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Mother cat decapitates her four kittens — 35 Comments

  1. Cats do not just kill their babies. This article leads people to believe mother cats are cold blooded killers of their babies. This is wrong. When a cats kills kittens it is more often than not because there is something wrong with the kittens. At times it is because mother becomes stressed and has no milk for them. But mothers do not kill babies because they can’t handle their crying. Crazy theory. I’ve had cats all my life. Delivered, nurtured, and even bottle fed. I’ve had more mothers take kittens not their own than I can count. Don’t paint these pictures. It’s hard enough to save cats lives.

    • Thanks Pamala for commenting. I have responded in the Facebook discussion. I don’t think that the article gives the impression that cats are cold blooded killers. I am simply reporting on a phenomenon associated with domestic cats. Also I don’t think suggesting reasons either from visitors or from other people is a bad thing. It is called freedom of speech. And I don’t think the article affects the saving of the lives of cats. I disagree completely with you. Perhaps you are a troll. I get a few.

  2. Years ago, I had rescued a cat from a trucking company that I worked for. I got sick and tired of her kittens getting run over (accidentally). It took a while but I finally got her to trust me and I took her home. She was pregnant when I got her and she had her kittens in my house. The runt wasn’t doing well and I tried to help the baby but one day I heard her crunching and when I checked she had killed the baby and was eating it. I was horrified but I loved her and had her spayed as soon as the kittens were weaned. I also got her older kittens and brought them home (what a job that was! Back in the early 80’s). I never had any more problems with her after that. She was my “Buddy Girl”.

    • Wow, great story Robin. It is nice to hear a first hand experience story of a mother cat killing and eating one of her kittens even if it is gruesome and sad. It confirms that this happens. Thanks.

  3. When my shelter rescue gave birth, she had a litter of 7 with two stillborn. She did not seem to know some things about being a mother. She would just lay on top of the kittens and ignore their cries of pain. Also, she would try to move them under the bed and dropped them in the process. (I am surprised they were not more seriously hurt.) One day, she got into the crawl space when her kittens were only a couple weeks old. There was one kitten who would screech and wail every time a human picked him up. (He has outgrown that now and is very social.) But, I used her maternal instincts to get her out of the crawlspace. I carried the kitten downstairs…wailing and yelping. She came running out and followed me back upstairs to tend to her baby. I think she was an immature mother, but a good one. I have not heard much of felines killing their babies, but I have seen them abandon them under stress or if they were too sick to survive.

  4. I know someone that said their cat had killed her offspring. Come to find out the poor cat had mastitis. She probably was in extreme pain and a timely vet visit may have prevented it. As you can guess, they were not very good cat owner’s. When questioned further, they should have responded to the mother when she first stopped feeding the litter.

    I know it happens, but the majority of cats are very good mothers.

  5. Thats disgusting how they say all cats are raped its horrible. I think she will be traumatised. The poor Girl 🙁 Hopefully you can give her some tlc. A long time ago my older sister cat had that happened and it was horrible. Its the one thing I wanted to Protect Jasmine with.

  6. Sounds good to me *
    The vets will say all cats get “RAPED”
    Take it in stride-If you Love her she will
    communicate with you ONLY_
    Also, please keep in mind that they will advise having her fixed right away; which is not always the correct route to tka yet ____.If she is very young this can damage her hormonal system for a lifetime.!!!
    Some cats gain far too much weight-because they are trying to eat everything in sight to nurse kittens [even if they don’t have them anymore. The vets in it for the $.Give her mental state a chance to catch up with her body-or you may end up with a not so healthy cat anyway. This happened to my Theo. she was still nursing; had stopped but still in that nesting stage and off balance to begin with. She is 11yr. of age and I have to bathe her because she can’t clean and she has urinary infections, cystitis sometimes and is overweight and on prednisone to help with respiratory issues and her movability-which is hampered. I stopped the vet. because they accuse me of her being overweight. A catch 22.It is what it is.
    edelorosa@gmail.com E_MAIL ME so I know you read this post____________

  7. Sounds good to me *
    The vets will say all cats get “RAPED”
    Take it in stride-If you Love her she will
    communicate with you ONLY_
    Also, please keep in mind that they will advise haven’t her fixed.If she is very young this can damage her hormonal system for a lifetime.!!!
    Some cats gain far too much weight-because they are trying to eat everything in sight to nurse kittens [even if they don’t have them anymore. The vets in it for the $.Give her mental state a chance to catch up with her body-or you may end up with a not so healthy cat anyway. This happened to my Theo. she was still nursing; had stopped but still in that nesting stage and off balance to begin with. She is 11yr. of age and I have to bathe her because she can’t clean and she has urinary infections, cystitis sometimes and is overweight and on prednisone to help with respiratory issues and her movability-which is hampered. I stopped the vet. because they accuse me of her being overweight. A catch 22.It is what it is.
    edelorosa@gmail.com

    • Sounds good to me *
      The vets will say all cats get “RAPED”
      Take it in stride-If you Love her she will
      communicate with you ONLY_
      Also, please keep in mind that they will advise haven’t her fixed.If she is very young this can damage her hormonal system for a lifetime.!!!
      Some cats gain far too much weight-because they are trying to eat everything in sight to nurse kittens [even if they don’t have them anymore. The vets in it for the $.Give her mental state a chance to catch up with her body-or you may end up with a not so healthy cat anyway. This happened to my Theo. she was still nursing; had stopped but still in that nesting stage and off balance to begin with. She is 11yr. of age and I have to bathe her because she can’t clean and she has urinary infections, cystitis sometimes and is overweight and on prednisone to help with respiratory issues and her movability-which is hampered. I stopped the vet. because they accuse me of her being overweight. A catch 22.It is what it is.
      edelorosa@gmail.com

      • Not so young, Eva.
        I think she is at least 10 months old but still a newbie. She will be tested and fixed even if I have to foot the bill myself. UGHHH!
        Please tell me more about Theo. I want to understand about her chronic ITI’s, mobility problems, and respiratory issues. How many do you think are caused from her being overweight?
        I so hate Prednisone except in a pinch. Let’s find a way to let her lose some pounds and give her some relief.

