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My 4 yr old cat Bella just gave birth to her 1st litter of kittens on Tuesday. She had 2 within 1/2 hour of each other, then had 1 about 2 hours later. I thought she had another one in there and tried to keep an eye on her but she had it when I was sleeping. Unfortunatly it was dead when I found it, looked like it was still wet and squished although it did look as if nose and mouth were clear. I just feel so guilty because if I was there I could have probably saved it. She wasn't very good at cleaning them when they were born. She would eat the placenta then clean herself! I held the babies up to her and then she would clean them.

She seems to be doing okay now with them, only leaving to eat and go potty. At first she was kind of sitting on them but now not as much. I am concerned because I'm not sure if she is producing milk or not. The only reason I don't think she's producing is because I don't feel or see them full with milk at all, just looks like a nipple. They seem to be nursing ok and I've seen a little poop (I think) on the blanket. They only cry if they are fighting over the same nipple or if they can't seem to find one. Only little burst of crying, a few seconds.

Today I noticed that they don't seem to be getting any stronger or that they are sleeping more, I not sure. I also noticed that she seems to growl if she is eating and the babies are crying because they can't find her, what does this mean?

I am also worried about the 4th placenta because I don't know if she eat it or if it is still inside her. She seems to be healthy and ok.

Any help would be greatly appreciated to calm my worries.
post #2 of 7
If you think she isn't producing enough milk. It would be safe to go out and buy kitten milk replacement.
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My 4 yr old cat Bella just gave birth to her 1st litter of kittens on Tuesday. She had 2 within 1/2 hour of each other, then had 1 about 2 hours later. I thought she had another one in there and tried to keep an eye on her but she had it when I was sleeping. Unfortunatly it was dead when I found it, looked like it was still wet and squished although it did look as if nose and mouth were clear. I just feel so guilty because if I was there I could have probably saved it. She wasn't very good at cleaning them when they were born. She would eat the placenta then clean herself! I held the babies up to her and then she would clean them.

She seems to be doing okay now with them, only leaving to eat and go potty. At first she was kind of sitting on them but now not as much. I am concerned because I'm not sure if she is producing milk or not. The only reason I don't think she's producing is because I don't feel or see them full with milk at all, just looks like a nipple. They seem to be nursing ok and I've seen a little poop (I think) on the blanket. They only cry if they are fighting over the same nipple or if they can't seem to find one. Only little burst of crying, a few seconds.

Today I noticed that they don't seem to be getting any stronger or that they are sleeping more, I not sure. I also noticed that she seems to growl if she is eating and the babies are crying because they can't find her, what does this mean?

I am also worried about the 4th placenta because I don't know if she eat it or if it is still inside her. She seems to be healthy and ok.

Any help would be greatly appreciated to calm my worries.
If they are not crying during nursing, and fall asleep on the nipple, they are getting milk. It's really hard for humans to express milk from a cat, so don't go by that. If they do fall asleep on the nipple and their tummies are plump, they should be ok. There's usually more milk in the nipples toward the rear, if if remember correctly.
post #4 of 7
I have found that sometimes, a good stomach massage REALLY helps to get milk flowing. So give it a try if Momma will allow you to. I use circular motions mostly.
post #5 of 7
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They do fall asleep while attached to the nipple and bellies feel full. I think I'm just worrying about them too much. Thank you for all the replies.
post #6 of 7
Congrats on the new arrivals!
They all sound good and healthy, I'd just keep an eye on mom, and make sure that the placenta isn't still in there, because that could make her really sick, but theres a really big chance she ate it when you weren't looking.
Congrats again!
post #7 of 7
Do you have a postal scale or kitchen scale? Either of those will probably have weight in grams and ounces. Weigh the babies every day to see if they're gaining. It can vary quite a bit from day to day, partly depending on whether they've just eaten. My kittens last summer gained between 5 and 30 grams each day for the first week. You just don't want them to lose weight.
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