Why Do Cats Bring You Their Kittens? – 3 Fun Reasons Why

It may be an exciting moment for pet parents if their beautiful cat has recently given birth to kittens. Despite your cat’s want to see her kittens immediately away, it’s ideal to give her some time alone with them for the first few days. Most authorities advocate not socializing kittens until they are 8 days old, other from providing food, drink, and a clean litter box for the mother cat.

You may keep an eye on your cat and her kids from afar at this period. Mother cats will usually keep their kittens in the same warm and comfy nest they constructed before giving birth. If she is unhappy or agitated, she may opt to shift the nest to a different area.

A mother cat may occasionally remove only one kitten from the nest, and that’s the scenario we’re going to look at in more depth. Why do mother cats only relocate one kitten at a time, and when should you be concerned?

7 Reason Why Do Cats Bring You Their Kittens?

Why Do Cats Bring You Their Kittens?

Our extremely pregnant stray cat eventually delivered her babies while I was in fourth grade.

The only issue was that we had no idea where they were.

All we knew was that one day, Isabella, our tiny feline companion, was quite pregnant, and the next day, she wasn’t.

After a few days of not seeing her babies, she began to become concerned. Isabella appeared to be producing milk, and her babies had to be someplace…

Then, one day after school, I returned home to find a litter of six lovely kittens on my front doorstep! To say I was ecstatic as a fourth-grader would be an understatement.

The kittens were only a few days old and hadn’t even opened their eyes yet, but I was overjoyed that Isabella had finally decided to bring her babies to us!

But why did this small mother cat decide it was time to deliver her babies to us so suddenly? And why do cats send their kittens to you in the first place?

To put it another way, your cat is bringing you her babies to introduce you to her new family. She may also expect you to assist her in some way, and she surely wants you to keep her kittens safe.

She Wants To Keep Her Kittens Safe

With that in mind, we may assume that the primary reason cats bring their babies to you is to keep them secure! To return to our Isabella story, we lived in a forested region with plenty of places for mom to shelter her kittens—as well as plenty of predators.

She eventually realized that the safest location for her babies was with her human family. After all, she hadn’t seen a predator anywhere near us, had she?

“Hey Human!” your cat is saying when she delivers you her kittens. Do you mind if I drop these tiny furballs off? You seem to be pretty adept at making sure there aren’t any predators nearby. They can’t see, squeak constantly, and must feed every three hours. “Best of luck!”

Okay, it’s not an exact statement, but it’s pretty much what she’s saying, and we’re convinced that your mother cat’s major motivation for bringing you her kittens is protection.

She Might Need Some Help

Aside from safety, your cat mom may just need a break, and she’s counting on you to assist her. It’s not unusual for cats to share responsibility for the care of other kittens.

Orphaned kittens were frequently given to us in the animal rescue community. Unfortunately, many of these kittens should have been left where they were discovered, since mom was most likely out and about with no intention of returning.

Still, we’d look for a mother that was already lactating to mate with these orphaned kittens. Usually, that mommy cat’s instincts would kick in and she’d begin caring for the orphaned kittens.

There have also been several confirmed incidents of domestic cats sharing the care of their kittens with another mother!

What is the aim of it all?

It’s unusual for your cat to expect you to bear part of the burden! So she’s probably bringing her kittens to you since she’s in need of a break or simply a helping hand.

Take a look at this very cute photo (via the Dodo) of two sisters cats taking caring for 12 little babies!

You’re Family

Another explanation is that your cat considers your house to be her home and believes you to be a member of her family. So, naturally, she’ll bring her litter to you. After all, this is her home as well, and she wants to reunite her family!

While cats are generally territorial and independent creatures, in a home setting with ample resources, a lot may change.

She wants to move all the kittens to a new location

A mother cat may decide to relocate all of her kittens at any time. Perhaps her present nest is too noisy or exposed, or there are too many people stopping by to look at her and her kittens when she truly wants to be alone.

