Saturday, March 28, 2015
Happy Birth Day Kittens!
I've been getting signals from MommaKitty since fairly shortly after she showed up that she was ready to give birth to kittens, but she kept not doing it. I was hoping once again she would give birth overnight but when I showed up on Saturday morning - no kittens. She gobbled her breakfast down and nothing really seemed out of the ordinary. Her stools were a bit soft and smelly so I grabbed a sample and took it down to the shelter.
When I got home I was tired so I went to take a nap. I asked my husband to check in on the her and if she was with kittens to let me know but if not to let me sleep. He didn't show up so I took a nap. I woke up and we watched a little tv, and I went down to give her some dinner and check on things. When I showed up she didn't come out like she normally does. I looked around and called for her and I could hear her purring. The cat condo was way from the cabinet so I had a feeling she was in there, so I took a peek..
She didn't hop out when I found her, and I heard a squeak, so I immediately shut the door and went upstairs for my camera. I was so very glad she went into that side of the cabinet with the highly washable fitted sheets that I use on the futon as opposed to the other side which has two large hand made afghans, because she made an absolute mess.. there was blood and afterbirth everywhere.
After I pulled the sheets out I saw two kittens, one riding on the back of the other. The cabinet was a mess, so I decided to pull the two kittens out and put them in the basket I bought just for this occasion. MommaKitty followed them, and I saw a third kitten, so I took that one too and reunited the family.
I cleaned up the mess and put a towel down in case she really wanted back in the cabinet. While I was cleaning things up, MommaKitty started having contractions again. I talked softly to her and patted her head and her belly and pretty quickly a fourth kitten popped out. She jumped right in and started cleaning it.
I watched MommaKitty start to clean herself up, so I assumed she was done birthin babies.. I patted her and took a bunch of photos and then tried to clean up a bit. MommaKitty seemed to be looking at the cabinet, so I decided to try to put her babies back in there and see what happened. I picked all four up and put them on a small towel to transport them the few feet to the cabinet. MommaKitty jumped right up and ran over to them and immediately attempted to pick one up and when she did she ran it back to the basinette.. which made me laugh, and I gave her back her other kittens and apologized for interfering and got up and gave her a can of food.
I set the dropcam up so you can get a good view into the dropcam if you want to check in and see them. There will be a whole lot of nursing for the next couple of days.. weeks probably.. One of the kittens seems a bit smaller than the others, and one seems a bit bigger. I didn't bother to look 'under the hood' to see what we have for genders, I'll do that when I change out the bedding which will be sooner rather than later.
Let the fun begin :)