People have had cats and dogs for a long time, but cats have only been around for a short time compared to how long dogs and cats have been around.
When a cat is scared, it might hide its kittens in bushes, sheds, or under decks. Also, look up. Cats like to hide in high places, like tree roots or on top of a store or shed.
It’s best to try to find a quiet time of day. Use a flashlight to look around after dark.
A cat can have kittens outside even if it spends most of its time at home.
This article will tell you why your cat is giving birth outside and what you can do to help her.
Why Does A Cat Hide Her Kittens?
There are many reasons why cats hide their young.
But before we get there, we need to talk about something else.
In the grand scheme of things, cats aren’t really tamed.
People have had cats and dogs for a long time, but cats are relatively new when you think about how long animals have been kept as pets.
The instincts that come naturally to cats are much stronger than those that come naturally to dogs.
Even the friendliest cats might keep some things to themselves.
- They like small, nice places that are quiet and don’t bother them.
- They might bury it or hide it.
- They can be very possessive.
The gifts that dead animals bring us are also something that comes from our genes.
Feral cats and cats that live outside hide their kittens so that they won’t be eaten by animals.
Kittens are born blind and deaf, just like puppies, so their mother is the only one who can keep them safe.
To keep her kittens safe from danger, an outdoor cat will choose a place that is hard to find and/or get to.
Do you remember that gut feeling we talked about before? Tom cats, who are also known to kill kittens, rely a lot on their instincts.
Like male lions in a pride, tom cats will often kill any kittens that move into their territory.
This makes the mother cat go into heat sooner, giving him a better chance of mating with her and passing on his genetic code instead of that of another male in the area.
Both safety and privacy are important. When a cat has kittens, she will want to be in a quiet place, even if it’s inside the house.
She moves her kittens when there are too many people in a room or when she spends too much time with her babies too soon.
Also, if a room is too loud or too bright, the mother cat may move her kittens to a place with less noise and light.
She might also decide that the place is hers and fight fiercely to protect it, even from her masters.
Keep in mind that instinct is a big part of this, so don’t yell at the cat or act mean.
4. Just A Normal Behavior
No matter what their living situation is, cats want to be alone.
Both house cats and stray or feral cats like to raise their kittens in a safe place.
A cat will look for a place to give birth for a while, and sometimes she doesn’t pick her first choice. When this happens, or if Mom thinks her position is in danger, she might move her brood.
A litter of outdoor cats may need to be moved if there are dangerous animals nearby, like dogs or birds of prey, or if they are exposed to bad weather.
5. Need Space
If she looks worried, she might be worried about the health of her kittens. Give her a room and some time to get used to her new home and family.
6. Not An Attention Seeker
Kittens are cute, and they both like to cuddle with them. But for the sake of mom and her son, it’s better to hold off for a little while.
If Missy doesn’t like being the centre of attention, she will change it. It’s better to say that she needs more privacy than that she needs less.
Some people say you should wait three weeks to treat the kittens, and you shouldn’t touch them until their eyes open.
Children shouldn’t play too much with tiny kittens, and adults should watch them when they’re around babies. Before touching a baby kitten, everyone should wash their hands.
If you find a litter of stray or wild kittens outside, don’t assume that their mother has ignored or hurt them.
The mother will sometimes be busy getting food or taking out the trash. The best thing to do is to wait and see if the mother comes back for her kittens.
Where Do Cats Hide Their Kittens?
Cats hide their new kittens for many different reasons, so it’s important to know where they might be.
Most likely, the mother cat will look for a place that is quiet, dark, out of the way, not too busy with people or other animals, and hard for other animals to get to.
Here are a few ways you could find a baby kitten hiding in my mother cat.
- Under porches.
- Empty crates were everywhere.
- If the cat can get into the crawl space under the house,
- Under the bed, in the fabric that covers the box springs
- Find it behind the fridge.
- Usually, they live in barns, lofts, or hard-to-reach places.
