It’s always a nice experience to welcome new members in the house, especially if the new members are little kittens, who have just been given birth by the pet cat. No matter how interesting and exciting it may feel, the ground reality remains that the little fur balls need some extra care and so does the mother cat. Mere feeding them from time to time may not suffice, as these little ones need something more than mere care.
Be cautious about moving the mother cat or the kittens
The first two days are very crucial for the mother cat to develop a bond with her new born kittens. Hence it is very important that they are not at all disturbed by any means during the first 48 hours or so. In case the mother cat is moved away from the kittens during these initial hours, she may disown them, which will create a lot of hassles for the little kittens. Instead, it is best to give them a quiet place to settle down initially. This quiet place could be a cardboard box or a small corner around the balcony.
Care has to be taken that the mother cat does not have to move away from the little kittens during the first week. It is,hence, required that food supplies, water supplies and an automatic cat litter box, are allkept in close proximity to the mother cat so that she does not have to move away from her kittens even for a minute. In case these are not arranged properly and in close proximity to the mother cat, she would rather prefer to starve than move away from her little ones, thereby inviting health threats for the mother cat.
Let the mother be the mother
While you would keep an automatic cat litter boxin the room for the cat family, you need to understand that it would only be used by the mother cat. As a matter of fact, the young ones would not be able to urinate or excrete by themselves during the initial few days and weeks, even if you purchase a litter box for multiple cats. You have to allow the mother cat to take care of these basic necessities of her little ones. She will have to lick the bottoms of the kittens to make them eliminate. At the same time, it is the mother cat that has to nurse all her kittens equally. There is a possibility that among the crowd of three or four kittens, one poor soul would get pushed away by its siblings and would be deprived from the nursing of its mother. There you can hop in and make space for the little poor kitten so that it also gets equal opportunity to get nursed by the mother.
Once the kittens are around two weeks old, you may consider deworming them by taking appropriate medical help from certified veterinaries. This would help the kittens get a healthy beginning to their lives. It would be a real joy to see the little balls of fur grow into matured cats and roam around in the house.