Cat still nursing 4 month old kittens

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    My cat had 2 kittens last January. They eat both dry and canned cat food with no problem (have since they were about 6 weeks old). However, the mother still insists on nursing them. Is this normal?

    Also, since I was unable to afford to get her spayed soon enough, she had another littler of kittens (five this time) a few days ago. I have been trying to keep the older kittens apart from her so that they don’t take too much away from the new babies, but “Mom” still insists on taking care of them as if they are newborns. Is this something I should be concerned about? Or should I just let her take care of all of them?

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    [quote=Sylva76]the mother still insists on nursing them. Is this normal?

    should I just let her take care of all of them?[/quote]

    Some feline mothers will nurse their young until physically removed from them. I would definitely remove the older kittens as they are draining their mother’s metabolic resources needlessly. Of course the new kittens should be allowed to nurse for 6 -8 weeks more (if she can handle it).

    [b]Do not[/b] let her outside again until she is spayed.

    Dr. Jeff

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