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The momma is only 5 months old. The kittens were born and when i came over to watch the kids there mom had been allowing them to handle the kittens.Is that bad. My mom thinks that the mom will now reject them. I am worried!

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Hi
it certainly not a good idea to handle the kittens too much during the first week of life as this is when the initial bond between mother and kittens is made. the kitten need to know who is their mum and they do this by scent.
However cats are less likely to abandon their kittens after being touched, it is rabbits that will leave their young if they have the scent of humans on them.

I would just advise the owner to try and not to handle the kittens much during the first week and to allow the mum cat as much quiet time with her kittens as possible. here is my web page about kitten care for your info /kitten-care.html

best wishes
Kate  

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I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.

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I run my own cat website at http://www.our-happy-cat.com and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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Educated to High School level and have since worked for many years in a customer support based environment, gaining vocational qualifications.

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