this behavior is not necessarily a reflection of her inexperience as a mother.
Signs that a cat is giving birth include restlessness, increased vocalization and vomiting. A cat actively looks for a quiet, private place to have her kittens, often choosing a closet or a pile of clothing as her nest.
Domestic and feral cats that are not spayed or neutered can start mating and reproducing when they are between four and five months old. A female house cat can go into heat at four months.
The average length of time between a cat's last estrus, or heat, cycle and the birth of her kittens is between 60 and 65 days. It could, however, be as short as 58 days or as long as 71 days.
The number of kittens born per litter depends on the age of the cat and her past breeding experiences. Approximately one to eight kittens are born in each litter, but most cats give birth to four to six kittens at a time.
Many local animal shelters and humane society organizations offer free cats and kittens for adoption. The Wisconsin Humane Society, for example, conducts periodic fee-waived adoption events during select days or months in a year. Some private, nonprofit organizations also organize free adoption even
Mother cats will move their litter of kittens to escape predators or find a place they consider more suitable for raising them. Cats are very aware that their kittens rely completely on the protection and teaching of their mother, and for this reason cats spend a lot of time deciding where to give b
The best way to find free cats and kittens locally is to visit your local animal shelter or contact cat rescue groups in your area. Many of these organizations offer fee-waived adoptions for adult cats or during certain times of the year when shelters get particularly crowded.
Separating a kitten from its mother can be a slow process. It varies from kitten to kitten, so knowing when to separate them often comes down to the individual kitten's behavior and age.
Interesting facts about cats and kitten include that cats sleep between 16 and 18 hours a day, they cannot see in complete darkness and use whiskers in dark conditions. A group of kittens is called a kindle, while a group of cats is called a clowder.