Most of the time a pregnant cat will be able to deliver and take care its kittens at home without needing much or any human action. But nature isn’t always perfect. After the litter is born you’ll want to keep some distance so as not to upset the female who may be overly protective of her babies but you also want to make sure the animals are doing good enough. A mother cat who isn’t feeding her kittens is a clear sign of trouble.
What to do if a mother cat isn’t nursing? The answer is you need to get the mother cat and kittens to the vet for a checkup, without suspension. It could be that the mother has mastitis or some other condition that makes nursing painful. If that is the case, the kittens will need to be hand-fed until the mother cat is recovered. Only a trained veterinarian will be able to tell why a queen has stopped nursing.
Bottle feeding kittens sound adorable but it’s also round the clock work. If you’re up to the task, you’ll need to get some small nursing bottles and a supply of kitten milk. In an emergency, you can create a reasonable substitute for the mother cat’s milk, with this recipe for “Kitten Glop.” Your vet will be able to tell you how much and how often you should be feeding your litter.
Sometimes, it’s not common at times Queens will reject certain kittens or even a whole litter. This can often be a sign of ill health in the kittens or litter. Kittens that have been rejected can survive with human intervention. If the mother cat has completely rejected the kittens, they will need to be kept warm.
Care for special needs kittens may be more work than you feel you can’t handle. If so you’ll need to find a local rescue group that might be willing to foster the kittens. Your veterinarian or local animal shelter should be able to help you locate such a group.