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My cat just had a kitten, but she wont stay with her unless i am with her. Is this because i was with her at the birth, or is it just that she isnt interesed? She is protective of it and goes straight to her when i go upstairs with her, what can i do to make sure she stays with the kitten?

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Linda,

In my experience it's very rare for cats to have just one kitten. Based on personal experience I would guess that your mommy kitty may have another kitten stuck trying unsuccessfully to make his/her entrance into the world. Your queen should see a vet as soon as possible to be examined - if she does have a baby stuck she may need a caesarian to deliver the remaining kittens in the litter. When you bring mom to the vet be sure that you bundle her baby up and bring him/her along too because you don't want to separate them for any longer than necessary. In the event that your momma kitty does need a caesarian to deliver kittens I would strongly suggest having her spayed at the same time since the vets are already there and complications with future pregnancies would be a distinct possibility. If you have any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

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Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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