Jady Arewar (arewar) wrote in thequestionclub,
Jady Arewar

Cats and kittens.

I have a male cat who has mated with a stray female. She's very timid, and from her behavior, I'm starting to think she may have been abused.

Are there any tips or tricks for getting the female more comfortable around me and my family?

She'll come up near me when I lay food out for her and sit close by, but she will not let anyone touch her at all. I'd like to keep her as a pet. She's not violent and quite pretty, and there's no visible sign that she's unhealthy. I should take her to the vet, but I don't want to try to until she's more comfortable around people.

Also, she and my cat had kittens about a month ago, but the female gave birth to them out in the woods, and I haven't been able to find them. (I live out in the country, and the woods extend forever.)

When would the kittens start walking around and needing to eat solid foods? Should I wait for the kittens to find their way to the house? Would they follow the momma cat here, since there's food out for them?

Thanks ahead of time.

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