My cat, "little Girl" did really good giving birth to her baby's. She had three with no trouble but number four gave her trouble. Number five came out quickly but Mama didn't seem to care and went on cleaning herself. She stayed with those kittens all night in the big box I had made up for them. The next day she didn't come out of the room but stayed with her little ones. I had to do up her food and bring it in to her. She got up and ate all her nice meal and went right back to her kittens. I was following the directions of the Vet's online and the book on cats & dogs written by a Vet. Because she was such a young mother they (book and online) said she should be fed well so that she will be strong and her milk will be plenty. Also that the baby's will benefit from it. I made up a meal of brown rice, and eggs and chicken, or brown rice, Salem carrots and so on, every morning and lunch, or morning and supper. Meanwhile she also had her dry cat food and fresh water out all the time. At night I gave her a little saucer of milk. Very small saucer of it. So all was well in that department.
Back to Little Girl and kittens. So she stayed with them all day and they ate all day. When I got into bed last night she jumped up on the bed and started to snuggle me like always but as soon as a little whimper came from the kittens, she jumped off the bed and went right to her baby's. All was well through the night. Kittens quiet, and mama staying with them. Early this morning Little Girl jumped on my bed to say hello and snuggle a little. The baby's started crying and I expected LG to jump off the bed and run to them. She didn't ???? They cried louder, nothing, LG didn't budge an inch. I got up and went to them, one was dead in the box.............................:-(
I took it right out and as she watch and I quickly removed it from the room thinking she'll get in the box now and start nursing them. By the time I got back to the room a second kitten was just about dead. Also it was plain to see LG was not going to nurse her baby's. Again, removing it, I left the room shutting the door so LG would not be following me but feed the remaining the last two who by now were crying quite loud. When I went into the room, one of the baby's was removed from the box and placed bleeding right near the door. I thought at first LG had done it. I was shocked !! What was going on here ??? The black kitten that was left was crying and all I could think was.....I've got to save this last one. No one was home to help me. I had to do this alone and right. I found a clean syringe and warmed some milk and worked very hard trying to feed this little thing. He did get some in his little mouth then fell asleep. I had him on a clean white cloth with same over him to keep him warm. Now that things had quieted down some I took the cat that was bleeding out of it's wrap and closely examined it. Blood was oozing from it's behind.
I check the other two, same thing. The Mama had not hurt them, they were bleeding internally. After awhile the last one that was sleeping let out a little squeak. I went to him and patted him a little. He seemed fine, just resting. I wondered what I would do when the family members got home. Take the kitten to the Vet. Get her to feed in intervieniously, buy the right kind of formula and a better syringe ???
All these things were going through my mind as I slowly lifted the cloth that I had covered him with to keep him warm. Another shock!!! Blood was coming out of his little hinny. They were all bleeding internally and finally the last little guy died.
Email to my daughter that morning.
All the kittens are gone. I'm almost positive that it's not Little Girl's doing.
I don't think her milk dried up. It's a long story and I need to do lots of research but......blood was coming from their little rear ends.I just looked at these pictures again and I see that two of the kittens in every picture are not eating. I did not keep checking on her yesterday. They were all quiet and she stayed with them.
Don't kittens just keep nursing on their mama all the time when their so new ?
I think they do. The one with the tan on it's head was dead when I went into the bathroom. The one with the gray died next. See, those two are not eating. Then the one with the black hair died. The blank one hung on the longest and died at noon. Little Girl sensed something was wrong and then stopped nursing. I have to look all this information up tomorrow. Right now I have a very bad headache from crying all day. I took such good care of my cat and her kittens die. Gypsy was so neglected and her kittens lived. What a life.I'll be fine.....Little Girl will be fine.
I just need to dote on her a bunch and continue to love her the way I have right along.
There is more to come about what happened next. :-)