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when do mothering cats stop feeding their kittens

Her kittens are almost 11 weeks and she still feeds them, it this normal?


Asked by Member 527190 on Dec 14th 2008 in Other Kittens
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Spot, In loving memory.

Kittens are sometimes weaned at 4 weeks, but it can be longer. If mother cat has a small litter, or alot of females, it's more likely she will nurse them longer because they don't seem to get on her nerves as much. So, don't worry, it's perfectly normal.:)


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Izadore (Izzie)

A mother will produce milk as long as her babies are allowed to suckle. Your nearly 3 month old babies should also be on a good quality kitten food. And, more importantly, it's time to get mom spayed. Please don't bring any more kittens into an already overcrowded world. Momma could get pregnant again from the day after she gave birth and she needs to be spayed.


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The Magnificent Seven

Leila is still nursing her eleven week old brood of seven. She comes by and gives a Maine Coon chirp, and the babies immediately leave what they've been doing and plug into Mom. I figure that Mom and the kittens will know when the time to stop nursing has come; I've known people with mother-child cat combinations, and the adult child was not nursing at one or two years! Nursing at this stage is less for the sake of nutrition or immunity to disease (my kittens are already eating wet and dry food) than for a quiet time to be nurtured by Mom. That, in theory, will benefit them emotionally.


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