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Originally Posted by Luvn_my_cats
My baby, Princess is almost a year old and should be due any day. I understand that a vaginal discharge is a sign of labor, but when? Poor thing, I ahve been stalking her for 3 days now!
You may not always see the discharge. Cats are usually pretty good about keeping themselves clean and your girl may tidy herself up before you have a change to observe any outward signs like this.
In the last days before delivery, you may notice that the kittens are very active, kicking and moving around a lot. Your Princess may seek out warm, dark, out of the way places in your home and choose one as her birthing nest. If you haven't already, it is time to provide her with a suitable nest for her delivery - keep in mind when choosing what is suitable as a nest that she will, for the most part, be in there 24/7 for the first 3 to 4 weeks of the kittens' lives. Whatever you choose should be large enough to accommodate Princess so that she can freely stand, turn, lay down comfortably. A large cardboard box is fine, others have used a large plastic storage tote. If you use a cardboard box, cut an opening for Princess to come and go but make it high enough so that the babies can't get out until it is time for them to. Line the bottom of whatever you choose with newspapers (a recently suggested good idea is to place the newspapers in old pillow slips) and soft old sheets or blankets. I also use old towels but as someone mentioned in another thread, the loops on the terry cloth may catch little claws - I have never had a problem with this, but I can see where it might present a concern. Once you have made a soft, warm nest for Princess, place it in a quiet room away from the normal traffic routines of your home and cover it with a thick blanket so that the opening you've made is only partially covered. Show Princess the nest and allow her to explore it at will. Hopefully, she will take right to it and have her babies in there.
|Here is what she is doing...
Laying down a LOT!
Occasional bursts of playfulness (really strikes me as odd, but she does live with 2 other cats and 3 kids)
"cleaning" around the food bowl before and after eating
being generally lazy, but still very affectionate
Sorry, but I just can't bring myself to take her rectal temp!
Rectal temp is not always an indication of delivery either. *smile* I don't mind taking a cat's temperature rectally, but then I have done it lots of times so feel pretty confident. I remember the first time though and it was a little out of my comfort zone at the time! *smile*
Most of the things you have mentioned sound like pretty normal cat behavior. I would start thinking it was close when you notice that she is digging around looking for a nesting place or exploring the nest you make for her. It's really close when you notice that she is pushing a little - she is young and since this is her first litter, she might go in and out of her litter box frequently, mistaking the sensations of the contractions with the need to eliminate. Watch the litter box closely if you see this behavior with her in the event she delivers a kitten in there.
|I am so anxious for her to have these babies that it's scary! lol!
Be careful what you wish for! *grin*
|Now, next question....
How many problems do you all foresee when considering she mated with her litter mate? They do not share ANY genetic traits except for being about 50% white....their other colors aren't even the same and I understand that is genetically determined as well. I honestly believe we have a very good chance of getting a male calico out of the two of them (which I understand to be extremely rare) but the breeding was accidental...
They are siblings? If they are siblings, they share a LOT of genetic traits other than just color. A close inbreeding will strengthen any negative genetic issues they each carry. So, if they both carry the recessive gene necessary for say ... a tail deformity, then the chances are extremely good that their kittens will all present with that tail deformity. Are your cats pedigreed? Closely inbreeding cats whose parentage and health history is unknown is very, very risky. I understand it was an accidental breeding, but I wouldn't go so far as to base a pretty sure bet on a male calico out of this litter not knowing more about the lineage of your cats, specifically, what is behind them. You have to have more information than you've given ... what color were the parents of your cats? What color were their parents? If you know the answers to these questions, then it would be easier to say a male calico is likely, but not with just what little info we have to go on from your post.
Hope this helps,