I am really a dog person. But recently this cat kept coming around and asking to "come in". Finally we let her. She was obviously not stray/feral but had not tag. We called the police and no one was looking for her. We were going to bring her to the aspca but while we waited we noticed she was the SWEETEST cat. I've "known" cats and this was one of the sweetest ones we'd ever seen. We didn't know if she was spayed but planned to bring her. Then suddenly we noticed that she had (though we had kept her indoors) swollen nipples and a large, round belly. We had her for three weeks and the vet said she probably got pregnant just before she came in. The earliest appointment for spaying is too late so she will probably have to have the babies. I think I can manage alright but I have a few concerns. This is probably her first litter (Doc said she is "just" a year) so Doc said I may have to help alot. I have read about cutting cord and tearing open sac if she does not. But my concern is which comes first? I REALLY don't want any kittens dying on me. The cord is still attached to the mother before it is cut right? Do you cut the cord first? Or tear open sac first/ and get baby breathing (i.e. rubbing, sucking our fluids etc.)..... My concern is that if I wait while the cord is being cut the baby will suffocate but someone said that the baby can't breathe untill the cord is cut. HELP! I am nervous! I want baby and mom to be okay.
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5/2/06 at 8:38pm