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My lovely queen has been a wonderful momma especially since it's her first litter & she is less than a year old. Kittens were doing great and displaying great enthusiasm @ meal time. I was mixing the cat milk formula with dry kitten food & a scoop of wet as well @ 6 wks old. Now kittens are almost 8 wks & momma cat is calling out to them encouraging them to nurse again! And they do, so much now I notice leftover or no intrest in food. She is starting to go into heat again is this the cause?

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How many litters as she had? And just wondering if there is a reason why you haven't considered having her spayed? It's possible that she isn't ready to let go as kittens will nurse as long as the mother will let them, hence the weaning process for both mother and kittens. Complete separation is recommended for this reason. It is also possible that since she is going into heat again, her hormones are kicking in and giving her back her mothering instinct. I always recommend having cats spayed/neutered for two reason: behavior, which you are finding out one behavior change; also medical- to avoid cancers and infections that can happen in the uterus.  

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Melissa Burg, RVT/Behavior Consultant

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I have experience dealing with different cat behavior signs, including separation anxiety, possible aggression and the difference between fear aggression and actual aggression, this would include possible feral cats. I also am familiar with the several different approaches to introducing a new cat to the environment as well as how each cat or cat and dog and live comfortable and dealing with litter box issues and help you decide if the problem is medical or behavioral.

Experience

My experience began with my own cats and escalated while working with area animal shelters for the past 10 years. I was able to watch and learn how the cats would react to different stimulus and each other. My experience grew during college and became able to distinguish between medical and behavior issues.

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"Pawfect Pets," a weekly column in my local newspaper with pet health and behavior and training tips.

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I graduated with an Associate's in Veterinary Technology in 2009 and became RVT in the state of Iowa in 2012 with a focus on Behavior.

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