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My cat keeps trying to entice her 7 week old kittens into the woods behind our house. Why is she doing this and what can we do to stop her? I'm worried if she succeeds we'll never be able to get them back.

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Hi
It is not unusual for a mother cat to move her kittens several times during the first few weeks and months of their lives. it is thought that it is down to the fact that she does not feel safe where they are and is trying to move them to somewhere safer. unfortunately this is not always the case and they move them to places which turn out to be even worse.

There is not much you can do apart from to make sure that the cats environment is as quiet, safe and comfortable for them all. Hopefully this will make the mother cat feel less inclined to want to move them. Also at this age it is advisable to keep them inside until they have had their vaccinations etc /cat-vaccinations.html

best wishes Kate
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Kate Tilmouth

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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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