I volunteer at our local animal shelter and this is my fourth litter of foster kittens this year. This is the first litter I\'ve taken in with a mother cat. It\'s a litter of eight kittens about 5 weeks old, all seem healthy. The mother is a Siamese/snowshoe mix and not the most friendly thing in the world.
I brought them here about four hours ago and they are in their own room (the four season porch/the cat room). We have other cats and a dog and I\'ve kept them away from the litter/mom. It\'s hot and humid, but there\'s a fan on in the cat room.
Since they\'ve been here, the mother cat has not let the kittens nurse and has become aggressive towards them. She will growl and attack them when they come near. All of the kittens are trying to avoid her but they still want their momma of course.
The kittens have eaten wet food I gave them and the mother cat has eaten too. They are on opposite sides of the room. The mother cat looks worn out and is sleeping now as are the kittens, away from their mom.
I don\'t want her to harm her kittens-is this something that should pass when the mother cat gets used to her surroundings? Or should she be separated from her kittens since they seem to be old enough to eat on their own, although I know more time drinking mother\'s milk is always good for kittens?
Has anyone had this issue before? Any help would be appreciated.