Our expert says:
The gestation period for a cat is about 65 days. Your cat will probably look for a safe, sheltered, dark place to have her kittens a few days before she gives birth. They love cupboards! The mother will feed them with her own milk so you won't ever have to give them cow's milk. When they are 2 weeks old you must start to handle each kitten every day so that they are socialised with humans. About 4 weeks after birth the cat will move her kittens to another place, so don't be alarmed. The kittens will also start to learn toileting behaviour, so the kittens must have access to a safe outside area or a very shallow sand tray, which they can use to do their business in. This will have to be cleaned at least once a day. When the kittens are about 6 weeks old they can be weaned onto solid food. Use kitten pellets which you can mash with a little warm water, place in saucers and allow a few kittens to eat from each saucer. Gradually they will eat more and will eventually need 3 or 4 meals a day when they are ready to go to new homes (at about 8 weeks). The mother cat will not be feeding them much any more so make sure they always have fresh water.
I hope you find homes for these kittens and that you will have your cat spayed as soon as possible after the kittens are born so that you don't end up with hundreds of kittens that get euthansed at the SPCA.
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