Originally Posted by Abymummy
Sorry all - I just realised that there were more replies after I stopped checking. I gave up trying to force feed her and sent her to my vet.
Sadly, after 7 days of hand feeding, all the kittens died.
Mom cat (never named) suffered terribly, after 3 days of IV fluids started eating well but also died 12 days after delivery at the vet's ...
I have never felt so helpless in my life. The vet said that she had too many parasites in and on her and she just didnt have enough red blood to keep her going and it was more than entirely possible that the kittens died of worms.
They are all in over the bridge, playing well.
Thanks all for your replies.
I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. I know it's disheartening, but let me tell you a story about a feral female I found at work a few years ago:
Someone at work noticed a scruffy white cat standing on her hind legs, and looking at me in the window behind my desk. We brought in a very dirty, starving, thirsty, and cold white cat. We fed and loved her for the rest of the day (we actually keep a cat emergency kit at work--we're all cat lovers!). She purred happily in her blanket-lined box, soaking up the attention (and food!). We made arrangements to take her to the vet that night--and we noticed her belly was big; some thought she could be pregnant. Well, she wasn't; it was a huge tumor, and she had to be put down that night. We all felt so bad; but my reasoning is that we gave that poor, stray, unloved cat a lot of food, water, warmth, and love in her last hours. If left outside, she certainly would have died a horrible, lonely death, especially in the sleet and cold of that particular night. So, please tell yourself that you did the same for your kitties, even though it's a horrible loss for you. They at least died knowing warmth and love, and I'm sure they were grateful. Sometimes, this is all you can do, be it an animal or a human There should be a special place in Heaven for people like you!
I'm now dealing with 3 FeLv kittens (out of a litter of 4) that we found as strays; sometimes I beat myself over the head with feeling stupid for taking them (and having huge vet bills last month and this month, which we can ill-afford); but, if we hadn't, they would've died a terrible death, never knowing a real home, nor love, so I don't regret it.