Passing on protection

Cats, like all mammals, produce milk for their young. What gets passed on to newborn kittens is not only nourishment, but protection as well: the mother’s milk contains antibodies that protect the kittens from diseases. The kitten takes in the milk, and the antibodies in the milk pass from the stomach into the bloodstream. So the mom cat actually passes on her own immune system to her babies.
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