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Are Cats Aggressive After Giving Birth? [Solved]

After the queen cat has delivered her kittens, maternal hormones are present in her body πŸ˜‰ These can certainly impact how the cat is acting and reacting πŸ˜‰ The mother cat feels extremely protective and may develop hair-trigger tempers πŸ€“ When they are exposed to something new or people, cats instinctively respond with what is called a “stranger threat” alarm. The instinctive reaction of any new cat to enter a territory is defensive. It’s best to help the cat adjust. However, mother is your best friend. Cats also feel protective of their litterThe mother is also responsible for the surroundings/territorium. Mother needs to provide a safe zone for the kittens Any interlopers will be viewed as threats to her offspring. [1]
Some cats move their kittens While some cats do this almost daily, others will only do so when their kittens are frightened of being disturbed. It doesn’t matter what, kittens will move around from one place to another. In the wild, kittens can be moved to protect them from predators. Domestic cats may still feel the urge to move kittens. They might transfer the babies from the nest box to another dark, quiet place like a corner of a closet. Allow the mother to move the kittens however often she wishes. However, it is important to not disturb the nest so she doesn’t feel the need to do so. After Tina Bowden, Bozhou (China) pointed this out to us, we thank Tina Bowden. [2]
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Ourfriends4ever.com This explains why letting your cat be is the best way for you to react to changes. For first-time owners, this is particularly true. Time cat mothers. You might have been caught by surprise when your kittens started to exhibit unusual behaviors Take some time and learn more about her situation. It will keep you both from experiencing unnecessary stress. You should give her space. Nurse and take care Keep an eye on her kittens and stay away from her if she wants to relocate them to another place. These behavioral changes that occur in kitten-loving cats will end quickly. [3]
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Petplace.com It also describes the protective nature of some mothers’ love for their young children. Nature and changes in brain chemistry can both trigger this reaction. The sight, sound and smell of the newborn, as well as tactile signals received during nursing, cause the release of a β€œbonding hormone,” oxytocin, which seals the mother-infant bond (and has other mechanical effects on the uterus and other smooth muscle tissues). The blood levels progesterone (the female hormone) also increase. Hormone of pregnancyAs oestrogen levels rise, so does the rate at which your hormones fall. Progesterone’s calming effects are lost, and oestrogen activates them. Most importantly, however, maternal aggression is mirrored by the rising and falling of prolactin (the milk-releasing hormone). [4]
Vivian McNair, vcahospitals.comWarmth is vital for the infant. Kittens can’t control their own body temperature For the first two weeks of your kitten’s life. The nest is a warm place for kittens to stay warm. It is important that a newborn kitten is not wet. They lose heat quickly so make sure to dry it off as soon as possible. Do not place the kitten on the queen if she is uncooperative. Hot water Cover it with a blanket and bottle to preserve its heat. It’s great! Care must be taken not to inflict contact burns by having the bottle too hot. Bryan Gonzales (Amritsar India, December 25, 2020) amended. [5]

Article references

  1. https://www.thesprucepets.com/mother-cat-aggression-554020
  2. https://pets.thenest.com/strange-behavior-cats-after-giving-birth-8818.html
  3. https://www.ourfriends4ever.com/behavior-after-cats-giving-birth/
  4. https://www.petplace.com/article/cats/pet-behavior-training/maternal-aggression-in-cats/
  5. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/pregnancy-and-parturition-in-cats
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