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post #1 of 17
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Saturday at about noon Trixie had her babies. It took just over an hour for the 3 of them to be born. The first was an orange and white one (he/she was HUGE). The second came 20 minutes later at nearly the same size, mostly black with a couple of orange patches and some white as well. The 3rd didn't come till about 40 minutes later (she was exhausted). He/she was quite a bit smaller than the others and is black with gray stripes. I was concerned about the runt for a while but he seems to be doing well.

Yesterday morning I went to check on the kittens and found blood. I started looking for the source of the blood and realized Trixie had given birth to a 4th kitten (after nearly 24 hours with no signs of labour). This one, again, was pretty small and looked like a reverse dalmation (black with white spots). I was concerned at first but he was feeding well and rolling all over the other kittens (and they were with him too). I checked on him every hour and he was doing great, feeding and sleeping. Then I fell asleep about 4am. When I woke up, he was very nearly dead. In the time it took me to call the emergency vet, he died

The other 3 seems to be doing well. They're feeding often, sleeping lots...and gee they do a lot of somersaults LOL
post #2 of 17
Congratulations on the birth of the kitties I am sorry that you lost one though, but there is nothing that you can normally do for them. If it is meant to be, it's meant to be.

Would be great to see some pics of them soon
post #3 of 17
So sorry about the little last kitty. From reading this forum, I would say that it's not as unusual as I had thought for that to happen. I hope the mom and the rest of the babies do well, though!
post #4 of 17
As Gilly said, at that age there is little even a vet can do for a fading kitten. Oliver has faded on us now twice, but each time he has rebounded. He just keeps getting pouched and being placed over my heart seems to help him with whatever is wrong. He is just now two weeks old, and his lungs sound very wet. I have him on clavamox, but that is all I or any other vet can do for him.Often, it is just up to the kitten and his will to survive. Some have stronger wills than others.
post #5 of 17
Congratulations on your three healthy kittens!

I'm so sorry that the last one that didn't make it. I had a kitten like that. It's sad, but it's good that he/she died before he/she got to know life.
post #6 of 17
Congratulations and condolences. How sad to lose a sweet baby. I am glad the little one was born in a home where she was loved, even if she only lived a short time. Enjoy the rest of the kittens!
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by hissy
As Gilly said, at that age there is little even a vet can do for a fading kitten. Oliver has faded on us now twice, but each time he has rebounded. He just keeps getting pouched and being placed over my heart seems to help him with whatever is wrong. He is just now two weeks old, and his lungs sound very wet. I have him on clavamox, but that is all I or any other vet can do for him.Often, it is just up to the kitten and his will to survive. Some have stronger wills than others.
Hissy, not to hijack this thread, but Clavamox is the wrong antibiotic for your baby ... get Baytril now. Your vet may balk at giving it to you citing it's propensity to stunt growth, but from where I come from, nothing stunts growth quite like death - get the Baytril.
post #8 of 17
Ok, I will call the vet and let him know- thanks Gaye. I really want this trooper to make it- and his lungs sound so wet.
post #9 of 17
Moxymom, I am sorry to hear your lost a kitten - it is truly heartbreaking, believe me, I know.

I will continue to hold positive thoughts for the rest of the litter.

Best of luck,

~gf~
post #10 of 17
Oh MA... I am praying for you & litle Oliver. :

moxymom...I am happy that your healthy furbabies are OK and for your little furbaby who is now at the Rainbow Bridge...RIP Little One
post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone I don't think I've ever cried so hard Can't quite bring myself to tell my son.

The remaining 3 kittens seem to be thriving....Trixie's doing wonderfully (except for the fact that now that the kittens are born she's looking emaciated like when I brought her home). She keeps bringing me kittens to pet...lolol. She'll bring me one, I'll pet him (her) for a couple of minutes and then Trixie will take it back and bring me a different one. Then she kisses me and goes to clean the stinky human smell off the babies LOL. The one thing I've noticed though, is she's not using the litterbox much. Should I be concerned about this?

I also wondered how long the kittens and mom should be segregated from the rest of the househole. Trixie HATES being locked up (she's in my bedroom with the kittens).
post #12 of 17
When queens nurse, they do lose a lot of resources and that is probably why Trixie is looking thin. Feed her as much as she wants whenever she wants. And make sure there is ~always~ a good quality dry food down for her along with fresh water.

It isn't uncommon for queens to get a little bound up for a few days after the babies are born. If she ate the placentas, take my word for it, the entire neighborhood will know it when she finally does poop. *grin*

Continued best of luck,

~gf~
post #13 of 17
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Ya she ate them She'll probably wait till I'm peacefully sleeping 3 feet from the box and whip it at me So I don't need to worry about her not using the litter much?

She has a constant supply of food and water. She was in reaalllly bad shape when I adopted/rescued her so hopefully now she'll start to rebound like Tiger did (her son was in bad shape too).
post #14 of 17
LOL Yeah she probably will. Expect that it will be very stinky and might be somewhat loose when she finally does go.

Concern should come into play if and when you see her straining and not producing anything. But for now, it sounds pretty normal.

~gf~
post #15 of 17
Sorry to hear you lost a baby. Keeping Trixie and the other three in my thoughts!
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Any thoughts on when they can come out of isolation (for lack of a better term).
post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by gayef
LOL Yeah she probably will. Expect that it will be very stinky and might be somewhat loose when she finally does go.

~gf~
Sorry to hijack. I just wanted to say thank you for clearing that up. The first few days after Pepsi had her kittens, the stink was unbelievable, and it was loose too. I thought maybe she had gotten into the regular food instead of eating her kitten food and that it was too fast a change or something.
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