(Closed) … Cat Advice Needed… Update to Prev. Post

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Rough situation. I don’t know what I’d do.

If it helps, I know that a minimum of 12 weeks is ideal for kittens to leave their mum, to learn enough about how to be a cat, but 8 weeks is not as bad if they’re with another friendly adult cat to teach them, they should be fully weaned by then and just need a grown up cat around so that they’re properly socialized, will remember how to use the litter box properly (i.e. how to bury their “stuff”) and things like that.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t really have any advice, I’m sorry 🙁 that’s a hard decision to make. Keep us updated

But can you repost this under pets? You might get some more responses..

 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Rachel631:  I flagged the post for you so hopefully a moderator will move it.

As for your situation, I don’t really have a lot of advice. I’m guessing that SE Asia doesn’t have a lot (or any) animal shelters. Are there any farms near by that might want a cat to keep mice/rats in check? That might be a goo spot for mom & kitten to go where they will be cared for but will also have a “job” so to speak.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Sometimes it can take a long time for cats to become acclimated with one another. When my friend got her second cat it took about two months for them to become comfortable with each other. They attacked each other all the time and then one day they were just fine. Our cats took about a week and then they were fine. When we first got the second one they did NOTHING but attack each other. A week later they were cuddling with each other.

A coworker of mine has had three cats for years and one of her cats still has to be away from the other two or it will attack. Cats are very VERY fickle animals and you just never know how they will react.

I would give it a little more time.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Are you sure that the bigger cat and her kittens are actually domesticated house cats? You said previously that the she is much bigger and more aggressive; perhaps it isn’t right to be taking a kitten from a mostly wild animal and expecting it to be a house cat…

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Even cats that get along will fight in a carrier because their space is being invaded, I would see if you can get a 2nd carrier for the kittens if possible, if not can you manage a harness for you older cat to travel in since Ginger would most likely be calmer and then just have the kittens in the carrier?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Rachel631:  That’s so sad…. 🙁 A box might work, you might want to put the plastic try in the bottom with newspaper or something because they will need to pee and it would soak through cardboard, and make holes in the box like the ones they give you at a pet store to take animals home in. Maybe have them in the carrier and bring the box as a backup if they’re really hurting each other, over a 9 hour period I’m concerned they’d tear through the box. :S Good luck!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

You can probably safely remove the kittens from mom after they’re eight weeks old, especially if there are other adult cats around that they can learn from.

What I am more concerned about is taking in mom for a few weeks and then releasing her.  Seems kind of cruel to me.  It probably would have been better to just leave her and the kittens to fend for themselves or removed the kittens from her and just taken them in.  However, that ship has sailed.  

I wish there was some way you could find mama cat a home…especially if she could be fixed first.  If you just release her, she’ll just continue to get pregnant, have kittens, who will grow up to make more kittens.  

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