First of all I apologise for my grammar mistakes but English is not my native language. :)
Here's my story:
My 1 year old cat gave birth to one huge kitten yesterday morning. It was a really hard delivery, the baby was stuck for quite a long time, I called the vet and he said the kitten is probably dead and I need to try to pull him out. So I did, and he was alive... barely
The mother cat didn't took care of him, so I had to. Only after he was breathing properly the mother cat started grooming him. Finally I relaxed I thought everything was fine. But the kitten didn't start to nurse, and my cat has huge swollen teats. He didn't took the bottle either. I took them to the vet yesterday evening, he gave me some syringe to feed the baby, luckily he's eating now! He couldn't say why the kitten was not nursing cause he is a huge and strong kitten now. The vet said he will start to nurse eventually until then I need to give him formula.
So an other day passed... he still not nursing but he is searching on momma and once I saw him suck on one nipple for a few seconds. That nipple was one of the small ones. There are 2 really swollen nipples on my cat and I think she is really unconfortable.
That two nipples are big and hard. The vet saw the nipples but he assured me the kitten will nurse soon. But I think my cat is in pain and there's only this one kitten and of course he is not nursing. What should I do about this? Anyone had something similar? Shall I put icepack or something on them or massage them a little? I really don't know what to do but I feel sorry for my cat.
Also the kitten is crying all day long! Even after eating or when he is with momma. Except when he is sleeping. And my cat seems so stressed about the constant crying. Is this normal? Last time I had kittens it was more then 10 years ago and I was like 15 so I don't really remember if they supposed to cry so much.
I have one more question about feeding/cleaning. After feeding what should I do? Should I help the kitten to go the the bathroom or should I leave it to momma? She is totally accepting him but I don't thik she is grooming him too much and I don't think she knows he was just eating. Mostly she is just licking the formula off of his face, sometimes I see her cleaning his butt.
I hope some of you here can give me some advice and maybe share similar experiences.
I take her to get spayed as soon as I can! I don't think she is a happy mother right now... :(