Question by  Rahul (15)

Will male cats harm kittens?

Does the mama cat protect them?


Answer by  SashaDarkCloud (5764)

Male cats that are dominate or not neutered more often then not kill kittens for both the simulation of heat through pheromones and accidental death and just competition for food. Keep the mama cat and her babies in a place a male cat can't get to them and they will be fine.


Answer by  near2land (493)

Any cat, not just male cats, could be dangerous to small, unknowing kittens who are full of curosity and only looking for interaction and play. Separate older cats from the kittens until you're certain encounters will go smoothly and safely for all involved. The mama cat could use the support.


Answer by  kittymum (142)

It is common for a male cat to harm or kill kittens who were not fathered by him, particularly in feral cat populations.The mother will fiercely defend her babies, however, the male is more likely to wait until she leaves her litter (i.e., to hunt for food) to reduce the risk of a direct confrontation.


Answer by  Erynn (1651)

It all depends on the cat. Most will not, but if he is VERY territorial he might be an issue. A mother will usually defend her kittens but can't be there all the time. The best way to know how a male cat will react to the kittens is to watch him. Mostly, he will not care.


Answer by  CarrieHamston (149)

The mother cat, or queen, will often protect her kittens from danger. She does this mainly by hiding them in a safe place while they are young and most prone to attack. A male cat will usually not harm kittens unless he is especially territorial.


Answer by  Vllad45 (1886)

Though the mama cat will try her best, tom cats will still hurt your babies. Put them in a cage to protect them.


Answer by  zarasluv (197)

Yes mama does protect them but if mama goes wandering and a male stary walks up on them yes he will kill them sad but true


Answer by  whoareyou (3483)

A male cat's instinct is to kill newborn kittens, while some are gentle, it's never recommended to leave them alone together. The mama cat will protect them, but if one is sick or if she feels threatened enough, she herself may turn and kill certain kittens in order to protect the rest and herself. Best to leave the male out.


Answer by  Anonymous

Yes because they are males

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