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    Rachael Taylor
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    I didn’t learn after my last rescue of a pregnant mom (they’re now 17+ weeks old). I adopted mom and all five of her kittens. I took in a foster cat, very pregnant mom almost 3 weeks ago. She was supposed to deliver within days according to the vet but still hasn’t. She had to confined to one room of my house because she kept going into my attic rafters…unsafe. Now she seems to be delaying birth over it…is that possible?

    #868603

    pussigato
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    Concats? Rachael,

    Do you know for certain how far along she was when you brought her home?

    I know – you want to see what the kittens will look like, what their colors will be, and to cradle the precious little ones in the palm of your hands. But that was five days ago and your Queen seems to have other plans. She doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to have her kittens. Your pregnant cat is overdue, she is taking her sweet time…and it is driving you nuts!

    The “gestation period” takes an average of 63 to 65 days. But in cats this period is variable. It can be as short as 56 days to as long as 72 days. The reason for this wide range of values is because of the nature of female cats being “induced ovulators”.

    Induced ovulator simply means that the female cat will release an egg from its ovary only after she has mated several times with the male cat. If the start date of the gestation period is not accurately known then it follows that the due date can, at best, only be estimated.

    Always seek veterinary advice if any of the following occur
    Here are the most common signs the Queen is in distress:

    Twenty minutes of intense labor without a kitten being delivered.
    After ten minutes of intense labor a kitten or a fluid-filled bubble is visible in the birth canal, but not progressing.
    The mother experiences sudden depression or marked lethargy.
    Elevation of body temperature exceeds 103oF (39.4oC).
    Fresh blood discharges from the vagina for more than 10 minutes.

    You call the vet. However, if she’s not in obvious labor, it’s hard to tell whether she’s having difficulties.

    let’s us know how you’re doing.

    PG

    #868650

    Rachael Taylor
    Participant

    12 hours ago she went into active labor and within 5 hours she gave birth to 9 very tiny kits. Lots of work ahead for Momma and foster mom but I at least know more of what I’m doing this time. Now time for me to go back to rotating kits on the teets

    #868651

    Rachael Taylor
    Participant

    Since there are so many and they’re all between 57 and 75 grams should I begin supplementing them with KMR immediately?

    #868653

    pussigato
    Participant

    Concats on 9 wee kittahs. You need supplement fur Moma now because feeding 9 babies is a lot. Also, give her extra wet food. It has protein and water which she’ll be needing. I hope we get to see pictures of the new family. 😀

    #868656

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Oh wow, 9 wee kitties. Concatulations.
    Mama is going to need just as much looking after as the kittens, I believe kitten food is excellent for Mama cat as it is higher in food value than ordinary cat food. She will definitely be needing plenty of access to fresh clean water and maybe even goat’s milk for it’s excellent properties.

    #868657

    Kittyzee
    Participant

    You might want to get supplies for supplementing kittens as soon as you can..I don’t know how any momma cat can keep 9 kittens fed and healthy as well as herself!!

    #868669

    Rachael Taylor
    Participant

    Yep, mom has been on kitten wet food since she was placed with me. I have the KMR n bottles but they’re too tiny for the nipples I have so I have miracle nipple minis and a syringe coming today. One is fading quickly being just 49 grams today, I’m dropping KMR onto her tongue often hoping that she laps enough down to get stronger. Keep her in your blessings I know it’s a fight but I won’t give up as long as she doesn’t

    #868674

    Rachael Taylor
    Participant

    Little one passed. Her 8 siblings are doing very well 😥

    #868675

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    😥

    #868678

    pussigato
    Participant

    I’m sorry 😥

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