A mother cat may relocate one kitten before returning to her nest to retrieve the others in this situation. You may have just caught mom in the middle of a move, so keep a watch on her to see whether she intends to transfer the entire litter. Other than providing additional bedding, food, water, and a litter tray once your cat has established in her new area, don’t interfere with this process.

Something may be wrong with one kitten

Why Do Cats Bring You Their Kittens?

Cats are sensitive creatures, but they also have a survival instinct. Even if humans can’t see anything wrong with one of her babies, a cat may know that something is wrong. Some kittens may have an underlying health issue, in which case a mother cat may remove that youngster from the nest and concentrate on the other, healthy kittens. It may appear to be a cruel decision, but it is a reversion to your cat’s natural survival instincts in the wild.

In the wild, a sick kitten might attract predators, putting the mother cat and the remainder of her litter in great risk.

If your mother cat just moves one youngster and makes no attempt to build a new nest or relocate any other kittens, there may be a problem with that kitten. You can try gently reintroducing them to the nest and see what happens.

You should also schedule a vet appointment to see whether the kitten has an underlying health concern. If the mother cat keeps taking the kitten away and refusing to let them nurse, you can bottle feed the infant and raise it as an orphan. Kittens must be fed at regular times, and they must be kept warm and dry. Inquire with your veterinarian about how to care for an orphan kitten. Keep a tight check on your cat from a distance if this happens to her within 24 hours after giving birth.

She is confused and disoriented

Labor is exhausting! Some cats will be more resilient than others. After giving birth, some mother cats might look confused and disoriented. She may act strangely, such as relocating kittens to unexpected locations and then forgetting about them.

In this situation, locate the missing kitten and return it to the nest. Keep a tight check on your cat and contact your veterinarian to explain her behavior.

She may have too many kittens to care for

Some cats have litters that are larger than they can practically care for. In this case, your cat may choose to remove one of the weaker babies from the nest in order to focus her energy on the others. This is unusual, but not unprecedented.

If your cat has an abnormally big litter and tries to remove one kitten from the nest, she’s acting on her instincts to survive. You might be able to persuade mom to keep the kitten in the nest and provide supplemental milk replacement powder to ensure that all kittens grow up to be healthy and robust.

If mother rejects the kitten again, you may be able to hand-raise the cat using only milk replacement powder.

Why Do Cats Move Their Kittens Around At All?

Why Do Cats Bring You Their Kittens?

It’s common for a mother cat to move her kittens around a lot during their first few weeks of life. The most important reason for doing so is for your own protection.

In the wild, kittens are particularly susceptible to predators. They can’t even open their eyes, therefore the greatest thing their mother can do for them is hide them.

Cats may also relocate their kittens to a cleaner nest, a better hunting position, or just because mother wants some kitten assistance!

Why Does My Cat Bring Me Only One Kitten?

Cat mums may choose to bring you only one kitten and leave the others behind in some situations. While it may appear that she is favoring one kitten over another, this might be a huge cause for concern, and your cat could be informing you that something is wrong with the youngster.

Nature is harsh, and even though we think of our cats as pleasant little companions, they still have wild instincts. Mom cats’ instincts compel them to abandon kittens that are sick or sickly. Not only may these kittens have a lesser likelihood of survival, but an illness could also make the entire litter less likely to survive.

If your cat keeps giving you the same kitten, it’s time to conduct a thorough examination and notify your veterinarian.

Preventing Litters Saves Lives

However, after a decade in the animal welfare profession, I’ve witnessed firsthand a terrible reality: the world already has way too many kittens, and far too many of them wind up in animal shelters.

After your cat has finished feeding her kittens, please consider spaying her. There are many of free resources available to get your cat spayed or neutered. You may find a wonderful spay/neuter clinic finder at PetSmart Charities by clicking here.


There are a variety of reasons why your mother cat could bring you her kittens, but the majority of the time, your cat mom’s first concern is their safety. Of course, she may want assistance or simply like to welcome you to her new family! Whatever the cause, finding a litter of kittens in your bed or, in my case, waiting for you on your front door, is a lot of fun!

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