We have a cat which had 4 kittens very recently (they are approximately 2 weeks old).
Yesterday, she seemed apathetic and worried. We took her immediately to the vet, who informed us she probably got hit by a car or a bike. She has a fracture on the base of her tail (it doesn't move anymore, the vet told us she'll probably never move it again, it will be amputated if it doesn't heal on its own).
The vet told us she's probably not feeling any pain, merely some discomfort.
Since we brought her back from the vet, she's been staying on the couch all day long, and doesn't seem to go back to the kittens as often as she used to.
At what time should we start to :
- Insist on putting the mother cat back into the nest, so she takes care of the kittens ?
- Take care (feed, clean, ...) of the kitten ourselves, because the mother won't go back to them ?
While I keep in mind that all of that happened very fast (the accident probably happened less than 24h ago), I'm worried because the kittens are very young, and we should probably act quickly.