Cats are one of the earliest domesticated wild animals to be human companions in everyday life. However, such domestication does not mean that they forget their ancient instincts. There are many behaviors that we can mention. Those are the cat’s instinct is to hide or bury food, dive, hunt for food and feed kittens, declare territory with urine as well as animals. males, mate at certain times. But it would be flawed if we don’t mention cats move kittens right after birth.
It’s correct! You are not mistaken. It was not a mysterious ritual. They simply move the position of the kittens. And if you pay a little more attention, you will discover many interesting things. What are you waiting for without discovering more about “one of the strangest mothers on the planet”?
Why Do Cats Move Their Kittens?
There are many reasons to explain this. But in the end, this is both a natural instinctive act and a beautiful crystal that reflects the quality of a mother in kittens.
Cats are domesticated to live with humans. The actions of closing, cuddling or caressing occur frequently inadvertently causing people to mistake all their behaviors to abide by human habits. But not. Just like when a baby has just given birth, the mother cat will know herself to break its amniotic sac with their teeth to prevent the kitten from suffocating and dying. The act of moving the kittens around by the mother cats comes from having to ensure the safety of the next generation against natural predators or adverse weather conditions.
When born, both kittens’ eyes and ears are sticky and their limbs are not strong enough to walk on their own. Unable to defend themselves, they have no way but to rely on their mother’s protection to avoid being targeted by predators. The mother helps ensure the safety for the kitten, nursing them to be strong enough to face life. This is the instinct to help cats maintain their race and ensure their children survive for many years.
Not only that but…
If you dive deeper into this, the answer to the question “Why do cats move their kittens from one place to another?” also comes from the cat’s anxiety about the influence of surrounding factors. Any animal, when born, needs a quiet space to not only nourish itself but also to ensure its normal development.
Have you ever wondered why you have prepared a “super nice, super soft, super cozy” nest but your cat still disappears with the cubs after only a few hours? As noted above, this is perfectly normal. This phenomenon will occur sooner or later in the first 1-2 weeks. For mother cats, a safe location for kittens must achieve a lot of factors. Does a room have too much reciprocating motion or too much eye contact? Not achieved. A garage corner with the light too bright? Fail. And if you have other animals like a cat, for example, don’t expect the mother to stay in the same position.
The mother cat sometimes dislikes the flatbed that you have prepared in advance because the height (although not significant) can also cause serious injuries to the cubs. And if you try to interact to fulfill the role of a fosterer, that will only make them more stressful.
Where can you find your beloved cat with newborn cubs?
Many locations can be used as new nesting locations and here is the list I have listed:
- Behind the refrigerator
- Inside the closet
- Under the washing machine
- In a dirty clothes container
- Inside the microwave
- In unused empty boxes
- In the dark places
- Car roar
So what can you do in a situation?
The answer is probably beyond your expectation: Do nothing and do not try anything!
Although many cases have been recorded with a catastrophic outcome, a kitten is lost or cold, starving and dying. But sometimes you just let things go naturally. With my own experience, the impact you create should only stop at the level of motivation and create more favorable conditions for the development of kittens.
Provide quiet accommodation
First of all, a quiet corner will probably be a great choice for small families that appear. That quiet corner should minimize interaction with the outside environment and the people who care for it. Specifically, you should limit the exposure of young children to kittens because they are not adequately educated about carrying a kitten. All parts of these babies are very weak and fragile. Time until the kitten can open its eyes (7-9 days) will be sufficient to ensure the safety of both sides.
Warmth is key
You also need to keep the kittens warm by making sure their ambient temperature stays around 26-28 degrees Celsius. Because cats have a low body temperature. If the weather is getting cold, the temperature is falling, a heater or a heater will be perfect. However, you should also note that these devices are not near the new location of cats.
You also need to isolate the kittens from the mother cats with other pets such as dogs or the male cats that may be the father of the kittens. Because male cats have the instinct of a “lord of the jungle”, they often find their kittens to devour other males.
As for food and water, you should still feed your cat where she is stillborn. If he is scared, leave the food and drinks ready. And he will come home to eat when he is hungry or around empty.
Observe around you
And finally, when new members appear, you need to be extremely careful in your daily activities. First of all, the most important thing to remember when the mother cat has hidden the kitten is that the kitten may be hiding anywhere as long as the place is private and quiet. nd because the mother cat can also hide the kitten in many places, so just inadvertently you are completely at risk of hurting kittens.
Be careful when turning on the microwave, when pouring clothes in the washing machine. Pay attention when entering or placing heavy items in the corners, corners of the house or when moving heavy objects is an imperative center.
You should look around the house. r you can watch from afar to see if your cat is likely to be out of sight (but you still have to look around the house to make sure she is not negligent). If the kitten is being placed in dangerous places like washing machines, car chassis, balcony corners, you need to be more cautious. ake a fully equipped cage first, put it in a private place few people over back, and cover the pen area so that the cat can take care of the baby.
You see, love is also essential when caring for a mother to give birth. However, this needs to be combined with understanding so as not to cause unfortunate consequences. The mother cat moves or hides newborn babies for their safety and development. Please borrow a quote from a famous American TV show to end this article: “Mother Knows Best.”