DIY Stray Cat Birthing Box

Cats are known for being independent creatures, but when it comes to giving birth, they need a safe and comfortable space to do so.

If you’ve been caring for a stray cat that’s expecting, or if you want to help stray cats in your area, building a DIY stray cat birthing box is a great way to provide a safe and warm place for them to give birth.

Here’s how to build one.

Materials You’ll Need

  • A large cardboard box
  • A sharp box cutter or scissors
  • Duct tape
  • An old towel or blanket
  • A heating pad or hot water bottle
  • A small basket or box for the kittens to nest in

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow These Steps 

Step 1: Choose a large cardboard box

Find a large cardboard box big enough for the mother cat to fit comfortably inside. Ensure that, the box is deep enough so the kittens won’t be able to climb out once they’re born.

You can find a large box at a home improvement store or even ask for one at a local appliance store.

A good rule of thumb is to make the box at least 1.5 times the length of the cat, allowing her to stretch out comfortably while still feeling snug and secure.

Step 2: Cut a small entrance

Using a sharp box cutter or scissors, cut a small entrance in one of the sides of the box. The entrance should be big enough for the mother cat to enter and exit easily, but not so big that the kittens could escape.

Step 3: Reinforce the box

Once you’ve cut the entrance, reinforce the box with duct tape to make it sturdy and secure. You don’t want the box to collapse while the mother cat is inside, so make sure you use plenty of tape.

Step 4: Line the box with a Bedding Item (towel or blanket)

Place an old towel or blanket inside the box to make it more comfortable for the mother cat. The towel or blanket will also absorb any fluids during the birth process.

You can also place enough cotton wool inside in case you don’t have towel or blanket.

Step 5: Provide warmth

Cats need a warm and cozy environment to give birth, so make sure you provide a heating pad or hot water bottle for the mother cat to rest on. You can also place a small basket or box inside the birthing box for the kittens to nest in.

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Step 6: Place the birthing box in a quiet and safe location

Finally, place the birthing box in a quiet and safe location where the mother cat will feel comfortable. Make sure the area is free from any disturbances or loud noises that could stress the mother cat.

Avoid touching the kittens, this is because the mother will remove them from that location when it notice a change in them

Final Thoughts

Building a DIY stray cat birthing box is a simple and effective way to help stray cats in your area. By providing a safe and warm space for them to give birth, you’re helping to ensure the health and safety of both the mother cat and her kittens.

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Note the following, provide plenty of food and water for the mother cat, and to seek veterinary care for her and her kittens as soon as possible after the birth.

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