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My Calico's Delivery

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
My 2 year old Calico female is expecting her first litter. She is due anytime, but I have questions.
I've noticed a blood-tinged mucousy discharge. The discharge started a few days ago, but there is only a trace of it every now and then.
Today, she was really restless & very vocal & she was nesting a little. Now, it's late in the evening & she is quitely resting.
There is no sign of labor. Does this sound normal?

Sorry if I sound silly but I'm worried about myPatches.
LL
post #2 of 29
The bloody discharge is not always normal before pregnancy and it *could* possibly be an early sign of pyometra in your cat. I would take her to the vet if she were mine, just to be safe. Hard to diagnose this over the internet, but having dealt with pyometra last year, it was not a fun time for the poor cat who had it.
post #3 of 29
Hi, in my experience with delivering kittens, seeing a bloody show like this *if* the cat is full term, is a sign of delivery upcoming..usually within 24-48 hours. If you are seeing this for longer and/or you have seen a clear wet spot as if one of the sacks has broken, and are not seeing any kittens being born, you need to get her to your vet asap. The restlessness and nesting, vocalizations can go along with labor, and it's hard to know if it's first time mom in labor discomfort wanting her human there vs a problem. Best to have your vet check her out tomorrow if you don't have kittens born tonight....I'd not want to realize on Sunday there is a problem and not have access to my vet.

best wishes with her, I hope all goes well, please post what happens?
post #4 of 29
Thread Starter 
At 7am, I awoke to 2 kittens. the largest was dead & the other is half the size. I don't think the "runt" is going to make it.
It's now 8am & the runt hasn't even tried to nurse.

My husband and I believe to much time passed before we found them.
Both kitten were cold as ice, so I guess she had them early this morning.

Sad morning in our house
post #5 of 29
I am so sorry , that is so heart breaking
post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the sentiment.

It's now 10:30am & the runt tried to nurse, but it's so small and weak that it falls asleep before it get much from the nipple.

I think we are going to step in and attempt to bottle feed it.
I hope we are making the right decision.
post #7 of 29
FIRST OF ALLLLL

GET THE KITTEN WARM and keep it warm

Don't bottle feed it, chances are you'll end up choking it.

IF you're going to try anything, tube feed it, BUT BEFORE THAT, GET IT TO A VET, AS SOON AS YOU"RE DONE READING THIS.

If you want to save this kitten, that's what you need to do, have the vet give you the instruction and the materials to do it.

All it takes is a syringe, a feeding tube and some KMR..

Ken
post #8 of 29
Amen Ken! This kitten needs warmth and a VET! Pronto!
post #9 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by PiercingGoddess
Sad morning in our house
I am so sorry...please keep a good eye on your momma cat, hopefully she passed all the kittens and afterbirths, but do watch her to see that she isn't seeming to feel ill. It's normal for her to have some discharge but it shouldn't be much, and should stop in the next day or so.

She's a lovely kitty with a sweet, sweet face, I wish you many years with her.
post #10 of 29
I'm glad to see this thread, I thought the runt had passed on by the time I read the original!

I agree with Ken and Hissy...and please keep us posted? The smallest kitten I had when I was breeding cats was 1 1/2 oz., and she grew to be the feistiest of all in a litter of 5. If nothing is wrong with this kitten, if she can get warmed up and stronger, she may make it....but first she needs warmth, and nutrition. You are doing the right thing to try!
post #11 of 29
I'm so sorry about your kittens

This amazes me... I mean there is a stray that lives in the dirt basically behind my complex and she has already had one litter, and all the kittens (5) look healthy and strong (look about 4 mo old now). She then had another litter last week that we found and she was nursing 5 1-week old good sized kittens (the spca came to take them ) It just amazes me that a sweet, cared for house cat can have problems like this giving birth yet a dirty flea infested stray can give birth to kittens without a problem. I just dont get it

Good luck please keep us posted.
post #12 of 29
I'm sorry Keep us updated on the other kitten.
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 
It's now 12:36am & we've returned from work to find the last kitten has past.
We buried the 2 kitten together & I planted a lovely flower there for them.
The momma, Patches, is wandering the house and crying looking for them. I wonder how long it will take for her to stop looking?

I did contact the vet early today after we found the kittens, but the vet wouldn't wait long enough for us to get there. All of the vets I called didn't seem interested in helping me.
I'm taking Patches to the vet on Monday morning, just to make sure everything is ok with her. I'm worried about her.

Thank you to all who posted their advice & concern

post #14 of 29
I am so sorry.. this is so sad.
post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
It's 10:27am on 9/14/03, I've just found yet another kitten. She must have delivered some time in the night. This one had past by the time I found it.
I'm worried about my momma cat, Patches. I'm not sure if there are any babies yet to be born.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, she has an appt. with the vet on monday morning. Is there anything else I can do for her?

