If a kitten dies in the nest, she will eat it to prevent the decaying body from attracting predators or spreading disease among the remaining kittens. Do not move the isolated kittens back to momma cat, as this might cause her to reject all kitties. My cat gave birth to four kittens day before yesterday, but I didn’t see her give birth. She may also eat these weaker kittens in an attempt to get some of her strength back after having given birth. First time moms can also be confused about the proper way to carry a kitten and transport it. When a queen gives birth to a litter – it is completely natural for the mother to chew the umbilical cord of each kitten. First time momma cats can be a little skittish about their babies. You can also check your cat’s gums for discoloration or drooling, which are common reactions to a toxic substance. At feeding time, all eight kittens went to four of her teats which produced milk. Look for kittens who have been physically removed from the nest or separated from momma cat. It's a catch 22 situation. When she gets up, it’s not long before she lies down again. Equally important is that you and your family members resist the urge to spend a lot of time watching the kittens or handling the kittens, especially when they are first born. Once the tail is up, you should have full view of the cat's genitals and anus. She did well at first, but her milk came in slowly. My younger female (18 months) had a first litter of eight kittens. This is common behaviour and helps the blood to clot in each umbilical cord. It's up to you to keep them warm and feed them kitten … She is up and walking around, she’s eating and drinking, and she’s nursing and cleaning her kittens. A male will have a much greater distance between the genitals and anus than females — ½ inch apart on a male kitten or over 1 inch apart on a male adult cat. Before a pregnant cat delivers, there will be changes to her nipple area in the days and weeks leading up to the arrival of her kittens. She will not eat live healthy viable kittens. So she moved them. Did I do something wrong that didn't look deform or if something was wrong with them. Physical isolation is a clear sign of neglect. A malnourished cat may eat some or all of her kittens, so make you sure to feed your queen a nutritious diet in quantities that will enable her to produce plenty of milk for her babies. I'm afraid for the other two and the one thats coming. My cat just gave birth she had 4 but than she ate 2 of them, why ? its very distrubing because I have never had this happen before and I have seen alot of cats give birth. On the other hand, she may also leave her kittens alone for a long time to search for food or to find a new location. Around delivery, her nipples will grow larger and pinker, while beginning a milky discharge. To know if your cat ate something toxic, look for signs of gastrointestinal distress, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or frequent urination. She is still quite large and might have more kittens inside her. Changes in Her Nipple Area. She never got milk in her other teats. What should I do should just allow her to keep eatting them if she does ? They'll bite down too hard and accidently kill the kitten. A mother cat has very keen senses when it comes to the health of her kittens, and she may reject them for example if she perceives that they are weak or unhealthy. She may have felt there was a threat to her kittens with her first location.