when to let mother cat and kitten outdoors?

claraserena(4)May 29, 2009

We have 6 week old kittens and their mother in a back entry way. The mother is a very socialized barn cat who adopted us right before giving birth. All have been to the vet for shots, etc. When is it safe to let mom and kittens outdoors? Will she watch out for them? We also have free-range chickens and the mom and chickens get along fine but do I need to worry about the kittens? My biggest fear is that if i let them out, this evening they will have scattered and someone will be hurt or missing. Any advice is appreciated!

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brendan_of_bonsai(4b AK)

If you live in north america housecats belong indoors,

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 4:25PM
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caavonldy(8/9 N CA)

I would have mama cat spayed and recovered from surgery before letting her out. Otherwise their will just be more kittens. We had a family of feral cats that lived under a shed where we used to live. The kittens hung around mama cat for a long time. One of the grown older kittens had her own litter. They were so wild we couldn't catch them. We finally got a trap and had them all spayed and neutered and three of them live with us in our new house. Mama got killed by a car.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 11:08PM
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marlingardener

Check with your local humane society--they often sponsor free/low cost spaying and neutering clinics. As caavonldy said, get ALL the cats spayed or neutered, and continue with their shots. Let the kittens outdoors with their mother when they are about 8 weeks old. Bring them in at night or when their mother comes in. As they get older, you can let them stay in a secure spot (perhaps in the barn) overnight. You will probably lose a cat or two.
The kittens will be intimidated by most full-grown chickens. However, I would not trust a grown cat around chickens. Barn cats are wonderful for keeping down rodents and scaring away small predators (possums, etc.).
Some cats hunt, some don't, but their presence in a barn or outbuilding will deter some rodents/predators.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 2:40PM
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claraserena(4)

Thank you!
Yes will keep up on the shots, etc. The mom will be spayed as will any kittens we do not place.
Today they are in an outdoor pen.
The mom has been very good with the chickens and having the kittens outdoors in the pen with chickens about should get them used to poultry. These are very tame cats--I would have them in the house except that I'm allerrgic.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 4:43PM
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