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Hi,my cat deliver'd her babies last night. She's attentive to them as long as I stay with her. If I leave the room she sits at the door crying for me,when I come back she's very affectionate towards me, almost like she's in heat. Is this normal? She has always had separation anxiety,but with her having the babies now this could turn into a serious issue. I'm new to the world of cats and would very much appreciate any advice. Thanks

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Robin,

First of all,does your new mama have milk? Do you have the kittens in a box with bedding? Have you left some of the original bedding where they births took place?

Normally, cats are most attentive to their babies during the first couple of days.  Also, the babies do not need milk immediately (according to some very good sources, colostrum is not critical to newborn kittens). Usually, if their fed within 3 days of birth, they will be OK.

What happens to new mamas who have not quite figured out the drill, the milk causes so much pressure, their instincts take over and they get in and feed the kittens.

If you need instructions on hand feeding or any of the above, please let me know with a follow up.

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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