- Putting away bathroom linens
- Any place with a hole or depression that looks like a cubby or that looks like a cave and has enough room for the mother and her kittens
How To Find The New-born Kittens?
1. Think Like a Cat
Every piece of advice on this list comes down to this: put yourself in a cat’s place and think about what a cat would do in this situation.
Cats instinctively look for safe, hidden places to curl up when they are about to give birth. This helps them keep their babies safe from predators since the mother is usually too tired to fight back.
Since you are not a predator, these instincts will obviously work against you. Still, keep an eye out for warm, quiet places that might be good places to hide.
2. An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure
Keeping all of this in mind, creating a safe environment for your cat to give birth is one of the best ways to avoid losing a litter of kittens.
Make a nest in a quiet, private place that is as comfortable as you can make it. Put a comfortable blanket in a box and tell her she can use it to keep her puppies warm.
Make sure no one else comes into the room. If you can give your cat an easy place to go to the bathroom, she will be much less likely to go somewhere alone.
3. Be Sure She’s Actually Given Birth
There are a few ways to tell if a pregnant cat has given birth. If she has lost weight or if her breasts are leaking milk or showing other signs of use, these are the most obvious signs.
Some cats, especially skinny ones, can hide their pregnancies well, so this isn’t always easy to figure out. So, you might be wasting your time if you don’t know for sure that the babies have been born.
4. Follow the Mother
This is the best way I’ve found to find those kittens. Most moms won’t go far from their young, so if you see one, you should follow her to see if she leads you to her young.
If the cat trusts you, she may be proud to show off her new family, so this step may be easy.
If not, you’ll have to be as quiet as possible as you follow her. If you want to keep an eye on her from a safe distance, a good pair of binoculars can be very helpful.
If she doesn’t seem to be in a hurry, she might not have given birth yet, or the kittens might not have made it. If that’s the case, you should take her to the vet to find out what’s wrong.
Also, don’t jump to conclusions if you see a cat with a kitten. This could mean the mother is moving her kids, but it could also mean she is getting rid of a sick one, in which case following her won’t help you find the rest (though you can try to help the kitten).
5. Where to Look Indoors
If you can’t find your indoor cat or her kittens, you should look first in a few places. Remember that these places are all based on the idea that your cat can’t go outside.
The closet and under the bed are two of the most common places to hide. Most of the time, these are quiet places with clothes or other fabrics that can be used to keep warm.
Any place that is closed is also appealing. This includes drawers, cabinets, the washer and dryer, and any boxes that are lying around.
If you lose a kitten litter inside, the good thing is that you know you’ll find them eventually. But until then, you need to be careful where you step or sit.
Also, don’t just put shoes in closets or turn on appliances without checking them out first. Most of the time, your biggest worry should be that your cat found a hole or another way to get outside before giving birth.
6. Where to Look Outside
If you have an indoor/outdoor cat or one that stays close to your house, look around the house first. Check the bottom of the porch, the garage, and any crawlspaces.
Check your barn, shed, or any other building like that. Look up, because many cats like to climb up into lofts or other higher places where they can defend themselves better.
Look for natural dens in trees and bushes where there are no man-made structures.
Even though the cat will want to go somewhere quiet and hidden, it won’t want to go too far from where it is comfortable. If you know where the cat likes to hang out, you might start to think of places where it could hide.
If the cat is a stray and you don’t know how it acts, you will either have to follow it or hope for the best.
7.The Hail Mary Approach
If you have a dog that knows the cat in question, you can try walking the dog around the area where you think the cat is hiding.
Dogs are great at finding nests with their noses, so this could be the last chance to find the kittens.
8. Consider Leaving Them Alone
If you don’t think the kittens will die if no one finds them, it may be best to leave them alone at first.
Allow the mother to feed and care for them for a few weeks before picking them up to prevent them from running away.
Keep in mind that many cats will reject their kittens if they have been touched by people, so don’t take them too soon. Let their mother do what she has to do.
