|Mother cats can become quite anxious if their very young kittens are frequently handled. In order to minimize her stress, make sure the mother cat is always present when you handle the kittens. Do not touch or hold them when she’s away, until they’re at least two weeks old.
Gentle petting, like stroking a kitten’s back with one finger, is okay, but don’t pick up the kittens until their eyes are open. Monitor the mother cat’s body language for any signs of stress. If she demonstrates tension or anxiety, it’s time to back off.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.
December 28th, 2011