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Babies died. :\Okay,

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
so Marva, a rescue cat at the shelter, gave birth on the 4th to three beautiful babies. They were doing really well. I checked on them last night before we locked up, and all three were nursing and cuddling up to mum, as happy as could be.
So this morning, I go into the Nursery to clean in there, and I go to check on them, and the two mackeral tabbies had passed away, and the orange female was almost gone, she died about 15 minutes after I found them.

Now, they looked healthy and fine last night, what could have happened that they drastically got sick like that?

Marva will be going in for a spay as soon as her milk dries up, but she seems really upset right now, just lying all curled up by herself.

Here's Marva, the day the babies were born.



And the babies, yesterday. Rest in Peace, sweet little angels.
post #2 of 20
I'm so sorry.....oftentimes it is unclear why a kitten will die when it was thriving the night before. Sometimes these little ones just fade. Give mom a great big hug.

Katie
post #3 of 20
I'm very sorry to hear of the little ones passing
post #4 of 20
Go out and buy a few small stuffed dog toys and give those to her. That may help her get over the grief. Indiscrimate breeding of cats outdoors, this is a sad part of the reality of that. Kittens just die, with no clue as to why.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Well, we've let her out of where she was, and into the big nursery room, and she is with about 20 other kittens and two other mums (some of the 20 are theirs) and she is nursing a few of them, but she still seems really upset. We are not sure to leave her there with the kittens for a bit, and then seperate her so her milk can dry up, or what. :\\
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Leto86
Well, we've let her out of where she was, and into the big nursery room, and she is with about 20 other kittens and two other mums (some of the 20 are theirs) and she is nursing a few of them, but she still seems really upset. We are not sure to leave her there with the kittens for a bit, and then seperate her so her milk can dry up, or what. :\\
I would seperate her and provide her the dog toys like Hissy recommended to allow her milk to dry up.

Katie
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
Alrighty. I'll do that first thing when I go in tomorrow. They don't have any dog toys, but I can take in a few small stuffed animals.
post #8 of 20
Ahh RIP little angels!! Hope mama will be alright....
post #9 of 20
Aw, I'm sorry for what happened to Marva's babies..Poor things.
post #10 of 20
i Felt sorry for what happened
post #11 of 20
I'm so sorry about what happened. For Marva's sake, it is very important that she is spayed immediately. Spaying is what will actually cause her milk to dry up. Otherwise she can get mastitis from not nursing because her hormones are still telling her to produce milk at full tilt. In addition, the hormones cause her maternal instinct and this is why she is depressed. She will be much, much better once she is spayed so it should be done without delay.
post #12 of 20
I am so sorry RIP little
post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 
I moved her into the office, where there are no other cats, other than Adele, a 8 month old kitten that was also pregnant, but aborted her babies. And 3 12 week old kittens that have flooded out due to no room anywhere else. :\\

But she is doing better already. She wants to be petted and sists on the couch in there, instead of curled up in the corner by herself.

She will most likely be scheduled for a spay next week.
post #14 of 20
I'm so sorry to hear about the kittens passing
post #15 of 20
I am sorry about your kittens, I lost one of mine yesterday morning. I am sorry about your lost
post #16 of 20
Sorry to hear about the little ones. Without knowing the background of mom and what circumstances she was against when getting pregnant (or what she was internally carrying at the time), its hard to say what killed the kittens.

Perhaps it was genetic, or something passed on to them by mom.
post #17 of 20
I'm so sorry. A reason is because the mom accidently was smothering them while they were sleeping. We had a small box full of 6 kittens and there were a lot of times were I had to save the kitten from almost suffocating.
post #18 of 20
I am so sorry for your loss. My foster kitty from last summer lost 3 of 5 kittens. They were apparently healthy. The litter she had at my house was the third in 6 months! I think sometimes there just wasn't enough in the Momma to keep the kittens alive.
post #19 of 20
It is always sad when we think kittens are doing well and they pass during the night. I have experienced this as well and I offer my condolences and a big hug.

Treat mama really good and lots of love for me!
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Leto86
so Marva, a rescue cat at the shelter, gave birth on the 4th to three beautiful babies. They were doing really well. I checked on them last night before we locked up, and all three were nursing and cuddling up to mum, as happy as could be.
So this morning, I go into the Nursery to clean in there, and I go to check on them, and the two mackeral tabbies had passed away, and the orange female was almost gone, she died about 15 minutes after I found them.

Now, they looked healthy and fine last night, what could have happened that they drastically got sick like that?

Marva will be going in for a spay as soon as her milk dries up, but she seems really upset right now, just lying all curled up by herself.

Here's Marva, the day the babies were born.



And the babies, yesterday. Rest in Peace, sweet little angels.
I am so sorry what as happened. They are happy now. get some stuffed animals for her. I hope she is alright.
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