Originally Posted by Godiva
It's just going to be an explosion of kittens! LOL
When your queens were first time mothers, did they have any problems? Did you have to help them? I hear conflicting advice on what to do... sit there with her the entire time to help if it is her first, or just let her be, even if it only her first litter. I think I'm going to stay with her regardless, but I don't want to mess things up.
Also, were the kittens still in the sac when they delivered, or did it vary? Some sources say that they are delivered in the sac with the placenta, others say the sac and placenta follow the kitten.
For the other grandmas/grandpas-in-waiting on here, here's a good site I found:http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/delivery.html
First time mothers still have very strong instinct and usually will have no problems. The thing I would watch out for is your cat delivering inside the litterbox and burying the kitten. First time mothers sometimes don't realize they just had a kitten and not a BM. I would stay with her but try not to interfere and give her as much privacy as possible. I have found that the more you interfere, the more nervous the mother gets and the harder it is for her to push the kittens out. Some come out without the sack on and some fully encased in the sack. If you see legs sticking halfway out, don't interfere unless you know for sure the mother is just too tired to push and is giving up. You would be surprised how long a kitten can be stuck halfway out! I've had kitten halfway out for over 1/2 hour and they were fine when finally coming out. It's hard not to panic though. I have to force myself to back away and let momma relax.
The best person for the job is momma cat so try to remain unseen unless she wants you right there.
Once the second kitten comes out, you can handle the first kitten to check it over. That's if your not making momma nervous. I wouldn't handle the kitten untill momma is busy with the second or she will get nervous and worried when you take the kitten away from her.
Of course, if she completely ignores the kitten then you must take it away and remove the membranes, from the face and cut the cord about 1/2 to 1 inch away from the belly and give the kitten a rubdown with a soft cloth to stimulate breathing. Then put the kitten with her on her nipple to get it to nurse. The nursing will stimulate her contractions and make them stronger for the subsequent kittens. Also, feed her the placenta which will help her to contract.