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post #31 of 59
Momma kitty needs to have access to dry food constantly and wet food twice a day. Water all day as well.
It is VERY important that mom no longer be allowed to be outdoor at all until she is spayed, she can still get pregnant while nursing/immediately after.

Check with the vet about getting terramyacin or erithomyacin ointment for the eyes (That is probably spelled wrong). It is most likely simply URI but it is highly contagious and the kittens may need antibiotics like clavamox or azithromyacin.

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by nikki_e View Post
Also, I need to know if the mother should have access to dry food at all times? She is indoor/outdoor and will leave the kittens alone for a few minutes to go outside to use the bathroom. The screen door is always left unlatched, so Marguerite and Radjpur can come and go easily. But I did notice 2 days ago and yesterday that Marguerite's food dish was empty. Does she need constant access to food while she has kittens, or are scheduled feedings ok? I think having the door always open may lead to a problem if her food dish is kept full. If any random strays find out that there is an open door with food just inside, we might have a few new kitty friends. :-)
post #32 of 59
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Originally Posted by YaYas_Mom View Post
Momma kitty needs to have access to dry food constantly and wet food twice a day. Water all day as well.
It is VERY important that mom no longer be allowed to be outdoor at all until she is spayed, she can still get pregnant while nursing/immediately after.

Check with the vet about getting terramyacin or erithomyacin ointment for the eyes (That is probably spelled wrong). It is most likely simply URI but it is highly contagious and the kittens may need antibiotics like clavamox or azithromyacin.

Good luck!

Ok. great thanks. I don;t know if this guy will get a litter box and keep Marguerite in or not. It is kinda difficult with his male going in and out too. She gets wet food I think twice a day, but idk about dry. I will ask.

My mom is calling the vet tomorrow about eye drops or ointment for Mo. When we checked him today, his eyes were all crusted up lovely again. :-) haha. I got pics that I will post later.
post #33 of 59
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Good news!
Mo's eyes were not full of black crud this afternoon like they have been the past few days. They were still stuck shut, but just a few minutes of dabbing them with a warm wet cotton ball, they opened right up. Then we put in an ointment that we got from our neighbour vet friend. He said to use it twice a day. Also, tomorrow he is getting us some oral drops... I think they are ampicillin, to give him twice a day. And fact that his eyes did not have lots of crusty black stuff makes me hopeful that the infection is getting better. I checked all the other kittens, and they are all nursing and have clear eyes.
post #34 of 59
That is great news! Considering the situation, you are doing a great job!
post #35 of 59
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Thanks! I am so glad that he is clearing up (at least I think he is). He certainly didn't like the ointment this evening, but hopefully it will clear him all up! :-)
post #36 of 59
I'm glad the little guy is doing better, thanks to your care.

I just want to add that if a kitten needs medical attention, always bring in the momma and siblings, too, so they can all be checked out. I learned this the hard way about twenty years ago, when the momma cat had mastitis and I kept taking the babies only in to the vet. Two babies were saved but we lost two before the momma cat was checked out.

Please keep us updated on how it goes.
post #37 of 59
I'm glad to hear that the kitten's eyes are looking better and I think that you are really nice for trying to help. I am curious about something -- Does the neighbor where the mom and kittens are staying actually consider the mom, Margarite, his cat?
post #38 of 59
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I'm glad to hear that the kitten's eyes are looking better and I think that you are really nice for trying to help.
He is doing so much better! The ointment helped a lot. When my mom went this morning to use the ointment (I was at school), she said his eyes were mostly open and there was no crusty black gunk. And this afternoon his eyes were completely open. :-) I am so happy he is getting better!

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I am curious about something -- Does the neighbor where the mom and kittens are staying actually consider the mom, Margarite, his cat?
I think so.... He feeds her and everything. I think he is planning on getting her spayed when her babies are weaned. So he is hoping she will stick around once her kittens are grown up. He isn't sure if she will though. :-)
post #39 of 59
So are his boy kitties neutered at all?? These must be strays that he lets in and out huh?? Well I think keeping them in is a good idea... but after I had one get out and die of distemper 24 hours later Im really cautious! Good luck, and good job!
post #40 of 59
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So are his boy kitties neutered at all?? These must be strays that he lets in and out huh?? Well I think keeping them in is a good idea... but after I had one get out and die of distemper 24 hours later Im really cautious! Good luck, and good job!
He got a male cat about two years ago. He is planning on getting him neutered soon. And then there is Marguerite, who showed up a little over a month ago maybe? And she has the 6 babies. So no, none of them are spayed or neutered, yet. But the adults go in and out for bathroom, exercise and whatnot.

