Originally Posted by CyberKitten
Just saw this thread and was mourning Nutter and will pray for all of them but esp Bermuda!! I soo hope this kitty can beat the odds. Poor little Manx babies. I know this situation looks like a mistake but why oh why do ppl breed for disaster, knowing the probs many manx have. Maybe the mom herself was a breeding failure and some unscrupulous sort just left her to fend for herself. I do think you are right about her leaving the brrod - mama cats know about these things as you well know.
I sooo hope the remaining trio will survive thanks to your ministrations!!
CyberKitten- with all due respect. It is highly likely that these kittens were the result of a wild colony that is unmanaged. This is a rural area, we are a farming community. There are no breeders in my immediate area, and if these kittens had been born of an ethical breeder- then they would have been put down immediately.
Nugget had not holes to deficate or urinate by, Bermuda was sickly from the beginning and Barley has an extra tail, and no toe on his back foot. These were not kittens designated to be sought after by adoptive kitty parents. These are the product of an inbred society of feral cats and momcat knew her kittens were dying which is why she left them in the middle of a hay field.
Don't paint Manx breeders with your disaster brush. Manx are beautiful cats, they produce for the most part healthy and strong kittens, and if they don't- the people who are breeding for the right reasons, will do the right thing and end their life with mercy.