  8. Thank you for reading my post *There could for so many reasons for what happened.She could have been raped repeatedly by more than one male? She may have been afraid,not having a Mother around or other cats to learn and emulate from.
    God Bless you & the Queen.
    Luv^Hugs Eva

    • Again, thank you so much, Eva.
      I’m able to plan a course of action now.
      I’ll go to them and ask to have her tested for FIV, etc. even at my own expense, before having her neutered.
      I think you may have hit the nail on the head. She may have been raped time and time again and is traumatized.
      I could just cry.
      BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS! STAY AWAY!!!!

    • P.S. Eva.
      Hit the reply under a post so I get an email about it.
      I just happened to come across this post.
      I would never have seen it otherwise.

  9. However-this is quite unusual anyway for a new Queen to kill her litter_it is usual for an outdoor stray to do this if she has already given birth before and her litter could not survive or her health in jeopardy. Are you positive this was her first litter? We had a stray japanese bobtail cat I called ‘Bunny’ she had one set after the next and once she brought her last kitten to my doorstep and ate it in front of me.!? I never knew what happened to the other babies. After I talked with her and we bonded she felt secure in bringing her next litter to my yard so I could help her with them. This was The greatest gift from her to me + I have 4-Maine Coon adult cats I care for on a daily basis. they all have some health issues-but I’m still learning a lot about cats; even though I have raised them and everything involved with doing this responsibly,for almost 30 years now.Cats are Amazing creatures and they are very loyal to their offspring & grieve over them no matter the situation just as we do.They also possess a form of mental telepathy and understand my thoughts,feelings,intentions etc….

    • I feel confident that this was her first litter, Eva.
      I was so surprised to learn that she just pranced around with baby after baby hanging out of her as if she had no idea what was going on.
      Thank you for alerting me to the possibility that there may be a health issue involved.
      I’ve spoken with the caretakers and told them that I would take her in to be tested and neutered (it only costs me about $15.00). But, if they ever feel the need that they can’t handle, I will take her (GOD HELP ME).
      She is really darling and seems as confused as I am.

  10. Wow that was just horrible hearing that. I guess there was something seriously wrong with the Queen. I’ve never hear a situation happening like that before. I guess also she wasn’t feeling safe or something. 🙁

  11. _ In the wild a mother cat will sometimes eat her kittens to stay alive; but this case appears to me first that the kittens all became ill or did have a defect. It’s either this or the Queen is sick and cannot feed/nurse them. it is often very hard to tell if a cat or kitten has a medical condition. They must be evaluated by a trained veterinarian for this to be verified. In this instance-the Queen may be infected or affected with whatever her litter may have carried? Hope this helps answer the question?

  12. Like you, Michael, I thought that male cats were the culprits. I had no idea that mother cats would do such a thing. I’m still in shock.
    But then I reflect on how that mama cat I wrote about just abandoned her babies in a storm, leaving them to drown or be rescused by me {God, help me).
    I, seriously, question the nurturing insticts of queens now. They just seem to be selfish bitches today.

    • It is a bit shocking but we are the same really and worse. Push comes to shove the kids die first. Look at Africa. Cats are all about hard survival. Hard-wired just as they were before domesticated. The domestic cat is a better hunter than the tiger it is said. For a cat mating is about procreation, to further the genes and the species. It is just hard fact and science.

  13. OMG she just bit their heads off and left them!!!!!
    I couldn’t look too closely at the picture. I hope she will get her neutered quickly now, she must not be allowed to have any more kittens.
    Noooo you sure don’t need any more cats my friend!

    • Yes, R.
      Nothing I’ve ever seen before. I’m sure I’ll have nightmares down the road.
      But, I’ll take her if need be; no way I want her killed.
      I don’t think that she is guilty of any crime. Something was terribly wrong. I’ll get her neutered and, maybe, stop that terrible cycle.
      Don’t know.

  14. Oh this is so awful! I’ve heard about mother cats killing and eating newly born kittens, but not at a month old! She must have been worried about something happening to them, maybe she was mentally unstable, cats brains are very like humans so I think that’s possible. I suppose she only ate their heads because their bodies too would be to much for her stomach to take. I hope she was spayed after that.

    • She didn’t eat any part, R. Just gnawed their heads off their bodies and walked away.
      I’m still sort of in shock.
      I tried to help this woman who was so upset but had no concrete explanation to give her.
      She spoke of taking mama cat to the kill shelter because she must be “crazy”. But, I asked her not to and to please get her neutered. If couldn’t afford, I would take her myself. I, also, asked her to call me if she couldn’t handle it all and I would take the cat (like I need another… God help me)

      • R is so smart…
        Why don’t we ever think that animals could be as mentally unstable as some of us (well, not me or R – only you, Michael LOL!).
        Ofcourse they have psychiatric issues, especially if they have been abused. God knows what could have happened to this mama before she was taken in. God knows what could have happened to her own siblings. Maybe all that ever happened to her caused her to do what she did. I feel so sorry for her.
        And, yes R, I don;t need, but I’ll keep her safe , fed, warm, and loved if I must.

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