We are taking care of my BIL cat (Trixy's sister) since before she had her kittens. I don't know if anyone remembers but I asked if her littler would have any calicos in it since her sister was a calico. Long story short the cat ended living with us since the other animals wouldn't leave her alone. Well, on 2/26 she had her kittens. She had them under my bed in this little kubby hole were a drawer would go. I put up a little fence at the foot of my bed so the dogs won't get there and bother her. So she has all of that room along the bed between the wall with her food and water right there. I changed her food to Blue Buffalo Spa Selects for Kittens. This is way better then what she was eating before.
Ok so now to the problem. She had taken great care of those three little kittens great for the first week. She only got out of her area only to use the litter box. And when she did that she was quick about it. Her attitude has almost done a 360 once the kittens hit a week old. For the last three days she stays with them in the morning then is gone all day. Then comes back to them for about an hour right before we go to bed then is gone all night. She has always been an inside/outside cat. I have tried to keep her inside as much as I can but last night she got out when I came home from the kids doctor and out she ran. She spent the night outside and didn't come back until the morning. I slept on the couch so I could hear her straching at the door but nothing all night. I kept getting up and going outside calling her and nothing. When she came home she just walked insideate some food sat down for a while then went into were the kittens are at.
I have looked threw the previous posts and found the suggested websites that many always list about kitten/queen care.
Here is what I have done and figured out:
1. they should be eating more then twice a day like she is feeding them
2. I have clipped there nails thinking maybe she didn't like them scratching her. (easier said then done :-/)
3. changed the bedding
4. The kittens meow when you pick them up (a good sign I think)
My hubby says some cats just aren't into the mother thing and she might just be one of them. I put her little box in my room and shut her in there. She is scratching at the door wanting out. I don't want her to take off again once my kids start playing and running inside and outside today.
What do you think I should do? Is this normal for a mom to want to leave or is she just not liking the mamma thing?
I bought some stage two KMR milk to use to ween them when they are a little older and introduce food but I am almost thinking I should have bought the first stage also. :-/