Amy you have one crazy house full of kittens now You have a big heart
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4/30/06 at 2:04pm
Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45
I know some may think I'm cruel hearted, but when you have a situation like this with very weak kittens and the fact they are not eating properly or eliminating properly AND most important the mother cats reject them....its usually for a very good reason.
|We put ourselves thru a lot of pain that could be avoided if we would pay more attention to mother nature.|
Originally Posted by gayef
I wholeheartedly agree. And while yes, there are those who would find this cruel and uncaring, it is not at all. It is survival of the strongest, the ones who are more apt to make it and while it isn't pretty nor is it pleasant to experience, it is a fact of life.
Again, very well said. It is so wonderful for all of us to think of little, cute, snuggly kittens running and romping all over our homes. But the sad truth is that not all litters go smoothly, not all litters are healthy and not all kittens will survive.
I am sorry you are having to go through this. It is never, ever easy. It is heartwrenchingly sad and it doesn't seem at all fair. Please know that you can only do what you can do and then leave the rest up to Nature.
As far as your question about washing them ... they are very weak right now and batheing them might just be the straw that breaks the camel's back. I wouldn't risk it right now.
Originally Posted by AMYSCRAZY
I got up at midnight to feed the weakest two and the smallest (I named her Molly) was dead. I wasn't shocked but I was sad The other one I named Macy ate really good and eliminated. I put her back in the carrier with a rice sock and a soft blanket. When I got up at 3 am Macy was dead. Before I burried them I cleaned them up. They both had mis-shapen heads Clearly it wasn't meant to be and at least they are not suffering. The two others are doing great and have almost gained an ounce each. They momma is taking good care of them.
Originally Posted by Charmed654321
Hmmm...How do you know the 4 kittens she came in with were only 2 weeks old? Since cats can get pregnant very soon after giving birth, is it possible they were older than you thought when you got them, adding two weeks to that, and a few days extra (people will say a cat is 2 weeks old when it really might be 2 weeks and 6 days), the two weeks (or has it been 14 days or a bit more) you've had them, which in some ways could be stretched, and assuming since she's young and in a safe place she might have had these new kittens a bit earlier than normal...
Especially if they were a week and a half or so older than originally thought, and perhaps not grown as well as they should because the mom did not get proper nutrition ...
Assuming all that, if you do the math, allow for an early birth, could she possibly have been in a 2nd pregnancy when you took her in with the babies and that's the litter she gave birth to?
Vets and others can be wrong in aging cats and kittens, it's not an exact science.
Just a thought.