Thanks for all the prayers and
and advice you guys have been giving me today. I have not left the house all day and I go into Rags's room about once an hour. Cuddles is holding his own, but hasn't gained a gram. I make sure that he gets some private nursing time by moving the others aside when they seem to be sleepy and keeping them away from him if they are moving around. I have watched him nurse for prolonged periods today. He likes to take to his mom's nipple, but NOT the bottle. I haven't left to buy the dropper (or syringe) today. I might go ahead and wait until tomorrow because I have decided that I will get her and the babies in to the vet tomorrow. I'll call around until I find a vet's office that can get me in that day. I have to start my job on Tuesday. I was hoping that Cuddles would be doing better by then. He still might. His body condition actually seems fine. I don't think he is dehydrated. The skin pinch test is OK. The skin bounces back fine. Once when I had picked him up he urinated a little bit, so he is eliminating OK. If he were not so small, and I didn't know that he hasn't gained over his birth weight since birth, I would think he is fine. His activity level is normal. He doesn't stay off to the side of the other kittens. He snuggles in with the others when they sleep. When he nurses, I make sure he doesn't get interrupted, and he sucks until he drops off to sleep, still making little sucking motions with his lips. When he cries he's loud, but he doesn't cry excessively. He doesn't look gaunt. His body is firm with a little round belly. He's just tiny and not growing!
Rags sometimes makes wheezing sounds. I'm afraid the stress of birth and nursing has resulted in a little respiratory infection. That's another reason we have to go in tomorrow. I need to get her on antibiotics if she has one, so that the babies don't get it. Man, I was hoping this wouldn't be complicated!
I wish I could just enjoy the process, but all I can do is worry.
Sorry this is so wordy. I'll let you know what the vet says tomorrow.