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My cat just had babies!!

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
But only one of them is moving and mewing, the other is just lying there gasping what do I do?!
post #2 of 18
Is the mother licking the baby, trying to get it moving? If not, you might try very gently drying it with a soft cloth to stimulate it. Also, place it close to mom where it can find a nipple to start feeding.
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well the mom did lick it a bit, and we dried it and put it next to the mom so it could be fed, but it just sits there. It did meow once I think.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
It also seems that the kitten has a runny nose or something, how the heck does someone deal with that??
post #5 of 18
The runny nose could be some of the amniotic fluid that didn't get completely cleared out. For now I would just wipe it off. If there's quite a bit a fluid it may be blocking the kitten's nose so it can't breathe very well.

To get the kitten started feeding, try giving a little sugar water (karo syrup diluted with water). If you have an eyedropper, give one or two drops directly on the tongue. If not, you can try dipping your finger in the sugar water and rub it on the kitten's lips. If the mother will let you, drip a little of the sugar water on one of her nipples and put the baby next to it to see if he/she (can't keep saying "it") will latch on.

I'm no expert on newborn kittens. These are some of the things we do with newborn humans who are having problems. Hope it helps some.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
I wiped it's nose and it meowed quite a bit, and then I put a little sugar in water stirred it, and gave the kitten a drop of it on it's tongue, but it still won't nurse. I even put some on the mother and it's still just sitting there. It's sibling is suckling just fine but it doesn't want to do the same! Could it be a premature kitten? Or maybe it's mother is too young? I'm not too sure how old the mother is, but she is rather small in size.
post #7 of 18
You need to try to bottle feed it. Some kittens are like that.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Um, what should I feed it?
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post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you, I'll try that.
I really hope it'll work.
post #11 of 18
My premie kitten was slower to latch on. His siblings were suckling away but I had to encourage him over and over again. Just gently and he was fine after that. I do supplement him with KMR now. Although his bigger siblings have moved on to food so he get Mommy all to himself.

You may have to bottle feed him to get the hang of it but right now you need to get something in his tummy. I would at least use a dropper to put some water in his mouth so he does not get dehydrated before you can get to the store.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your help! The kitten is drinking from its mother on its own now!
And it seems to be much stronger, too! I got a pic of them! Sorry, it's a bit blurry. The little black, orange and white one is the kitten who didn't want to suckle. I'm moving them to a more comfortable and warm place soon. I hadn't expected them so early so I didn't have time to prepare for them.
post #13 of 18
I'm so glad the little one is doing well. They're beautiful.
post #14 of 18
I am glad to hear the kittens are doing well! They are cute!
post #15 of 18
Aw the kitten's are so cute! Please update us with more pictures of them later!
post #16 of 18
When my dog had puppies by caesarean, I was amazed at how hard we were asked to rub them. The mom dog or cat is very vigorous in it's first cleaning and my dog was still knocked out so we had to do it. The poor little pups were squeaking, but that is supposed to be a good thing.
post #17 of 18
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Thank you for all your help! The kitten is drinking from its mother on its own now!
And it seems to be much stronger, too! I got a pic of them! Sorry, it's a bit blurry. The little black, orange and white one is the kitten who didn't want to suckle. I'm moving them to a more comfortable and warm place soon. I hadn't expected them so early so I didn't have time to prepare for them.
she's a girl, btw. the little red one is probably a boy.
post #18 of 18
YAY!
I am glad the little one has gotten the hang of it. Mommy kitty is very pretty.
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