Dixie, I am just heart broken for you. I can't help but wonder what happened that you all didn't see before she attacked Jake?! Did she get spooked, did he get too close to the babies, did he do something she mistook as agressive? Then when you seperated them, she was in attack/defense mode and the kittens were the only thing around? The other thing I think, is pregnancy will change a person, an animal, anyone. And maybe somehow, she thinks the kittens should be weaned already? I don't know. I just know this doesn't really sound like her? And the whole instance with the vets office, well...that is just so traumatizing for her. How is she supposed to act there? LuckyGirl cried for an hour in the car till she finally realized, umm we're not going to the vet?!
Then she calmed down. In the vets office, all she knows is that she's away from her babies, she's at Dr. Evils office, and people keep poking her, and stuff like that. She doesn't understand why....and she has a fight or flight kinda attitude. I am praying that you can get her back home with you. And keep her quarentined away from the kids/the kittens/and Jake. Then supervised in small doses let her be with the kittens....and feel her out. Try to keep it calm (with 2 boys good luck). So she doesn't feel threatened. And see how that goes. Maybe you can do that for a few weeks till the babies are old enough. I would keep Jake away for awhile. But I really feel that it was probably just this one big terrified experience for her. I mean, Luck has never bit or even hissed but once (and she learned that from Louie), but if I open the front door and pick her up, she is clawing me up desperately trying to get back inside...if I didn't have soft claws on her I'd look like we went 3 rounds in the ring.
So, I'm hoping for the bright side, and the best. We love Reilly....
and we would be very upset if anything happened to her. We are praying for her, and for you, keep us posted.