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Possum had her babies.

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
First litter of the year at the rescue.. sadly won't be the last.

I noticed on Saturday that she was showing signs of early labor. So we set up a 4x4 cage and set it up for her. Last night she had 3 of them.






Possum is a feral cat, so I can't check to see if they are male or female yet.. not until they start wandering away from her, or she gets more comfortable with me being in the cage with them.
post #2 of 24
Awwww, are they all tuxedo? I'm surprised this is the first litter, hopefully it will be a light year (we can hope).
post #3 of 24
I hope everything is going well for mama and babies!

Actually, I just clicked on this because I was surprised at the title! One of my kitties is named "Possum" and I couldn't imagine more than one being named that, lol!

Tricia
post #4 of 24
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2 black and white tuxedo and a tabby tuxedo. lol.

This is actually the 4th pregnant cat... but the other three miscarried their litters. Stress does alot to them.
post #5 of 24
I'm so glad she came through the delivery ok and the kitties seem to be doing well. Do keep us posted and lots of pics!
post #6 of 24
Was gonna say one is a brown tabby/white like mom (tho mom's a brown patched tabby) and the other 2 are black/white.
post #7 of 24
The shelter here had their first litter of kittens two days ago. There is one more pregnant mom & there is one female at the shelter that is likely pregnant.

How does the shelter there deal with a pregnant cat in facility? Is there a seperate room or is the larger cage just set up in a cat room?
post #8 of 24
What beautiful little ones. And how lucky for Possum and the kittens that they were born in a healthy and safe environment! Good job, Possum!
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
We did have a maternity room for the pregnant and nursing cats.. but soemone brought a litter that was sick with feline panleukopenia (we didn't know it at the time) and the whole litter plus some died from it. We aren't putting any cats in there for awhile. Even though it's been cleaned out in there extensively.. we just don't want to take that chance. Distemper spreads like wildfire.

We prefer our pregnant cats go into foster homes, and we are usually pretty successfull in placing them all.. but not all the time.

For the ones we cannot place, we are currently using the 4x4 cages with a piece of plywood on top to keep the momma's inside.
When the kittens are old enough to eat solid foods, the cage door will be opened and close eye kept on wieghts to make sure everyone keeps eating outside of the cage.

Other than using the cages for this, and quarentine, we never cage any of our animals. Even the dogs have a large room with a tv, couch, and dvd player.

Once we raise enough money to do renovations on the building, we will be creating a room with mini rooms (hopefully) so each mom can stay in there until she has her babies, and then raises them.
post #10 of 24
She looks so sweet it is hard to beleive she is feral till ya get near them. I hope they are do ok.
post #11 of 24
What a cute name! Glad Mum and kittens are doing well!
post #12 of 24
Awww, the kittns are so cute! I hope you have good luck with them and mama, and your set up there sounds awesome!
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by Leto86 View Post
Other than using the cages for this, and quarentine, we never cage any of our animals. Even the dogs have a large room with a tv, couch, and dvd player..

What are the dogs' favorite movies?



Tricia
post #14 of 24
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The dogs don't watch the movies, I don't think. The dvd player is mainly for people to sit in there with the dogs and watch a movie.
But the tv is hooked up to basic cable. We alternate inbetween the radio and the tv for them.
post #15 of 24
I'm glad she delivered healthy babies and that Possum is doing fine! The kits are adorable!!

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Originally Posted by Green Bunny View Post
I hope everything is going well for mama and babies!

Actually, I just clicked on this because I was surprised at the title! One of my kitties is named "Possum" and I couldn't imagine more than one being named that, lol!

Tricia
You're not the only one with a "Possum". My Possum boy passed away over a year ago. But, it's neat seeing the name used for a girl kitty.
post #16 of 24
My Runtz loves TV animal planet lol
post #17 of 24
My dogs love to sit there and watch other dogs on the TV and bark at them . Gets pretty annoying. My dogs think that they are really in our living room, so they always try to bite the screen.
post #18 of 24
Aww! What sweeties. I love the way your set up sounds there at the shelter. Too bad all shelters werent like that.
post #19 of 24
aww bless them all she does look a bit wary of you, I hope she settles to you being around

hope things turn out well for them all - great work you are doing
post #20 of 24
Oh they truly are darling.....I hope and pray they all find a wonderful furever home!
post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well when I fed her some wetfood this morning, she let me handle them breifly.

The tabby/white is a male, and one of the black/white is a male, the other is a female.

We've decided on Moose for the tabby, Panda for the blk/wht girl, and Penguin for the blk/wht boy.

They all look happy and healthy to me. They squealed like little piggies when I picked them up.
post #22 of 24
I love the names it goes well
post #23 of 24
Awesome names ! I like the theme for them and the mama. Are all the other animals names in the shelter like that?
post #24 of 24
~The names are wonderful. They got SPUNK! Ive worked in dog rescue for 7 years and I work with several shelters and rescues. It makes me sad to go into a few of these places where they let the computer randomly pick names for their shelter dogs. I like each animal to have their own name that fits them, their personality etc. I find it helps them get homes quicker too when they have a unique name. I took in 3 dogs a few months back that were going to a kill shelter that puts the breed down IMMEDIATLY and the shelter had no clue of the dogs real names so they named them Fred, Molly and Sue. They were Pit Bulls haha so as you can imagine their names did not FIT!

I watched the dogs about a week and came up with names to suit their personalities. Morpheus for the male...because the moves this dog could do he looked like he came right out of the Matrix. Zamora for the brindle girl..just suited her sweet nature. Liberty for the red and white female with the blue mask. Hence RED WHITE AND BLUE haha.

She and the babies look adorable. They are very lucky to have such great people caring for them. good luck and cant wait to see updated pictures in the upcoming weeks~
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