Originally Posted by ABK
I was not brushing off anyone. Most of the posts by TNR1 are quite similar so I'm pretty sure I got the message by now. And yes the links are helpful. Like I said before I've done quite a bit of reading.
Maybe I didn't make myself clear enough in the question. Bluebells Belly, thanks, that was more of what I was looking for. Things/ tips from people's personal experiences with their cats giving birth and such.
I have fostered a couple of mother cats and I did not have to intervene for either of them when they had the kittens...however, I did have one situation where I fostered a mom and her very young kittens and one of the kittens developed pneumonia and died.
Since you took in a cat of unknown background....I would keep your vet's emergency number on hand. When I set up my foster moms....I made sure that they were secure in a room and away from my existing cats. I found that having them contained early on actually got them acclimated to the environment. One thing I recently learned that I did not know about at the time was that instead of putting out a towel (which is what I used) or using shreaded newspaper for your mom (which can be messy) take a pillow case and place either the newspaper or the towel inside the pillow case. That way....your mom has a safe place to have her kittens. You will want to replace the bedding as soon as she stops delivering. I didn't handle the kittens right away...but gave mom a chance to bond with the kittens. I didn't use a scale to weigh the kittens progress...but would highly recommend one. I also would recommend lining up adoptive homes but waiting to introduce the kittens to their adoptive parents until the kittens are starting to wean from mom. That is also around the time that I started to trim the kittens nails (as there is nothing more painful than a rambuncious 4/5 week old kitten learning to climb up your jeans).