|Purred: Tue Sep 20, '11 4:05am PST |
|Hi Daniel, that's a really tough situation and I don't have any really great suggestions, but I'll give it a shot.
First I would think that confining the 3 kittens to one room would be in order here; that way they aren't all over the place leaving your mom no idea where they are. If they are in 1 room, they can't fail to notice who is bringing them their food, water, treats, and cleaning their litter boxes. You mom can also just sit in the room with them and read, or watch tv, or do whatever kind of thing that she likes to do. It would probably be too hard for her to sit on the floor, but anywhere will do. The kittens should get used to her presence over time and should become unafraid to be out and about while she is there if she is being quiet and somewhat still.
I don't know how she's feeding them, but I would suggest fixed feeding times and not having food out all the time. They'll be hungry if they don't have food out whenever they want it and if she puts down their food and then hangs around they will be more likely to come out and eat, thus getting used to her being there. Smelly canned cat food would probably work best for this. Even if she can't afford to feed canned all the time, it would be worth it for some meals to really tempt those kittens.
Once they get used to her just being there, not trying to touch them, she can start trying to interact with them with something like a wand toy. She can wave it around, kittens can't resist chasing things, but she won't have to move too much herself, and the kittens won't really have to get too close to her. She can also throw out little treats to them from time to time, eventually not throwing them very far at all, so that they have to come near her to eat them.
It's all a very gradual process which will take more or less time depending on the animal, and of course, it'll take a lot of patience.
I really wish you and your mom good luck with these kittens!
All the best,
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