Is there a good chance that i might loose my females babies during delivery or is it a small percentage...?
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7/5/06 at 4:15pm
Originally Posted by Pami
My mother kitty had her babies 3 1/2 years ago. I, too was so scared. I had no idea what to expect. I had never been around anyone having babies before. I read constantly on everything I could find. And when I read of things that "could" happen, it freaked me out more.
When the day finally came ....(which I didnt even know "exactly" when it would be because I found her as a pregnant stray.) .....she crawled into my lap and started panting and pushing while in my lap.....and that freaked me out too .......... so I put her into her bed I had made for her and watched her deliver 4 beautiful babies. Everything went fine.
One thing I would strongly advise tho from reading all through these threads is if the mother will let you, handle the kittens as early as you can. Since she was a stray, I thought she would beat the * out of me for touching her babies, so I waited until about 2 weeks before I was brave enough. I wish I would have earlier. Now that I know her, i know she would have let me and I think her babies wouldnt be so shy around other people. I kept all her babies because I fell in love with them and to this day, her babies will only come to strangers after they have come to the house many many many times. Im pretty sure it was because I didnt socialize with them for 2 weeks. Thier 1st vet visit they were labled feral ..... but their 2nd to a different vet they were labled the "most sweetest kittens they had ever seen" and 2 people there even wanted them ...... but I kept them .....
anyway .....hopefully it will all go well ..... and make sure you gets lots of pictures they stay little for such a short time. again Good luck !!
Originally Posted by Beckiboo
There is always a possibility of something going wrong. You know the saying, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I have had many foster cats over the past two yeats, and I have lost one kitten at 2 days old...and 3 others for various reasons. It does happen.
I have also had many healthy litters, and many babies who grew up to be happily adopted into homes. I don't know the percentages, but I know that having a vet willing to see the kitty if she has trouble during labor is a big help. Being sure she is fed good kitten chow helps, too. My Momcats have been strays for the most part, and mostly I have had good healthy babies.
Originally Posted by Jen
When the kittens are born, keep them with her at all times unless she shows agression towards them. She will nurse them, stimulate them to go to the bathroom and clean up after that. You are feeding her good quality kitten food right? If she was all starving when you found her, it is important that she eats a high quality nutritious food.
Kittens should be with mom until they are at least 10 weeks old. Keep the mothers food and her litterbox (non clumping litter or Yesterdays News) near her and the kittens so when they are ready she can show them how to use the box and they can start snacking on her food. If you don't already, offer her wet kitten food which the kittens will start eating sooner then the dry food. She will show them all that. You just need to clean up after mom, refill their food and give them lots of love, assuming everything goes alright.
Mom can be spayed when the kittens are about 8 - 10 weeks old and they are basically done nursing (they can still be snacking occationally). This way you can take them all in to get spayed and neutered and vaccinated and everything. They are all going to need to be done before going to new homes. Are you keeping any of them?
Originally Posted by joeman11
KCM I know how ya feel... its just a headache! the part about reading all these bad things that happen and u think all of them will happen to you.