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We've has a feral stray cat have 5 kittens in the well around the downstairs window.  We are feeding the mom and today we see the kittens getting out of the well.  We took the kittens and put them in a large cage with a blanket and some milk.  they are sleeping and seem ok.  But mom came back and she's meowing.  I think she's looking for them.  What should I do?  I don't want the kittens to get hurt being on their own.  They won't stay in the well now.  That's why we removed them.  We are going to feed them some milk and kitten food. But what about mom?

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Peggy,

Have you tried putting mama in with the kittens?  How old are they?  If they are 4 weeks old or older, they are ready to be weaned. I can provide weaning instructions, if you like.

If they are under 4 weeks of age, you can feed them kitten milk replacer from a pet nurser (both available from a pet supermarket). I can give you an idea on how much to feed and how often.

Please let me know.

Best 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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