Why do mother cats hug their kittens?

Table of contents:

  1. Why do mother cats hug their kittens?
  2. Why does my cat hug my other cat?
  3. Do mother cats hurt their kittens?
  4. What should I do when my kitten cries?

Why do mother cats hug their kittens?

Like humans, they sort of fall in love with their babies—the hormone involved is oxytocin, it's involved in all sorts of bonding, even between humans and their pets—so she's cuddling up and keeping her baby close. She seems to be in slow-wave sleep, not REM, and the kitten's movements seem to disturb her slightly.

Why does my cat hug my other cat?

They hug to show affection, to protect, and to feel protected. It's another way they show trust, and an excuse to be as close to you as physically possible. Cats may also “hug” to capture their prey, which in some cases is you!

Do mother cats hurt their kittens?

Cats will typically not eat their kittens if you touch them. She will most likely move her litter to a new location. However, if the cat is confined or unable to move her kittens to a safer location, she may kill them if she feels apprehensive about their safety and feels that they might be threatened.

What should I do when my kitten cries?

A kitten's sorrowful cries could be an indication that the kitten is sick. Illness may not always be visually obvious to a caretaker, but a kitten's cries can indicate that something is causing her distress. If a kitten seems vacant or fatigued and is crying, you'll want to seek medical attention immediately.