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Is a runt in a litter a bad thing???

post #1 of 23
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I was just wondering if having a runt a litter is a bad thing?
The other three look fine and healthy I am concerened about the fourth that is smaller and does not seem as well developed as the other three.
post #2 of 23
Not to scare you... but I also have the runt of a litter who has a severe heart murmur. A little disclaimer though, she's a double inbred cat so that could be the cause. Other than that she seems perfectly healthy. She's still a smaller sized cat, my 2 kittens who are 5 months old have almost caught up to her in size. I think that sometimes being the runt of a litter is a good thing because they tend to be the ones who get the most attention. You can always take it to a vet to have it examined but I think she should be just fine
post #3 of 23
I would watch her and make sure she gets lots to eat. Sometimes the smaller ones get pushed away from the food bowl. Make sure she gains weight and she should be just fine.
post #4 of 23
I adopted the runt of a litter...she has turned into a 12 lb. cat and is doing fine. Definately watch to make sure she gets enough to eat. Also, if you need a low cost clinic to have the mom cat spayed, let me know and I can look up ones in your area.

Katie
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
I just was not to sure because I am new to this whole kitten thing. The only time I have ever seen a kitten is when somebody is giving them away or you see them at the SPCA. I am new to this whole newbrone kitten and mom thing and it's a little scary.
post #6 of 23
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after all of this is over and the kittens have moved on to where they don't need mommy anymore. first thing I am doing is something I SHOULD have done a long time ago and get my spayed.
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by madmanmib
I just was not to sure because I am new to this whole kitten thing. The only time I have ever seen a kitten is when somebody is giving them away or you see them at the SPCA. I am new to this whole newbrone kitten and mom thing and it's a little scary.
Understood..which is why it is great that you can come here to ask questions. Lots of very knowledgeable owners and cat lovers here.

Katie
post #8 of 23
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Originally Posted by madmanmib
after all of this is over and the kittens have moved on to where they don't need mommy anymore. first thing I am doing is something I SHOULD have done a long time ago and get my spayed.
Glad you plan to have mom spayed. Just a word of advice..keep mom indoors until she is spayed. Cats can get pregnant again soon after giving birth.

Katie
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
WOW, I wasn't aware of that. So, she can outside and get knocked up by the same tomcat that got her the first time. That will not be a problem then I will be sure that she is kept inside until she sees the Vet.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by madmanmib
WOW, I wasn't aware of that. So, she can outside and get knocked up by the same tomcat that got her the first time. That will not be a problem then I will be sure that she is kept inside until she sees the Vet.
Yes...cats are induced ovulators..which means being around an intact male can lead to her going into heat and getting pregnant again. Best to keep her indoors only so that she has no ability to get pregnant again.

Katie
post #11 of 23
Yes that tomcat and every other tom cat in the area. sometimes more then one .
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by madmanmib
I was just wondering if having a runt a litter is a bad thing?
The other three look fine and healthy I am concerened about the fourth that is smaller and does not seem as well developed as the other three.

My mother took in the runt of a litter once and the cat lived to be 19. So some runt eventually catch up in development and live long lives.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by TNR1
Yes...cats are induced ovulators..which means being around an intact male can lead to her going into heat and getting pregnant again. Best to keep her indoors only so that she has no ability to get pregnant again.

Katie
Actually, Katie, an intact male won't lead her to going into heat again. He will simply mate with her (even if she is unwilling - if he can catch her, he will mate with her) and the act of mating itself will cause her to ovulate. That is what is meant by "induced ovulation".
post #14 of 23
It depends on why the kitten is smaller than the others. Sometimes the kittens don't get equal nutrition in the womb. In this case there is usually nothing really wrong with the runt except his small size, and he'll probably do fine. Other times the runt has a developmental abnormality. These guys often don't do as well. But the only way to find out is to see what happens.

