OK, this may be long but I've never seen this behavior before and I really want you to understand exactly what has been going on.
So, this cat was a feral mom who had two 3-4 month old kittens. They were going to be killed so we trapped them and put them in my office at my house. But, when they lived outside, we noticed just how clingy SHE was with her kittens. She would be literally behind them everywhere, even when they would play. It's like she was a first time mom or something and she was too anxious to be away from them. This went on even while they were living in my office to the point that she would breast feed them still! At 4 months old! And mind you we gave them soft and dry food everyday.
Not long after they came in she gave birth to 5 kittens. We had to take away the 2 older kittens (one loved people so we took him to the Humane Society to hopefully be adopted out but the other older kitty still lives here, now in my room)
OK, so momma cat has been living in my office with the new kittens for almost 3 months now and she is still all over these like she was with the other two. They get more than enough food but she STILL breast feeds them from time to time. She calls them if they are too far....and my office isn't that big plus we even took out all the furniture so they would have more room. If one of the kittens runs too fast away from us when we come in the room she will hiss at us and she never used to do this. I think they are too big for her to be acting that way and that she is way to attached and we are seriously worried that when we take away the kittens sometime this month that she will go crazy or something. I'm not afraid that she'll bite or scratch us. What we are worried about is her state of mind. We are going to keep her (living in my office since I have cats and dogs) but what if she gets so depress she doesn't eat? Or so anxious she goes crazy?
We are at our wits ends because we have NO idea how to do this. We did keep one of her older kittens (a female) that is too afraid of people and we hoped to at least bring her back into my office to live with her mom once the younger kittens were not here. We hoped that maybe the mom wouldn't be stressed or be lonely once she was back with at least one of her older kittens because there is nowhere else for her to live except in my office as we have no other room available. We don't care if they have to live there for the rest of their lives since we are willing to take care of them so they won't be killed.
If anyone can help us I would be more than thankful because we are so depressed over this and time is running out.