One of the most heartwarming things to see is a mother cat caressing and feeding her little ones. Even in shelters, abandoned kittens are sometimes put with a nursing mom who will accept and nurture the motherless babies as her own.
So what would make a mother cat reject or abandon her kittens? It’s heartbreaking to think about a mama cat not accepting her babies, and you may be wondering why it even happens at all. The reasons are many, and it’s helpful to understand them.
Here are a few of the reasons a mother cat might reject or abandon her kittens before they’ve grown.
Motherhood can be a challenge for any species. Give these cat moms compassion, consideration, and help if they need it, just as you would for any struggling mother.
Call your local shelter, rescue group, or veterinarian for help, and remember: even though kittens are adorable, over 4 million animals are euthanized annually in the U.S. due to overpopulation. Please spay or neuter your pets.
Have you ever seen a mama cat reject her young? What did you do to help? Let us know in the comments below!
The team at Dogtime has been keeping tails wagging since 2008. Dogtime’s mission is to keep pets out of shelters and get them adopted to good homes by providing novice and experienced owners alike with the important information needed to make them, and their pets, very happy and healthy.