Habitat. Domestic cats live primarily in areas of human habitation and are somewhat restricted to developed areas. Most wild populations live in close proximity to current or past human settlements.
Where do you live? Domestic cats are believed to have descended from African wild cats and are found in association with humans virtually worldwide. Wild cats are found throughout continental Europe, Southwest Asia and the savannah regions of Africa.
A cat house is a cat boarding house, a place where cats are housed.
Nest: A day or two before giving birth, your cat will find a quiet and safe place for her kittens. She can choose a spot you make for her, or hide in the back of a closet or under a bed.
The cat will look for a quiet, safe, and often dark place to have her kittens. Owners may wish to provide a box or bed of litter if it becomes clear that this is where the cat prefers her kittens.
It can be found on most coasts and in deeper waters. The domestic cat lives on every continent except Antarctica and can be found on 118 of the 131 major island groups. Extremely adaptable, it can survive in the hottest deserts and on the highest mountains.
Where should my cat sleep? Cats will generally nap wherever they please, as long as the place they perch is warm and comfortable. There are a number of cat beds, such as igloo beds or hammocks for the radiator, or you can provide a box with a soft blanket inside.
Ownerless stray cats rely heavily on human settlements for food and shelter and breed freely. Feral cats, on the other hand, live in the wild and are able to survive without depending on humans for food.
A kennel is a structure or shelter for a dog or cat. Used in the plural, kennels, the term means any building, group of buildings or property in which dogs or cats are housed, cared for and (though not in all cases) bred.
Slangsters of the 17th century referred to prostitutes as cats – hence cathouse, “a brothel”. The rain of cats and dogs (originally dogs and polecats) dates from several decades later.
In places where there are no man-made structures, search in trees and bushes or try to find any type of natural cave that might be in the area. While the cat will want to find a hidden and secluded spot, it will not want to stray too far from familiar territory.
Check under and inside furniture
Look behind furniture and inside recliners and fold out sofas where a kitten might climb in. Do not open or close furniture as the kitten could be injured if it is inside. Move the items on your bookshelves where a kitten might hide behind a book.
Wildcats are already naturally suspicious of everything and everyone, and often a wildcat will abandon her kittens when they are out foraging. This is similar to how other mother animals in the wild leave their vulnerable young behind while they hunt.
To reduce her stress, provide a warm, secluded, quiet area for her to birth and nurse her litter. If you can’t contain her or if she seems to be giving birth outside, provide her with a warm outdoor cat shelter to house her kittens in.
This may seem like a cruel subject, but in short, the answer is usually no – mother cats (or more accurately, queens, as they are known) do not eat their kittens. However, they often eat their kittens’ placenta and this is completely normal behaviour.
Her stomach will shrink as she loses the weight of her kittens. She will also have swollen nipples as she produces milk to feed her litter. She will also show signs of dehydration and increased thirst after labour.