Why Do Mother Cats Attack Their Older Kittens?

by Alex Kountry
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If you’ve ever wondered why your mother cat might attack her older kittens, you’re not alone. While there are several possible explanations for this behavior, it’s important to remember that each cat is unique and may have her own reasons for attacking her offspring. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most common reasons why mother cats might attack their older kittens, so you can better understand your feline friend.

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Reasons for Mother Cat’s Attacking Their Older Kittens

There can be a few reasons for why a mother cat would attack her older kittens. Maybe she is feeling threatened and is trying to protect her other kittens. Maybe she is feeling overwhelmed and is trying to get rid of some of her kittens. Whatever the reason, it is important to understand why this is happening so that you can try to stop it.

Lack of food

One of the reasons a mother cat may attack her kittens is because she is simply not getting enough to eat herself. If you are feeding her a poor quality diet or not enough food, she will naturally want to protect herself and make sure her kittens do not get more than their fair share. Make sure you are feeding her a high quality, nutritionally complete diet designed specifically for nursing mothers. If she is eating enough but still acting aggressively towards her kittens, there may be another underlying reason.

Lack of space

One of the most common reasons for a mother cat to attack her older kittens is simply because she feels she doesn’t have enough space. A mother cat needs a certain amount of space to feel comfortable, and if she feels like she doesn’t have enough room, she may start to worry about her kittens taking up too much space. If you live in a small home or apartment, it’s important to make sure that your mother cat has plenty of room to move around.

Another reason why a mother cat may attack her older kittens is because she feels like they are a threat to her younger kittens. If a mother cat feels like her older kittens are getting too big and strong, she may start to see them as a threat to her younger ones. This is especially true if the mother cat has just had a litter of kittens. In these cases, it’s important to give the mother cat some time to adjust to her new situation before introducin

Lack of socialisation

One potential reason for why mother cats attack their older kittens is lack of socialisation. When kittens are first born, they are unable to see or hear. For the first two weeks of their lives, they rely on their mother’s milk for food and warmth. During this time, the mother cat will also begin to clean and groom her kittens. This process is important for the development of the kitten’s socialisation skills. If the mother cat does not have enough time to properly care for her kittens, they may not develop proper socialisation skills and may be more likely to be attacked by their mother later on.

How to Prevent Mother Cat’s Attacking Their Older Kittens

It’s not uncommon for mother cats to attack their older kittens. There are a few reasons why this might happen. The mother cat might be feeling overwhelmed and stressed. She might also be feeling threatened by her older kittens. If you have a mother cat who is attacking her older kittens, there are a few things you can do to prevent it from happening.

Provide enough food

While a mother cat’s instinct is to protect her kittens, sometimes she may lash out and attack them. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as feeling threatened or having too many kittens to care for. In some cases, it may simply be because the mother is hungry and her kittens are taking all the food.

To prevent this from happening, it’s important to make sure the mother cat has enough to eat. If she’s nursing, give her plenty of high-quality cat food so she can produce enough milk. If she’s not nursing, provide her with enough dry food or wet food (or both). It’s also a good idea to give her extra treats, like small pieces of cooked chicken or tuna.

If the mother cat is still attacking her kittens after you’ve tried these tips, please take them to a vet or animal shelter for help.

Provide enough space

One major reason why mother cats attack their older kittens is lack of space. If the mother feels like she doesn’t have enough room to care for her litter, she may become agitated and start attacking her kittens. If you see the mother starting to act out, provide her with more space to help calm her down. You can also try moving the kittens to a different area to give the mother more room.

Socialise mother and kittens early

One of the best ways to prevent a mother cat from attacking her older kittens is to socialise her early. This means getting her used to being around people and other animals from a young age. The more exposure she has to different situations, the less likely she is to feel threatened by them.

If you have an older kitten who is already showing signs of aggression, it’s important to nip it in the bud as soon as possible. Try using positive reinforcement techniques such as rewarding good behavior with treats or praised. Never use physical punishment as this will only serve to make the problem worse.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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