Male cats are not known for their parenting skills. Many people believe that father cats should be kept away from their offspring because he might kill them. This is not the case. Males will kill kittens sired by another male to keep his bloodline dominant in his territory, but his own kids are generally another matter. Check out this amazing papa cat just after his misses gives birth.
This handsome ginger boy stood steadfastly by his sweetheart as she was giving birth to his progeny. Even when he was getting sleepy he refused to leave her side.
Did you know that orange tabby cats are mostly male and that calico cats are almost always female?
Once the kittens were all born, Papa moved in and helped Mama get cleaned up from her ordeal.
He then climbed into bed with his new little family offering purrs, cuddles, and warmth. Not a kitten harmed.
Papa even looked after the kittens when Mama needed a short break to take care of some necessities of life.
What lucky kittens to have both a mama and papa to raise them. And what a picture of feline domestic bliss!
If you have a male and female that have mated in the same household you may want to play it safe and only let the father visit under close supervision. Hopefully you will have the wonderful experience this family had with their cats.
This is the place where I should end with "and they lived happily ever after," however . . .
A feral mother cat once brought her kittens to live on my patio. My mother built them a sheltered bed and a local organization provided me with food for them. Before long I realized that the father was still in the picture. When the mother disappeared the father stayed to raise his kittens. He kept an eye on them and hunted for them to supplement their diet. So I can attest to the fact that father cats will parent their kittens.
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