If you really want to help, you could bring food, water, and maybe even a blanket to the nest so the mother doesn’t have to go out and look for things. Also, please make the nest safer if you see a way to do so.
You can help the kittens if you think their mother has left them, but other than that, you might want to leave them alone.
How to Prevent Hiding if Your Cat Had Kittens
The most important thing to know is that mother cats don’t like being in busy places.
The best way to make sure she doesn’t move her kittens to an unwelcome place in the house is to give her a safe place to give birth from the start.
Putting a soft blanket in the bottom of a low box and placing it in a quiet spot can be a great place for your cat to keep her kittens.
Also, you want your cats to be friendly, but if you spend too much time with the kittens too soon, the mother cat might move her babies.
Tell kids and visitors that they can’t see the kittens until they’re older. This will keep the mother cat safe and comfortable.
Why Do Cats Occasionally Pick Unsafe Locations
The simple answer is that the cat doesn’t know it’s dangerous there.
A house cat, for example, might move her kittens to a place she doesn’t go to very often, like the basement.
That basement might have a lot of places and things that could hurt her kittens.
But she thinks it’s safe because it’s quiet and not near a lot of noise and activity.
If a cat that lives outside had kittens, she might pick a place that looks safe but isn’t.
She might think it’s safe to move her kittens under an old car in a barn or garage, but she has no way of knowing that the car will be towed the next day.
The same is true of warehouses.
In general, a place is dangerous if it seems calm at first but has sudden, intense bursts of activity every so often.
On the other hand, the mother cat will not understand.
Why Do Cats Sometimes Move Only One Kitten?
If you find a cat with kittens outside and move one kitten to a different area or just put it away from the other kittens, you may be seeing an instinct to kill a sick youngster.
Most of the time, a mother cat will leave a kitten behind if it is too weak, can’t latch on to be fed, or is too small. This is because she wants to save her energy for her stronger kids.
When people see a cat move one of her kittens, they often think that the rest will soon follow.
Later, they find out that the kitten wasn’t the first one to be moved to a new place. Instead, it was one of many that had been killed.
People often go to the new place, which is sometimes only a few feet away, to check on the mother cat and her kittens, only to find that the kitten has been left there.
If you see a mother moving a kitten, keep an eye out for the rest of the babies.
If you don’t see the mother or other kittens right away, get the kitten and take it to your local shelter as soon as you can.
They have the money to fix up the kitten and give it a good home.
If you decide to adopt the kitten, all you have to do is take it to your local vet so it can get the care it needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do cats hide their kittens?
If you move it too quickly, Kitty will think you are messing with it, so you’ll have to move it again.
Where would a kitten hide outside?
Look for places like trees, sheds, and under decks where a scared cat could hide. Remember to look up, since cats like to hide in high places like tree roots or on top of a store or shed.
It is best to search when there aren’t many people around. After dark, you can use a flashlight to look for something.
Can kittens survive outside?
Due to the risk of infections like enteritis or cat flu, the kitten shouldn’t go outside for at least a week after the first round of vaccinations, which should be done when the kitten is 13 to 14 weeks old (depending on the vaccine). If someone is watching, you could let it go outside.
Will a mother cat abandon her kittens if you touch them?
Kittens that have been touched by people will not be “rejected” by their mother. Kittens can only be taken out of their nests if the mother cat hasn’t been seen for many hours or if the kittens seem to be in immediate danger or pain.
What to do when you find kittens outside?
It is very important to find the kittens as soon as possible if a cat has them. No matter how much the mother prepares, she and her kittens will still be at risk from bugs, parasites, and the weather.
If she’s your cat, you’ll want to be close by to keep an eye on her and the babies. Whether she is a wild cat or not, she and her kittens need to be taken care of as soon as possible if they are to live.
With the information you’ve learned here, you should be able to find your mother and kittens sooner rather than later, which will increase your chances of survival.
Your cat may have also abandoned her kittens. So, what did you think? Did you manage to find them again? Please tell me what you think in the comments section. Cat lovers, that’s all for now!
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