Originally Posted by Septemberbabi09
Hey my kitty Gracie is pregnant for the first time.
but i am so scared for all of the things that might go wrong
plus to make it worse, every website is making me feel guilty for letting her get pregnant. We got the cat that got her pregnant fixed (His name is George). but anyway, she is on day63. im scared... i have read almost everywebsite and they all say the same thing, but i am mainly scared because she has never had babies and i dont know how i would have to tie and cut the umbilical cord (if i needed to) so PLEASE write back
Natascha 14years old
Hello Natascha and welcome to TCS! I am so glad you found us so we can help you feel a lot less scared about Gracie and the babies. My first suggestion to you is simple: Remember to breathe. *grin*
OK, now let's just get one thing straight, right from the jump, OK? No one can make you feel anything you don't want to feel. Now repeat that over and over again until you can make it real for yourself. What's done is done and there is no undoing it now. So, with this in mind, the chances are good that Gracie will probably not have any significant issues with having these babies.
If you are forced to cut the cords and discard the placentas, this is not something you need to panic about. But you will need to prepare yourself for this if Gracie doesn't do it herself.
If the sac is not removed within a few minutes after delivery, the kitten will suffocate, so you should be prepared to intervene. The kitten's face should be wiped with a warm, damp wash cloth or gauze to remove the sac and allow breathing. Vigorous rubbing with a soft, warm towel will stimulate circulation and dry the fur. The umbilical cord should be tied with cord such as sewing thread or dental floss and cut with clean, sharp scissors which have been thoroughly washed with soap and hot water. Do not soak or leave the scissors in alcohol and do not wipe them with alcohol before using them. If you have an automatic dishwasher, place the scissors in with your normal wash load and set to Heat Dry - not Air Dry - to â€œsterilizeâ€ prior to the delivery. The cord should be tied snugly and cut about 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) from the body so it is unlikely to be pulled off as the kitten begins to move around the queening box.
I am not trying to make you feel badly about this, but you really do need to think about having Gracie spayed as soon as the kittens are weaned. It is the right thing to do for her and for you. Start saving up your spare change and offer to help pay for it if your parents are reluctant.
Just let me know if you have any other questions, OK?
Again, welcome. We look forward to hearing more about your Gracie and her babies.