Can I actually stroke our newly born kittens?

Question by iTally: Can I actually stroke our newly born kittens?
My cat had 2 beautiful kittens on Wednesday, and although I’m not going to handle them for another couple of weeks, I wondered from what age I can stroke/pet them. My cat seems to be fine with me going near her kittens (of which we are keeping), but I don’t want to abuse her trust. When can I start to give them a little human contact, as I would like to be as friendly and loving as their mother with us? =] Thanks in advance!

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Answer by cheryl r
We’ve had many kittens over the years and I pick them up shortly after they’re all dry. The moms let me, they know I don’t go anywhere with them.

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    rrm38 May 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

    My general rule with fosters has always been to wait at least until their eyes are open. Also, consider the personality of the mother. Is she comfortable with people being around her kittens, or is she protective? If she’s pretty protective, I definitely recommend waiting until they’re a little older… perhaps 2 weeks or so.

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    grummpy May 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I kinda figured if our mom could have those kids ON my bed, then I could pick them up. She would get irked with me though..when I’d pet them & wake them up, cause then she had to feed them to make them go back to sleep :D. I touched em, new & wet, & every day there after. Since shes yours, she knows your not going to hurt them..everything will be fine.

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    catluvr in nashville May 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I have always held the babies soon after birth. Even assisted in several births. If mama cat loves and trusts you, I would say you can hold them now.

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    Debi May 22, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    We handled ours from the start – it really depends on what Mummy cat says about it. If she’s not happy to let you stroke them she will soon let you know.

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    blue2602001 May 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    theirs no problem with that your actally stimulate them.

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    Kel May 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve always had cats and I’ve always petted and loved on the kittens as soon as they are born. I think it’s important, they learn their mother’s scent just like they learn yours, and they learn your voice too. We had an empty bedroom that was the kitten room. We had lots of toys and those little carpeted pet house-things. I could speak anywhere close enough for them to hear me and they would all start mewing and come running to the gate across the door. Some mother cats don’t want you messing with their kittens and they will move or hide them. Don’t let a lot of different people handle the kittens either, it’s easy for them to get infected eyes that way.

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    Patti O May 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I have always stroked newborn kittens, never had a problem from the mothers. I find it helps to socialize them much more rapidly, and makes for a well-adjusted pet. Kittens that are not afraid of people are more easily adopted out. However, don’t go overboard and make them tired, or get in the way of feeding times, or Mom cat’s grooming. I always pet the Mom cat first. This way, I sort of get her permission. Don’t allow people the mama doesn’t know to handle them as newborns.(exception: vet care)

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    WVkim May 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    If the mother cat is close to you, yes you can touch them a little. I have 4 kittens that are just 4 wks old, right after the first 2 were born, I stroked their heads a little bit. Each day i stroked them, no matter if the momma was there or not. You don’t want to force yourself on the kittens as the momma may think that you are trying to replace her. If she feels this way then she may reject all the kittens. When you do pet the kittens also pet the momma and talk soothingly to her. This will let her know that you are there for her, not against her.

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    sunkissed May 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    you can touch them whenever you want( except if the cat doent want you to!)
    i helped my cat with birth ans i had to pic up the kittens to help them find the teats and to clean up their presesnts they would leave.

    just have clean hands, and be gentle.

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    Utah But I'm Taller May 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I “stroked” my cat’s kittens the day they were born.
    my cat, too, trusted me. just don’t be like my family and carry them and such.. make her think u’re taking them away! she won’t like it. mine didn’t get mad, just freaked out.
    start getting them used to u now! just be gentle, make sure ur hands are warm and clean.
    Don’t you just love them?

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