Originally Posted by Momofmany
Ahhhh - an orphaned kitten? My 7 year old "orphan" still suckles on blankets. She didn't start it all that young either.
He and his sister(currently still have both, but started with 5) had a feral cat for a mom. The city requires all cats be tagged, so all stray, feral, or outdoor cats are trapped and brought to the shelter to be killed. They were born two days before she was scheduled to be killed. She was giving birth in clumping litter, and was not cleaning the babies. So as awful as it sounds, I had to catch pole her, pin her, and get her babies out of there and cleaned up.. she was still in labor, so she ended up having 3 more in a dry crate (NO litter box!) that we had to drag her into. I then cleaned up the first 2 kittens, cut their umbilical cords, drained hte fluid from their legs, stimulated their respiration, and dried them completely before putting them back wiht their mom. The kittens would have likely died if I hadn't intervened.
Once in a dark, quite room with no litter box, she did give birth, clean up, and chew off the umbilical cords of the rest that she delivered, but when she was forced to be put back in a cage.. she ended up basically dumping her babies out of the cage to die - they had my scent on them, and she was a wild animal. So on day 2, I took the babies to hand raise them, and the shelter killed her, despite a woman who was willing to adopt her, spay her, vaccinate her, and feed her(she was caring for a feral community.. but in city limits
I just find it soo odd that this behavior just NOW started. He's getting so old and big.. you'd think it would show up much younger.