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Transporting newborn kittens?

Hi everyone, I responded to an ad where someone is seeking an immediate home for her momma cat & newborn kittens because they are moving. I'd gladly take them (my husband perhaps not so gladly, but he accepts it :P), the only problem is, we live about 1 hour away. I asked if they could wait about a week until the kittens are a bit older, but I'm not sure if they can, or if I'm even definitely the lucky candidate, but I'd still like to be prepared, or at least know what to do in the future. Will the kittens be OK being transported with Mama? What's the best way to do this? She is a pet and sounds good natured, but I'm also a bit worried that she'll freak out from the sudden change of environment, owner, being moved, etc. I want it to be as smooth a transition as possible. Can anyone offer me advice on this? If we get them, they will have their own room away from our cats, so that at least won't be an issue.

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  • Joy WaltersJoy Walters Member Posts: 9,276
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    This isn't difficult but must be "handled" carefully. Have a carrier large enough for the family. At no time should Mama/babies be separated. Pack it with blankets to keep everyone cushioned and warm. Choose a pick-up time when you are unlikely to be stuck in rush-hour traffic and make no stops along the way. Have the owner put the family in the carrier. When you get home, put the carrier (opened) in the room and shut the door. Make SURE none of your animals or curious onlookers 2 or 4 foot, are allowed to harrass the family until the kittens are weaned and mom is spayed. Since DH is not crazy about this situation, you should be the one to visit and care for mom. Set up the room as a nursery. Make sure there are no open vents, etc that she can crawl into. Go in to clean the box/feed and water her. Feed her the same food they were. As soon as you can, contact your vet and inform him what's going on. They can help with advice on being a kitten grandma!
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