Do male cats really kill their kittens?
A stray cat has given birth to three kittens in our yard. Today I noticed that one of them is lost!
Last night I heard some noise from our yard, as if two cats screamed and argued with each other and today, I couldn't find one of the kittens anywhere.It was not old enough to climb the trees and was not able to jump over the walls and leave our yard. I am not sure but It seems that the kittens are about 5-7 weeks old.Could it be possible that the male cat has attacked and eaten his kitten during the night ? Thanks
- PAMELALv 71 year agoFavorite Answer
They can if the female comes into heat again, they will kill the kittens so that the female mates again, nasty, but that is nature.
- J CLv 71 year ago
Yes, they can - they view the kittens as an obstacle to mating with the female again - dead kittens mean she will come back into heat. But kittens are also a tasty snack for many of the smaller predators - foxes, hawks, owls, coyotes - even the neighbor's dog. If the female is friendly get her and the kittens to the nearest shelter. Mom will come into heat again soon, with or without those kittens if she is not already pregnant. And the kittens are either at the age or rapidly approaching the age where they will no longer be able to be tamed enough to make good pets. If you cannot grab mom, contact your local shelter to see about borrowing a trap, and use her kittens as "bait" for the trap. Or ask if there are any trap/neuter/release groups in your area and contact them. And if you can, grab the kittens and bring them indoors, and keep them in a confined room like a bathroom. They are likely old enough to eat canned food (perhaps thinned with some kitten formula or full fat goat's milk) and can live without mom. Provide a litter box with clay litter, and also take them to the nearest no-kill shelter so that they can be spayed/neutered and adopted out.
- PRLv 71 year ago
It may be that the father cat was fighting to protect the kitten. Sometimes, they will watch over the kittens.
But, with kittens aged 5 to 7 weeks, they need to be brought inside to be socialized, then homes found for them. Otherwise, they will be reproducing and there will be kittens and cats, everywhere. It also is not a good life for cats, just living outside, with no true shelter. Animal rescue leagues will help you find homes for the kittens. This is the perfect age to bring inside, in order to help them. Yes, the mother cat will appreciate this and she is likely pregnant, again. That means the kittens are pretty much weaned and ready for homes.
Keep them in a bathroom for a few days, with a little hiding spot, and within about one week, they will be nice little kitties.
- Star_of_DarknessLv 71 year ago
Toms can and will kill kittens. The tom likely kiled all the kittens since you left them outside to die. If the tom didn't like them then starvation, poison, cars and worse would have killed them any way