Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
|Purred: Mon Mar 23, '09 5:15am PST |
|Okay, just a little background to start with. This isn't my "first rodeo" (Yeah, I'm from Texas, lol we say that). I have birthed 8 litters in the past two years...8 different animals, never the same one twice. I have my own handful of animals here, which are all spayed/neutered, but it seems the strays spread the word that my house is a great hospital. They show up here pregnant all the time. I bring them in, nurture them, birth them, raise the babies to about 12 weeks, and find homes for everyone, including mama.
Now, two Mama's showed up here recently at the same time. One a definite Siamese, the other just a gray short-hair. The gray one, Gracie, seemed MUCH further along then the Siamese, Sami. I brought them both in.
Sami went into labor yesterday morning. I thought this to be very early, as she has no milk in her breasts whatsoever, and she was very small. I believe this is her first litter, and I'm guessing based on experience she's probably a year old or less.
She had 5 kittens yesterday, and sadly, one stillborn. She wanted nothing to do with the kittens. My husband and I had to clean them, get them breathing, cut the umbilical cords, all of it. She did not eat all of the placentas. We left them there for a bit to see if she would, as I know this is vital for the nutrients. No luck.
She acted like she wanted to move them. We tried several nesting boxes. None of them she liked. When she tried to move them, I thought maybe she was uncomfortable, and if that would get her to do her Mama thing, I'd let her move them to a safe place of her choosing. She'd pick up a kitten, walk 3 or 4 feet, and drop it. Go get another, drop it somewhere else. This was not normal Mama behavior.
I went to Petco and bought KMR and baby bottles. I am hand rearing the kittens, feeding every two to three hours. I feed as much as they will take, once they let go, I don't push anymore. Their tummies are full. I also stimulate, and they're all both urinating and defacating. Everything looks normal.
I keep them warm right now with something a vet suggested, a "water momma." It's a gallon jug filled with steaming water, wrapped safely in a towel. They seem to like it, and their mouths and bodies are warm.
I also burp after bottle feeding. I also keep them clean with a warm washrag (not too hot!) They are right now in my laundry basket inside a dog kennel I have in my home. They seem good, and act like normal kittens. Momma doesn't seem to care that they're in there. She goes outside, and doesn't fight to get back in, I have to bring her in myself.
However, when they cry when I feed them, she's all over me. This is the only time she shows any concern about them at all. She won't feed, clean, stimulate or anything else, but she hates their cries.
I guess I'm asking if I'm doing everything right here. If she absolutely refuses, I have to keep them fed, warm and taken care of. I don't feel comfortable turning them over to her, considering she won't do anything.
Also, before some of you ask...I did try seeing if the other Mama cat would take to them. She has plenty of milk in her breasts and should give birth any day now. She tried to kill them. Won't work.
Thanks for taking the time to read! I appreciate any helpful tips/suggestions.
Edited by author Mon Mar 23, '09 5:24am PST
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