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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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questions about my cats..

I just have a question I hope that someone can help me..I have two cats that are sisters they were born in the same litter. Ok so about 2 months ago they both came into their first heat. They both got pregnant about the same time by the same "Tom". They just had their kittens on the 10th and the 13th. Ok my question is that on the 13th my second cat had her babies the one that had the kittens on the 10th stole one of her babies. Since I had taken pics I was able to figure out which one it was. But just today the other one stole one of the other ones kittens. Is this Normal???? Please let me know thank you for any feedback.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 11:04 PM
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Moved to Cat Chat...you'll probably get more replies that way.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-22-2009, 12:28 AM
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I suppose it would be normal. It seems the 1st cat is showing a strong maternal instinct.
Out on our farm when I was a kid, the female cats usually kittened together in the same large box and both cats worked together raising both litters. The kittens would nurse from whichever mother was there and each mother would care equally for the kittens.
We eventually wound up with 30 cats and my folks did an aggressive spay/neuter to prevent more kittens.
As long as cat #1 can physically care for all of the kittens she 'claims' as hers, I wouldn't worry about it, though I personally think it would be best if both cats could raise them together in the same nest OR you would need to seperate them so they only had access to their own litters. This helps each cat to optimally care for their litters, instead of being unbalanced with their resources, like one cat having 8 kittens to nurse and care for while the other cat only has 3 to nurse and care for. The cat with the largest litter is going to have a more difficult time providing milk for such a large number compared to the cat with the smaller litter.



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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-22-2009, 07:48 AM
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i agree with the above. Its really not uncommon in feral populations for queens to 'baby sit' while the other goes for food. Just keep an eye on each ones health.

And just to add the pretentious rant.... GET THEM SPAYED!!! too many cats in shelters and kitten of yours that gets give away is one more left to die in a shelter....
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