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I do't know nothin 'bout birthin no kittens...advice?
September 9, 2005
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One of my cats looks near to her due date...maybe even near to her due OUR, and I don't know much about what to do or how to tell when it's completely time. I have a box and a lot of babies old receiving blankets, but beyond that I'm stuck. I know Lita just had a bunch of fuzzy darlings, and I think Kathygy said she did to...I would love some advice from anyone that knows about kittie-midwifery? Thanks so much, from the bottom of me and Icarus' heart (and preggy belly!)

September 9, 2005
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I think that mostly they do all the work!!! most of the time you don't know it's happened until it's done.

is she an indoor kitty? can you keep her confined to one room, with limited places to birth them?

it's messy - so if you are worried about where, then confine her - cuz she will seek out the most comfy place and it may be a place that isn't so great in your mind - laundry pile, bed, under the couch, etc...she will want it dark, isolated and soft and warm.

I don't know the signs, tho I remember hearing that they shed hair around their nipples more - so they are exposed, they look more swollen and ready to milk, and they tend to be more affectionate and vocal as their discomfort increases, they also start sniffing out dark corners and such.

if you don't care where she has them, then just leave it up to her - but chances are, it won't be in the box you prepared for her!!!! cats are just like that.

she will also try to keep the kittens hidden after they are born - just to protect them - but after the first initial days - handling them won't be an issue, as you want to acclimate them to being touched and handled - just go slow and don't go overboard - mommy kitty will move them if she senses too much stress.

hope this helps.

if all else fails - google.com should give you plenty of info.

September 9, 2005
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Most important question....is this her first litter? And why isn't she neutered? Is she purebred? If so, I would suggest having your vet check her over. The value of the kittens would sure justify any expense.

September 9, 2005
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EF:

Very natural occurrance. 🙂

She'll find where she wants to have the babies. IF you are worried about her ruining your bed, carpet or anything like that then watch her close and see where she is hangin out most of the day. It will probably be somewhere out of the way like under the bed, in the closet, etc. When you find the place you may cut down the sides of a box and line the box w/ shredded newspaper, old towels, whatever you don't want to keep. She may or may not accept the box. Or you can put her in the bathroom. Start that now so she will get used to it and it will not be frightening to her. Maybe behind the toilet or open a cabinet door and do the lining of shredded newspaper or old towels, etc. If you throw her in the bathroom at the last minute she may panic and that would be bad for her birthing.

After the babies are born be careful not to handle them to much. Be sure their airway is open and they are breathing. With a kleenex you can wipe the mucus off the baby's face and using a qtip or your little finger (no fingernails) just carefully open the mouth and wipe the mucus out. That is if you are there for the birth. Otherwise mom will take care of everything herself.

Happy birthday to the babies.

September 9, 2005
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You know, Mama, that isn't unlike having people babies...I think I know where she wil wnt to have them (under my daughters toddler bed), so I suppose that's easy, got the box, have people lined up to adopt them when they are ready...'m good to go!

strong, she is just a plain old black alleycat (no offense ali), but we love her and support her even if she did go and get herself in a little trouble. You know, those tomcats can only think about one thing....where did I go wrong?

September 9, 2005
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lol - love the humor - great way to lighten the day!

and no offense taken.

when I was little, there was a disco song called the alleycat and it was on a rick deez (sp?) record - alleycat and chicken fat - thank god I was alley cat - cuz my bro got the nickname chicken fat as a result - I guess I could have gotten worse!

September 9, 2005
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we had a place made and ready for when my kitty had her babies but she didnt have them any where near where we would of liked her to haha.beleive it or not my kitty got inside this huge pioneer speaker and had 6 kittens in there, and we were so scared because a, we didnt know how she got in there, and b, we were afraid she would sufacate her babies because she was on top of them, so we had this small hole we had to stick our hand in and rescue them all. but everyone is right, not to much you can do they do everything. you just have to be careful where they have them. by the way i have been feeding all 6 of the little kittens baby cereal. there so fat and cute. the mama is getting tired of them. she keeps running away. if you notice you havent seen your kitty in a while thats when you start looking because she is having the babies some where. good luck . there really fun i think .

September 9, 2005
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When one of my cats had kittens, we had prepared a box for her and put it under a desk in the corner of my bedroom. We kept putting her in it so she would get the idea. When the time came, she had been laying around for days, big as a house (a cat house?) and came to us yowling in the hallway. We when all came to see what was up, she ran to the box and had her babies. We got to watch, it seemed like she wanted us there. It was awesome. 6 little babies. I'm jealous. I loved all of those little kitties.

September 9, 2005
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He ef - my sister in law used to breed cats. One time (in band camp - just kidding) one of the kittens wasn't breathing after it had come out, and she wiped the mucus away, and blew gently into the kitten's nose and mouth. The kitten started crying and breathing! That was crazy.

September 9, 2005
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Years ago I had a cat who had kittens. She chose to have them under my bed on a part of the bedspread that was hanging down to the floor. I had a box ready with old towels on the bottom and right away took her kittens one by one to the box. I covered half of the box top with a peice of cloth. she seemed to like having a little privacy. She seemed to settle right in to her new home with the kittens. The father was another one of my cats and he enjoyed playing with the kittens. I loved that period of time.

