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My cat just had 6 kittens this morning, April 10, 3013, between 1:30 and 6:30 am. I was wondering do they go to the bathroom as newborns. ive been reading online that they need a litterbox once they start eating solid food. What do they do in the mean time? do i need to lay newspaper down, what do i do?

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Brandy,

Congratulations!!!!!!

Until they are on solid food, mama potties them, so she takes care if the problem.  Once they are on solid food, you need to make sure they have kitten sized litter pans and, initially, put some of mama's used litter in to give them the idea where they are supposed to go.

Once they are begriming the weaning process, it is a good idea to put them in their litter pans after meals, to help them get the right idea. Once they are big enough, they can graduate to the normal litter pans that you use.

Please let me know how they are doing or whether you will need to know about weaning.

Congratulatory regards... Norm  

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Norman Auspitz

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I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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