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Some of these people are the reason that there are so many unsocialized kitten brought into shelters!!!! I am a Vet Tech at a cat shelter. We see kittens come in all the time that are 6-8 weeks and have had almost no human contact, yet they were born to a friendly female in a home with people. They thought the same thing, that they didn’t need to handle them or shouldn’t handle them until they were 6-8 weeks. By then it is basically to late to have a good and social kitten. It is hard to adopt these kittens out because they are too shy or even hiss and cower in the cage.
You can pick them up when they are born. You should in fact pick them up eveery day and make sure they feel "solid" and not limp like a rag. You also want the belly to look "full". If you have a food scale, you should weigh them each day to make sure they are gaining. With kittens, by the time you notice they do not look good, it is usually too late. Also feel them to make sure no one feels cooler than the others.
As they get older, you handle them more and touch their *censored* and open their mouths. They can have their nails trimmed at a few days old to make it more comfortable for the mother.
Anyone who thinks that you cannot touch kittens until they are 6-8 weeks has no idea what they are talking about.
I have fostered 67 litters over the years, and have touched them all and handled them from day 1.
Use some common sense though. Always wash your hands first and after. Do not let tons of people come over and handle them. They can get sick if people are carrying viruses on them. Everyone should wash hands first.
Then after they have gone to new homes….PLEASE SPAY your cat!!!!!!!! Besides the many litters I have fostered, I have or have seen TONS of kittens and cats euthanized due to illness, and lack of homes!!!!!!!
Yeah, as long as the mom isn’t really protective and your hands are clean…just don’t hold them for a long time, because it’s true…if the scent on the kitten changes, the mom will reject it, but I’ve never had that problem as long as you don’t hold them too long.
Just keep them around the mom if she’s in there, so she can see it’s still her kitten.
I wouldn’t pick them up until like 3 months after they are born.
they are to young to be touch by any human. the mother will reject the kitten. wait until they are six or eight weeks old.
if you are friends with the mother. You can handle the kittens with no problems.
i picked up my kittens and cleaned them off as they were being born it depends on if the mother trusts you .it will not hurt to pick them up they will still retain moms scent and momknows your scent doesn’t she and that is a normal cent to her so go have fun just don’t hold them to long remember they are babies
YES I AGREE WITH THE FIRST ANSWER…FOR SOCIALIZATION THOUGH YOU CAN REALLY START DOING THAT 4-6 WEEKS
yes, you can pick them up. being held for a few minutes every day from birth by a human improves a kitten’s intelligence, makes them open their eyes sooner, and turns them into more affectionate cats. so hold them…just be very gentle.
yes you can pick them up and even change their bedding the only problem is if you do it to much the momma will move them but she wont reject them im lucky my moma cat loves it when i pick up the babies
Probably not a good idea just yet. We dont want Mama Kitty to get upset. Depending on her personality, she may or may not mind. Try to keep your distance for a few weeks as far as touching them.
My cat just had four kittens six weeks ago and I handled them right after birth. She didn’t eat them or abandon them. Pick one up and see how the mother acts when you do, if she’s skittish and looking for the kittens then put them back. She will get used to you handling them. Don’t be suprised at about two weeks she will move them to a different place in the house, it’s just so they can start learning to walk around. Good Luck!!
If you have a good relationship with Mamma kitty you should be fine……..We have always handled our new babies…….Make sure you stay in her site, and only take one at a time while talking to momma!!
I would wait to pick up the kittens for a little while. I would lay near the mother and kittens often and pet the mother and the kittens often. she will get used to you and your scent (but most of all it builds trust.)the kittens will benefit by being pet because of course they can’t see yet and they will get to know you that way to start with. now if she moves them to somewhere undesirable you should move them to a more desirable area. so don’t be afraid to handle them a little if needed.
as they get older you will have tons of time to hold them and play with them. they grow fast! and they’ll be a great pet for someone with the love and affection you show them and their mom.
I have had alot of kittens in my life and one of them just had kittens the other day. I picked them up the next day and they are fine. If the mom knows you, and knows your scent then she knows its not a threat to her kittens. I have had 28 cats in 12 years, (thats how old I am) and I have always held the kittens that day or the day after they were born and they were fine.
I think the best thing is not to pick them up till they are about 2 weeks old. talk to them so they know your voice as I have heard they cant hear till they are a couple weeks old. I always have talked to mine until they are about a month old then I will pick them up only to wipe their eyes and only for a couple minutes. some mother cats will not like it, so you know your cat. dont handle them unless it is necessary for the first month. then get to know them. pet them while they are laying next to mom and talk to them, that way they wont be so freaked out when they open their eyes and see you.
Yes, but wash your hands. Pet me mom first, so she can lose some of her protection, because she was attention. Then carefully, pick up the kitten, but be seriously careful!
It is fine to handle them while they are very young so they will become accustomed to you and people. Even stray mother cats rarely reject their kittens for any reason, so your own cat is not going to reject them because you touch them, but you must be gentle. If you remove the kittens for a long time or something like that, Mama may become uneasy and move them, but she will not abandon them.
Do not wait to hold them until they are several weeks old. Kittens that have been left untouched for even a few days after birth will hiss at you when you pick them up, but they will get used to you, so do not worry. If you are uncomfortable picking them up, then you can always just pet them; that will get them used to being handled.
Kittens do benefit from human touch and socialization. I think you can lightly pet them within a day or their birth; studies have shown that massaging kittens lightly with your fingers is good for them, as long as their mama doesn’t mind. But I wouldn’t pick them up until their eyes have opened (a week or 2). Gently petting and softly speaking to them can only help them to get used to and love people.
no they have to be 6 weeks old for you to buy them
It is okay to touch the newborn kittens. I wouldn’t suggest picking them up and handling them to often. If you handle them to much it can cause them to get sore eyes. Once they get that and keep getting handled it will make them go blind.
Listen to torbaynewsf. They know exactly what they are talking about.
Early human handling is key to a good pet. You should handle them for about an hour each day, making sure you are not depriving them of their mother.
Studies show that kittens who are handled early and on a regular basis by humans open their eyes a day early. They also tend to be better pets.
And tinytracy1 is lying.
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