You may experience the worst thing if you breed cats or care for stray cats who have many kittens. It’s rare, but it does happen. Keep reading if you are considering kittens. We will be discussing the reasons cats do this, and how likely it is to happen under your supervision so that you are better prepared.

These 7 Reasons Cats Eating Their Kittens

1. It’s unhealthy

A cat may eat a kitten if it is sick or unwell. The mom will likely eat the kitten in this instance. The nose of a cat has more than 200,000,000 odor sensors. They can detect smells that we cannot. Many people believe that disease is one of these things. A sick kitten can be a threat to the rest of their litter. Bacteria can quickly spread and make them vulnerable.

2. It’s Stillborn

As we mentioned earlier, a dead kitten can spread bacteria quickly to other litter. The cat must eat it if it’s stillborn.

3. The Litter is in Danger

It might be tempting to ask why the kitten was not allowed to go home with you. Your cat will not tolerate litter for more than the first week of its life. She will start to move it if she tries to get close to it. Experts recommend that she avoid the nesting area for at least a week if she is unable to move it or finds it too difficult.

Good homes make it very unlikely that a cat will eat her kittens. They feel secure and will often move the nest if they are disturbed. Your cat is at risk from predators in the wild. Mothers might feed the kittens to relieve stress.

4. A Long Stressful Labor

Some cats can go into labor for three or more days. The cat can still eat and drink throughout this period, but it can be very exhausting. The cat may become hungry after long deliveries. In order to replenish its nutrients, it might eat a kitten. Cats are strictly carnivores and can eat a kitten to replenish its nutrition.

5. Inexperience

Although it’s not common, first-time mothers can sometimes eat their kittens. Your cat might not know what to do with them other than eat them. Or they might be too rough and unintentionally kill the dead.

6. Malnourished

A cat may eat one of her kittens outside if she is hungry and needs the nutrients she receives from her young. The placenta is often what she eats. The litter may be thrown away if the cat is very overweight. Breast milk will provide more nutrients to kittens if there are still some. This can help improve the health of the entire litter.

It’s very rare for a cat to become too overweight to need to feed a kitten. Experts suggest that 50% of cats above the age of 5 are obese. It could be possible to lose a few extra pounds.

7. It Doesn’t Recognize the Kitten

You should also avoid touching the kittens’ babies when they are born. Your cat’s strong sense of smell will help you identify your offspring. Your cat could mistakenly think the kitten is a predator if it smells something different. It will then kill the litter to save its own life. One touch can often change the smell of a kitten, confusing the mother.

Are Male Cats able to eat Kittens?

Male cats will not eat kittens. They are more focused on protecting their territory and bringing in the females for mating. The father is unlikely to even come within the first few weeks of the kittens. Male cats may kill kittens in order to establish dominance over the female and bring on the heat.

How Can I Help Ensure My Cat Doesn’t Eat Her Kittens?

Your cat’s health is the best way to stop her from eating her kittens. Ensure that your cat is fed a balanced and nutritious diet during pregnancy and lactation. Provide your kitten with a quiet area where she can be alone when you are ready to give birth. You should resist the temptation to interfere with the litter in any way. This will ensure that she doesn’t feel unsafe and the kittens are safe.


Your cat might eat kittens if it is stillborn or was born unwell. Your cat may eat the kittens for other reasons. However, they are more common in wild cats that live without shelter or food.

We hope that you enjoyed this brief guide and found the answers to your questions. We hope you learned something about your pet from this guide. Please share our Facebook and Twitter look at why cats sometimes eat kittens.

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