Keep an eye on everything and make sure Mom is feeding him along with the others. She may go with her ancestral instincts and focus her efforts on the bigger, stronger kittens and may pay less attention to the runt or even reject him completely. If this happens then he will need to be bottle fed. But again as long as there is nothing wrong with the kitten except for his small size, he should be fine.
post #15 of 23
Not necessarily. My Sage was a runt of her brothers and now she is fatter than they are.
post #16 of 23
Spend some time watching all the kittens feeding. If the fourth kitten (the 'runt)is being pushed aside and cannot latch onto a nipple of his own for a good feed, use your hand or a rolled-up towel to 'shepherd' the other kittens so he can feed without interruption until he is full. Don't remove the kittens from the nest as this may cause mum-cat to become anxious. You'll need to do this several times a day so that he gets enough milk.
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by gayef
Actually, Katie, an intact male won't lead her to going into heat again. He will simply mate with her (even if she is unwilling - if he can catch her, he will mate with her) and the act of mating itself will cause her to ovulate. That is what is meant by "induced ovulation".
Thanks for the clarification Gaye....so yes, keep her indoors so those Toms cannot get to her.

Katie
post #18 of 23
I would just keep an eye on the runt and make sure it gets plenty of food time.

I have two kittens at the moment (rescued strays that I'm socializing). One is half the size of the other one. You can clearly tell who was pushy. The runt has microphthalmia; basically, one eye is mal-formed and smaller than the other normal one. Other than that, she's more playful and more inclined to follow me around than her bigger sister.
post #19 of 23
I guess it just depends.

My Petals was Lilos' runt.

No one wanted her because she was so small. Trust me though she did not lack in the beauty department.

So after all of Lilos 6 (she had 7 but 1 didnt live past 2 days old) were given away to the best homes... she was left. And we were more than thrilled to have her as a part of our family. She has always been very healthy and full of kitten energy. Just tiny.

She eats like crazy!!!
She was just weighed yesturday and she weighed 5 lbs and 2 ounces. She is 7 and a half months old.
She is tiny.
But full of some spunk.
And here she is .... Ms. Petals herself......

post #20 of 23
Festus was the runt of her litter, too. Although they started out all looking the same size, as they grew, it became apparent that she was smaller. But always full of spunk, and never missed a meal! LOL!

She isn't tiny anymore, although Garfield is a bit bigger than she is. But she is very healthy.
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by madmanmib
I was just wondering if having a runt a litter is a bad thing?
The other three look fine and healthy I am concerened about the fourth that is smaller and does not seem as well developed as the other three.

If your kittens are still nursing from their mum you can always try and get the little one to eat at a time when the others are asleep so she/he gets a good feed and doesn't get knocked out of the way by the more dominant one's also see if she/he will take to one of the lower two nipples as they have the best milk supply. Good Luck.

PS I have a runt in my litter of 4 who are 4 weeks old and he is doing just fine. Has to be the cutest of the lot.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Big-Cat-Fan
I guess it just depends.

My Petals was Lilos' runt.

No one wanted her because she was so small. Trust me though she did not lack in the beauty department.

So after all of Lilos 6 (she had 7 but 1 didnt live past 2 days old) were given away to the best homes... she was left. And we were more than thrilled to have her as a part of our family. She has always been very healthy and full of kitten energy. Just tiny.

She eats like crazy!!!
She was just weighed yesturday and she weighed 5 lbs and 2 ounces. She is 7 and a half months old.
She is tiny.
But full of some spunk.
And here she is .... Ms. Petals herself......

She is so tiny! 5lbs., my goodness! My little munchkin Graycie weighs 8lbs and everyone always freaks out about how small she is, but then again her "brother" Jazz weighs 21lbs.....
post #23 of 23
My kittens were about 13 weeks when I captured them from outside. I'm 99% sure they are littermates. They are both tabby with the same type markings, and the vet said they were the same age. The little girl was 2.5 pounds at first vet visit, the boy was 3 pounds. Next visit she was 4 pounds, he was five. Right now, at almost 5 months old, she is 3/4 the size he is. Not sure if she was the runt, of if the difference is due to her sex. The vet said she might top out at 7 pounds, and that he is likely to be a big boy. They both have health appetites, in fact I think she likes her food more than he does!

My other cat Zakk just seems small compared to Rocky- he is 9 pounds. I don't know what his nutrition was like before as he was abandoned at 6 months. I wonder if he was a runt, or what..
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