Photographer, Softeis; used with persmission under Public Domain
Cats (especially females) are very protective of their offspring. All species of cats have been know to attack other animals if they feel a threat.
Male cats of all species are less caring/ nurturing for the offspring – and often, they are neglectful altogether. Some males are more tolerant than others, but it is usually the female (or mother) that takes best care of the babies.