Hi, my name is Emily. I found this site while looking for information on bottle feeding kittens. Over the weekend one of my five kitties started going into labor. After about 8 hours we called the vet because the cat, Murry, seemed to be in a lot of pain and not making progress. the doc said that it was normal for some cats to have long labor and we shouldnt worry. He said sometimes it can go on for a day or two. Finally we couldn't wait any longer wether the doc said it was normal or not and we brought her to the emergancy vet. She had been in labor for 22 hours. The vet there said that her body had givin up on passing the kittens and her vulva had shrunk. She would have to have a c-cection or she would die. She was already going into shock. They said she might not survive the surgery and that most likley none of the kittens where still alive. Well after two hours under the knife murry is fine and we now have six beutiful live kittens. Our problem is now murry will not even look at her babies. She isn't producing milk and will not even sit with them at all. I am hoping that after a few days recovery time she will at least take a little intrest in them but I don't truly belive that she will. Feeding has and caring for them has now become the full time job of my younger sister for the next two weeks until she goes back to college and I start my maternity leave (I happen to be pregnant also and due in about six weeks) I don't know how we are going to keep up with all of them. None of us have ever done this and it is deffinatly a challenge. Plus, after the cost of all the medical treatment those kittens have cost us about 115 dollars each, you can bet we want them to grow up big, strong, and healthy!
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2/18/02 at 2:46pm