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sunshines having her babies FINALLY!

post #1 of 25
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I came home from work lookong for the cat and could not find her. She was in bed with my husband. I wanted to see how she was doing so I brought her downstairs. As I was bring her downstains she started to have contractions. I think she was waiting for me. I am still waiting on kitty #1. Feet first not all the way out yet. I have to give Mom her privacy. She was walking through the house so I had to guide her downstairs
post #2 of 25
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Kitten # 1 healthy
post #3 of 25
Whoo hoo....new babies!!! I'll check back in the morning and see how you're doing!!
post #4 of 25
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Kitten #2 healthy. Mom is doing great 2:22 am. Working on three
post #5 of 25
YAY! Cant wait for pics.
How everything going?
post #6 of 25
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Kitten #3 healthy 2:38am. She is popping them out like no tomorrow. She has not bit off the umbilical cord off the third yet. The vet says to wait one to one and half hours before I need to do it. don't know if there are anymore
post #7 of 25
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Mom is so happy. She is A good mom. I am anxious to see if there are any more. Maybe she is tired and needs a little break.
post #8 of 25
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Nope I think three is it, unless she is holding out on me. Mom is doing well. She loves being a mom. She had them behind the couch. When I saw she went back there I pulled the couch out to give her room. Didn't have time to put down anything though. My white carpet is a bloody mess. Oh well, When I put the couch back nobody will even know. Except you guys. Have any ideas on how to get blood stains out. I might just have to use bleach. I'll keep you posted
post #9 of 25
Woolite has a special spot cleaner for blood and other bio messes. It works REALLY well.
Congrats on the babies! Can't wait for pics.
post #10 of 25
congrats on the new arrivals wtg sunshine
post #11 of 25
At last your wait is over and you can breath a sigh of relief....You did it Sunshine, well done girlie! X
post #12 of 25
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O.k. You remember how I told you Sunshine had them behind the coach? I couldn't leave her there because she was right under a huge window. I didn't want the draft. So I moved her and the babies into a box with nice and soft blankets. I moved the babies first. Mom was a little annoyed. She didn't hiss or scratch but did that little cat growl. I couldn't just let her stay there though. Mom forgave me and now is purring up a storm. She lets me pet her and the babies. I have to figure out how to post pics but as soon as I do You will see some cute little kittys.
post #13 of 25
WTG Sunshine!!! Can't wait to see those babies!!!
post #14 of 25
Glad it went well
Do you think she is done then at 3?
post #15 of 25
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yep done at 3. She is very good about letting me pick up the kittys. I don't do it a lot though. She trusts me completely. We have a dog who is curious. He just smells her and them. She does not seem to mind. She lets him do it. I think she does because they are best buds. They would constantly play together until she got pregnant. I still keep an eye on him though. I make sure I give him extra attention so he does not feel negleted. i do have a delima though. Her liter box was kept in the basement and I have not taken it up yet. I don't want it to smell the upstairs. Her box is next to the couch where I keep an eye on her. I keep her food right there though. I have her not seen her go use the liter box. So I am washing her blankets to keep the area clean. Any suggestions? She is a good mom and I am very proud of her. Her babies are very unique looking (I think). They are all black except for some brown markings. How long to you keep the kittens before you give them away? I hear 6-8 weeks. My vet says the longer the better. So I am figuring 8 weeks. Sound about right?
post #16 of 25
Congrats on the babies! I think ideally it's about 8-12 weeks to find new homes from what I've read. We got our new baby at just 8 week's to make sure he was fully weaned and using the litter box well.

Edited to add: Do make sure you watch the interaction with the dog and the new kit's. I've heard a ton of stories about dog's trying to be helpful, and thing's not ending well.
post #17 of 25
Congratulations on the 3 newborns!!

Breeders usually let their kittens go home between 12-16 weeks. Shelters are usually 8-10 weeks (not completely sure?). If I were in your shoes I would at least try to keep them until 10 weeks. This gives them that extra time they need for mom to socialize them about playing to hard and such. My kittens will go home probably around 12 weeks.
post #18 of 25
Congrats on your new babies! I was looking in the paper and couldn't believe there were some advertised at 5 weeks old!!
post #19 of 25
I agree with keeping the dog away for now.... additionally you need to bring her litter box up so she will have all her needs close to her. She will be uncomfortable traveling a long distance a way from her kittens to potty and may wind up doing it somewhere you dont want her to. Then it will really smell. Just for a week or so, and just keep it scooped out and it should eliminate any temporary smell issues.

Congrats on your new babies !!!!!
post #20 of 25
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Congrats on your new babies! I was looking in the paper and couldn't believe there were some advertised at 5 weeks old!!

5 weeks is way too young. Their mom has a lot of things to teach them as well as them having optimal nutrition. The longer the more socialized and healthy.
post #21 of 25
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5 weeks is way too young. Their mom has a lot of things to teach them as well as them having optimal nutrition. The longer the more socialized and healthy.

That's exactly what I was thinking!
post #22 of 25
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Congrats on your new babies! I was looking in the paper and couldn't believe there were some advertised at 5 weeks old!!
In some states it is illegal to place kittens before 7/8 weeks of age.

Katie
post #23 of 25
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yep done at 3. She is very good about letting me pick up the kittys. I don't do it a lot though. She trusts me completely. We have a dog who is curious. He just smells her and them. She does not seem to mind. She lets him do it. I think she does because they are best buds. They would constantly play together until she got pregnant. I still keep an eye on him though. I make sure I give him extra attention so he does not feel negleted. i do have a delima though. Her liter box was kept in the basement and I have not taken it up yet. I don't want it to smell the upstairs. Her box is next to the couch where I keep an eye on her. I keep her food right there though. I have her not seen her go use the liter box. So I am washing her blankets to keep the area clean. Any suggestions? She is a good mom and I am very proud of her. Her babies are very unique looking (I think). They are all black except for some brown markings. How long to you keep the kittens before you give them away? I hear 6-8 weeks. My vet says the longer the better. So I am figuring 8 weeks. Sound about right?
First....unless you know that the people are going to spay/neuter the kittens and keep them up to date on shots...I do not recommend "giving them away". Below is an article on why it is a bad idea:

http://www.cathobbyist.com/articles/...yist/Free.html

Also...I would reconsider having her anywhere where there is only 1 door between her and the outdoors. Cats can become pregnant again as early as a few days after giving birth and we have already had a couple of instances of cats getting out accidentally and coming back pregnant. I would seriously recommend that you keep her and her kittens in a room. Once the kittens decide to explore their surroundings, you will find them getting into places you may not want them to explore and your mom has a good chance of going back into heat again and wanting to get out.

Katie
post #24 of 25
Congratulations on the new kitties I'm glad Sunshine is doing well also .
post #25 of 25
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Thanks guys I am going to take your advice on everything. As far as the dog is concerned we have that covered. Someone is always in the room where the cat is to make sure the dog does not interfere. The only place the cat likes is in the t.v. room. Someone is always in there to keep an eye watch. My husbands band had to play over at our house today. I made sure I moved the cat upstairs so there would not be as much noise. She hates it. I told my husband as soon as they are done he has to move them downstairs where the cat feels comfortable. I told them they also had to play light. So far so good.
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