Yet another confusing & tragic morning.
post #16 of 29
Is there any way you can call your Vet at home or take her to a ER vet? This sounds very serious to me...I'd hate to think she still has kittens inside!
post #17 of 29
mom really needs to get to the vet, there shouldn't be that long of a time space inbetween kittens.
post #18 of 29
OMG , you need to get her to the vet right now . Sometimes a kitten can stay in the birth kanal (sp) and wont come out , she can die from that . So please go now .
post #19 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by PiercingGoddess
It's 10:27am on 9/14/03, I've just found yet another kitten. She must have delivered some time in the night. This one had past by the time I found it.
I'm worried about my momma cat, Patches. I'm not sure if there are any babies yet to be born.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, she has an appt. with the vet on monday morning. Is there anything else I can do for her?

Yet another confusing & tragic morning.
I agree...when I saw your post that she had had one very large, and one smaller kitten, my thoughts were either that the first one born was the large one and she'd had difficulty, which would be why it didn't make it, but my other thought was uterine inertia...something I saw with two of my cats. Now that you've found another kitten delivered much later, I am concerned that it might be the inertia I mentioned above (ineffective contractions and not a safe situation). I agree, please try to find a competent emergency vet hospital that you can take her to...they can palpate and/or x-ray to see if there are further kittens, evaluate her temp,heart rate and if needed, give her oxytocin to expel any remaining kittens (just helps strengthen the contractions). Please do try, she really needs an exam *today*.

best wishes with her...such a sweet looking kitty, I'm so sorry for the loss of her kittens.
post #20 of 29
Thread Starter 
It's now 10:12am on 09/15/03, We've just returned from the vet.
Patches has a rectal temp of 103.6 & has been started on antibiotics.
The vet couldn't feel anymore kittens. He suggested I only try to breed her one more time & if the same thing happens again, spay her.

My husband wants to goto the animal shelter and get her a kitten .
I agreed that many cats & kittens need homes, but I wasn't sure if it was exactly what Patches needed. I will probably give in and go adopt a kitten , I'm a sucker for a cute furry face that needs a home.

Thank you again to everyone who posted during the events of the last few days.
It may sound silly, but I believe her 3 kittens are again playing together somewhere safe
post #21 of 29
I'm glad patches is ok. Maybe you can foster some babies? Babies that need to suckle on a mom? Just curious is she a pure breed of some sort? Just wondering if she were a domestic cat why you would want to breed her. There are so many cats little kittens that need homes
post #22 of 29
I am soooo sorry to hear about ur loss!!That must be heart wrenching for u especially to find the bodies later on...

I rescued a stray pregnant cat last Feb from a blizzard and I wanted to get her to a foster home where the people would be experienced with cats having babies cuz I never had to deal with that and wouldn't know what to do.

I was soooo SCARED that she'd give birth in my apt and that something'd go wrong and she die or the kittens dies. I KNEW I couldn't handle it if any of the kittens died.

WELLLLL, before I could get Sweetie to the foster mom, Sweetie gave birth to 5 kittens. She had them during the night and I'm deaf so I wouldn't have heard her so it was quite a surprise when I woke up to 5 kittens! I still THANK heavens that all were okay! So I have some ideas of what u must be going through...

I'm very sorry about this. I agree with Sicycat, maybe it'd be best to spay her since there are so many cats/kittens out there that needs a home... Also a good idea maybe there are some kittens out there that need to nurse? Maybe u can foster some as Sicycat suggested?

Hang in there!!
Pamela
post #23 of 29
PLEASE do not breed this cat again. The kindest thing to do is to spay her as soon as possible.
post #24 of 29
Thread Starter 
Patches has an appointment in 3 weeks to be spayed.

We have welcomed 2 kittens to our home. I adopted 2 kittens from the local Humane Society. We have yet to name them.
post #25 of 29
CONGRATULATIONS on adopting 2 kittens into ur home! U, ur family and ur cat will be very happy with them. U will have plenty of adventures and laughter with these kittens and cats.

Pls do post pics of the kittens with ur cat! We'd love to see them.
post #26 of 29
Just to let you know the grief will push Patches into another heat cycle.Please keep her indoors until her spay so this tragic scenario does not get repeated. Losing kittens for a mom cat is a cause for great grief in most cats.
post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 
Luckily she is an indoor cat.
She has taken to the new kittens nicely.
post #28 of 29
I am so glad to hear you are getting her spayed. This is the best thing you could do for her Congrats on the two new kittens! Yes please post pics
post #29 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by PiercingGoddess
Luckily she is an indoor cat.
She has taken to the new kittens nicely.
I'm glad she's had her checkup and that she's accepted the two new kittens. Best wishes with your crew of 4...the two kittens should keep you very busy this Fall!
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