Question by Melissa: Do mother cats not like their kittens when they get older?
I have a cat, Chloe, that had her first litter of kittens at the end of June last year. So they’re almost a year old now, but I only kept one of the kittens. Chloe’s an outdoor cat because she got to where she wanted to run outside all the time. The kitten I kept, Peter Panda (female), was indoors until she suddenly started peeing everywhere, she didn’t have an illness or anything, though. She’s been outside for about 2 months, and Chloe’s been hissing at her and making a growling sound and attacking her. Is it normal for mother cats to do this to their kittens when they’re older? I’m worried she’ll chase Peter Panda away and that she won’t come back, is that what she’s trying to do?
Answer by melissa k
Yes, that is what she’s trying to do. It has nothing to do with not liking her own kitten anymore; it’s because they are two unspayed females (you don’t mention that they have been spayed, so I’m assuming they are intact).
This is likely also why Peter Panda started peeing out of the litter box. Did you have her tested for a urinary tract infection or other problem? If not, that should be done as soon as possible.
Get them both fixed, bring them back inside, and put a bit of effort into this and they will probably at least tolerate each other eventually. It is not safe for them to live outdoors. If they can’t learn to get along with each other, it is better to find a new home for one of them than to kick them out of the house.
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