Mother cat chasing and biting her kittens
Our young (ginger!) female cat, Oscarina, has recently started being very aggressive towards her three kittens. They are six weeks old and very playful, and when they run around like the little loonies they are, their mum gets very agitated and eventually chases one down and bites it on the neck and belly, often hard enough to make the kitten yowl in pain. I haven't noticed her break any of the kittens' skin yet, but it seems a possibility.
Does this seem normal to those of you used to mother cats and her interactions with her kittens? I'm concerned about the way she tracks them, very wide-eyed, and acts very impulsively, as if she cannot help but attack them. It doesn't feel like she is merely telling them off, or that she is only playing, and I'm worried I will have to separate them.
Thoughts and experiences?
Many thanks in advance,
- Oscarina's Owner