And also, would it be a good idea to do an early spay/neuter for the kittens at around 12-13 weeks, before they go to new homes?
post #41 of 59
Oh yeah, Spaying and neutering before they go to new homes is a great idea! And so considerate! The vets will normally spay and neuter after they weigh 2lbs!
post #42 of 59
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Originally Posted by nikki_e View Post
He got a male cat about two years ago. He is planning on getting him neutered soon. And then there is Marguerite, who showed up a little over a month ago maybe? And she has the 6 babies. So no, none of them are spayed or neutered, yet. But the adults go in and out for bathroom, exercise and whatnot.

And also, would it be a good idea to do an early spay/neuter for the kittens at around 12-13 weeks, before they go to new homes?


It is really great that the kitty is doing so good !

can you really spay/neuter so early, my vet wont do it till they are 4 months...
post #43 of 59
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Oh yeah, Spaying and neutering before they go to new homes is a great idea! And so considerate! The vets will normally spay and neuter after they weigh 2lbs!
How old should they be at 2 lbs? I think he is getting his male spayed by the Animobile from the local Humane Society. I wonder if they do the young spay/neuter too?

I am also thinking one of the babies might be underweight, so I am going to weigh them all tomorrow. I don't know if he is nursing enough though....
post #44 of 59
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Finally some pictures. Sorry, I don;t know how to get the actual pictures on the message board! :-)

Wednesday - pre eye-cleaning -
http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/...41210841858031

Thursday - pre cleaning-
http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/...97290317275433

Thrusday - after eye cleaning - very swollen
http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/...79816954833382

Friday - eyes were already opened, no gunk -
http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/...06460623220532

So much better today!
post #45 of 59
Gee hope the kitten makes it, besides the eyes it looks good. The kitten should have a name that has to do with eyes, like if it's a girl Iris.
post #46 of 59
Such a pretty kitty!!

Yes you can really spay that early! 2lbs is when my vet will do it, Mine are 14 weeks right now and are getting it done soon! (they were scheduled for the 31st but the vet doesn't want to do it then because my kitties have ringworm, and they could spread it to other animals)

Ive heard of many vets doing it that early though! I think Eek was about 2lbs at 8 weeks! When he got weighed in yesterday he was 3lbs 15oz!! He's huge! LOL

Wish you luck!
post #47 of 59
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Ok great. The guy that owns the cat is keeping the kittens unless he can find a home for them, so he will be getting them spayed and neutered hopefully before they go to their new homes. Then we don't have to worry about them having kittens.

Thanks so much for all your help, everyone! Mo is doing so much better and his eyes look great!
post #48 of 59
That's great news. Any chance of getting pics of the whole litter?
post #49 of 59
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I would love to post of pic of the litter for you! I will have to do it tomorrow though. :-)
post #50 of 59
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post #51 of 59
Awwwwwwwwww what little sweeties
post #52 of 59
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Thanks! I love them!
post #53 of 59
What gorgeous kitties I am so happy that they are surrounded by loving, caring humans
post #54 of 59
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Aww thank you. Ifeellike they are mine, even though I am just helping my neighbour out! But they are the most precious things I have ever seen! :-)
post #55 of 59
Well I dont think they'll be any trouble adopting them out! They are absolutly beautiful! Really incredible actually! It looks like a little white pile of snow, with a splash of black just for fun! I hope you do keep one at least!! How fun would that be!
post #56 of 59
They are pretty babies. Mom is a pretty cat too
post #57 of 59
gorgeous momma and babies.

I think you're doing a fantastic job
post #58 of 59
Thanks for helping these wonderful babies! And it true, the mother is very pretty, no wonder why these little hearts are so cute!
post #59 of 59
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Thanks you so much everyone! My friend is hoping to at least keep Boots, the little white and black kitten. If he doesn't fid homes for all of them, he will keep them, instead of putting them in a shelter or rescue. I am going to make sure he gets them all spayed (as well as Mama) as soon as they can be done. But they truly are gorgeous, and getting more adorable and playful everyday.

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Thanks for helping these wonderful babies! And it true, the mother is very pretty, no wonder why these little hearts are so cute!
Thanks! Marguerite is gorgeous, I agree. I have no idea how anyone could let her become a stray! But now she has a good home and a bunch of cute kids!
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