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Newborn kittens and an adult male cat

February 21st, 2007, 05:42 PM
First, a little history. I adopted 2 kittens from my local shelter (1 male, 1 female - they were cage-mates) at approximately 10-12 weeks old. The following weekend, I took them to the vet and was told I needed to wait to spay/neuter them until they were around 6 months old. So I waited. About 1-1/2 months later, the engine in my car decided to retire and I had no transportation for about 2 months. I live in Tennessee and am not within walking distance to ... well ... anything.

Apparently the two of them conspired to search the internet for kitty porn and today my female gave birth to 4 kittens.

My question is this ... does my male cat (who has been neutered in the meantime) pose any threat to the newborn kittens? If I need to keep them separated, how should I do that? The female is currently in her kittening box resting comfortably with all 4 kittens suckling like crazy. Every once in a while, the male will peek into the box and sniff around, but then just goes and lays down. I'm just worried about when I leave for work tomorrow morning and I'm gone all day.

Thanks for any help you can give me!

February 21st, 2007, 05:48 PM
i suggest being careful, but i took in a pregnant stray a few monts back and my male was great with the newborn kittens

jesse's mommy
February 21st, 2007, 06:01 PM
I don't have any cats, but I believe I've heard that male cats have been known to kill kittens so it might be a good idea to keep them separate. :shrug:

(Please correct me if I'm wrong cat people :lovestruck: )

February 21st, 2007, 06:22 PM
when I was a of our cats had litter. We also had a male and he nevered bothered momma and her kittens. I do know that if she felt threated she would move her kittens somewhere safe. A momma cat will do anything she needs to to keep her babies safe.

February 21st, 2007, 06:48 PM
momma cats are generally fairly intuitive. If she feels a threat from something (including the male) she will move the kittens. Keep an eye out for that. There is always the possibility that the male will hurt one of the little ones.... but it is not a for sure thing. It really depends on the cat and how much of a chance you are willing to take. Maybe for the first little while keep them seperate, but if all seems well than chances are it is.... good luck!:thumbs up

February 21st, 2007, 06:51 PM
Many Toms will not hurt the babies but it is best to be cautious and not leave them alone with him. On YouTube and this cat shower's web site, there is a cute video of the birth of some Bengal kittens and the father is waiting with the mama and he looks for all the world like a prancing worried husband, lol I think only two were born, good for mama, and the whole family looks cute. The owner is a certified cat shower and well known on that circuit and one of the kittens of course had been promised a good year ago, with the other one remaining with his or her family - not sure I remember to be frank. (I only watched it once and cannot recall all the details.)

But he is prob a unique - it is not usual for Toms to act like human dads. Nor is it usual for them to be nasty toward the babies and some are protective, not so much out of paternal thinking since they do not think like we do - needless to say!! Most are non committal - they see no reason for them to be involved in any Queen's birthing or with her kittens.

There was one interesting exception recently when a male Tom saved his own baby during one of the recent disasters (forget which one) after the Queen had died. The 2 were Siamese which is how I heard of it. The two were adopted together!! :) It is doubtful whether he realized it was "his" baby kitten but he did show bravery and was nominated for an award for caring for the kitten as if he were the mama. (There should be awards for mamas too, imho!!) (and yes, I know there is a mother of the Year award somewhere - England perhaps?) - and I think the winner one yr was the cat who rescued her 5 kittens from a burning building?

Anyway - to be brief (I am learning, lol), just watch them and it is usually best to keep them apart if no one is there at the time. Some Toms are fine, others not.