I'm sure your kittens will be fine. It was fun to read about them. It sounds like you know what to do. Enjoy.

love,
kathy

September 9, 2005
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kathygy, your cat was so lucky...so few fathers take part these days!! LOL

Ali, that was a close call, wasn't it?

Thanks for all of the suggestions, 'm starting tho think the biggest job is getting her interested in that box and catching her in the act or before to get her in it pronto...or at least picking up all of my clothes on the bedroom floor!!!

September 9, 2005
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((((EF)))))
Lol. I hope the berphin'goes well. Its kind of exciting, and nerve rackin' Isnt it???
WEhen I stray i mentioned before had her kitties on my bed, byt the time i woke up, all the Goo and mess was cleaned up by her, well my mom washed the comforter immediatley as she is a neurotic launderer... but other than that, all went well ,and they were fine,

The atray tat adopted me and my front porch is quite a good mama, even though she is still quite young, she still nurses them, gathers them up, counts them somehow and They all sleep piled up together. its a beautiful thing to watch.
They still nurse, but also are eating kitten food and the mooshy wet food.
They all sneeze and snarf their water though, as They are not quite used to lopping it up and are still accustomed to mama Milk. its soo cute to watch.
I cant wait to hear how mant your mamaKat to be has, and what they look like.

There is a male cat who is a blonde Morris the cat type who is over quite frequently, that i suspect is at least 2 of her litters Papi's. But he is VERy weary of humans so when I appear he runs off. But its adorable ot see Baby/daddy around checking in on things.
LOL, I told MamaKat to get a job yesterday...LOL as I need to get more kittie litter and kitten Chow for all her babies. I was wondering if she could go apply for WIC or food stamps for her younginns. LOL

Im trying to think of a name for mama, I think Im goingto name her Frida, after Frida Kahlo.And since she showed up on my front orch right around the time Katrina hit, I was thinking of naming her NOLA, ( short for New Orleans, LA) but who knows, she listens to MamaKat, but its so generic, So Im not sure what ot name her, and J is looking at me with a furrowed Brow, when I mention Names, Like "If you name them, I suppose that means were keeping them????"
I just dont know. I have become attached to all of them, even the 2 that reun and hide when I appear. The two that actually let me play withthem and even let me pick them up are of course becomming my pride and joy, as MamaKat looks on with winky blinky eyes. She is no longer the attack cat that she was two weeks ago.
Anyway, I am rambling on and on today, so I'll stop fopr now.
(((((hugs))))

Keep us posted on your Mama to be!!
Lov Ya'
Ladybugaw/J

September 12, 2005
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Any news on the kittens?

September 12, 2005
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No, but the Big Mamma is getting HUGE, and she's really been eating like a horse...I think that she wasn't as close as I thought, she's just got a ton of them in there. I put boxes a few different places she frequents, and we're mostly just pacing and boiling water. 🙂

September 12, 2005
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Good luck! I had 3 cats having kittens all around the same time! 2 were strays I took in, It was really cool and we found homes for all of the kittens- thankfully and the strays as well! Makes me want a mama cat- after all of that we had her fixed. I'd loves a new kitten:) Keep us posted!

September 12, 2005
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Isn't the waiting fun???

Patience. She'll drop them when she's ready.

I hated waiting when we had kittens and puppies. Only had birthings at home one time for the dog and one time for the stray cat. Dad usually grabs our animals as soon as they are old enough to be fixed.

I used to be able to help w/ the c-sections. Oh my, what an experience. Birth is the one thing that will still bring a tear of amazement to my eye..

Hang in there EF. No different than when you had your precious little one, but multiples. And mama cat already knows what to do.

Isn't this a beautiful day.

September 12, 2005
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I remember the joyful day my kittens were born. I came home and when I opened the door I heard all of these tiny, little meows and I knew they were born. It was the sweetest little sounds I ever heard.

love,
kathy

September 12, 2005
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Flowr,

Sorry hon, I just saw your thread. When I had adopted my stray cat, I did not know that she was pregnant. She was quite slim. Within 8 days of having her, I woke up in the morning to find out 2 small mouse-like creatures, beside her in the plastic basin in my bathroom both cuddling to her nipples. So, do not worry, it will happen and you won't feel anything. The cat will do all the work as poster indicated here.

What I did is I fetched them clean cardboard box and spared unwanted towel and put it inside the box and kept them away from air current and cold. It took place in June which is quite warm. Just make sure that all the kittens are sucking their mothers nibbles, coz if them don't they are very likely to die. They are very vulnerable just like newly born baby. I had one kitten, my present kitty, which was very obedient and disciplined, with good appetite always first to suck her mom; the other totally the opposite, I really had to check on her each time and force her to her mom's nipple. If I did not do that, chances are she wouldn't have stayed alive.

By the way, I was told that if the Mother cat is pregnant, I should feed her kittens food not cats food. So, ASA she delivered, I made sure that I fed her from that moment on dry/wet food for kittens NOT cats, since she is nursing mom.

Happy delivery and tell us honey when she delivers.

It was VERY ENRICHING AND UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE to me!!!

Love, Ras & kitty~

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