Newborn Kittens

Animal: Cat
Breed: Not indicated

Pet Symptoms:  Hi, my cat has given birth to two lovely kittens in the past couple of hours. She has washed them and I have seen them suckling. But she has left them for about twenty minutes now. She has eaten and drank and been on the litter, now she is washing herself but I am concerned for the kittens and they are crying. Is this normal behaviour or when do I step in ?

Our Advice: There is some very good and thorough information on kittens and the first few weeks of life through the feline advisory bureau website here:

I try to advise not to intervene too much in dealing with young kittens, but if you have concerns they aren’t feeding properly or being cared for by the queen, then seeing a vet to discuss them may be the best option.