Why do Mother Cats Attack Their Older Kittens?

Why do Mother Cats Attack Their Older Kittens?

Mother cats protect their kittens, but sometimes that can go too far.


When mother cats attack their kittens aggressively, it is essential to know why this is happening and how to help solve the problem.


Sometimes, mother cats attack their kittens to protect them from danger.

Sometimes, mother cats attack their kittens to protect them from danger.


This is especially true if a cat has been separated from its mother.


If a person or another animal attacks a cat, it will strike back in defense.


When trying to help the kitten, the mother may feel threatened and lash out at you to defend her baby.


A mother cat that hasn’t been separated from her child still has this protective instinct but does not usually attack unless she feels threatened by something else, such as more people coming into your home or an unfamiliar animal near the kittens.


Mom may be attacking because she has been separated from her kittens and does not recognize them.

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The mother cat may not recognize the older kitten as her own.


They might be stressed from being separated from their kittens and feel threatened by the older ones.


The mother cat may think their place in the family is being taken by their young offspring, resulting in aggressive behavior toward them.



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The mom may attack if she is not feeling well and is stressed in some way.

Or mom may attack if she is not feeling well and is stressed in some way.


Stress can cause aggression, make cats ill (such as with FIP), and make them stop eating or grooming themselves properly, which makes them look unkempt.


If the kitten grows up too tame for the wilds.

You may find that your mother cat starts to attack her kittens if they grow up too tame for the wilds.


A mother cat may feel that her kittens are getting too close, and she begins to worry about them, especially if there is danger around.


It’s crucial for you as well. If you see signs of aggression in your older kitten toward the siblings, then it’s time for an intervention on your and your vet’s part (and maybe even an animal behaviorist’s).


There are plenty of things going through this cat’s mind which means he’s not feeling quite right – but there are ways we can help him feel comfortable again.


Sometimes cats can be mean and aggressive.

If you see your cat acting aggressively towards another pet, it’s crucial to take action.


Aggression can lead to severe injury or even death, so it’s best to intervene as soon as you notice the signs.


First, you should ensure your cat isn’t being provoked by something else in its environment that could make it more aggressive than usual.


For example, if new people are coming into the house and your cat hasn’t seen them before, that might be causing them stress which leads them to lash out at others out of fear or uncertainty.


If you have ruled out any other possible causes for aggression (such as environmental factors), it may be time for behavioral therapy.



If your cat is acting aggressively towards her kittens, it’s crucial to take action immediately.


You should contact a veterinarian or animal shelter if you notice any signs we discussed here.


The sooner you get help for your cat, the better!


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