Hi, sounds like you are in for some fun!! Just a note; be Super careful with
giving them as Christmas gifts. NEVER give a surprise kitten fro
christmas...ie. make sure if you're giving it to a child that the child's
parents know and are fully aware of what they will need/need to do to care
for her/spayinbg costs.I know you probably know this, and aren't stupid :)
Christmas is just a danger time as something like 80 % of 'christmas gift'
kittens are dumped after christmas. Make sure you stress to the recipients
that if they have ANY trouble whatsoever to give you the opportunity to take
the kitten back instead of dumping. The last thing you want is for your
carefully raised little babies to get dumped and die as a result of a simple
but frustrating problem such as inappropriate piddling!! Keep in touch with
the new owner, and the minute they start having any problem, come and ask
us, there are plenty here who would be glad to help!! All the best!! And
keep in touch :)
"mljack04 via CatKB.com" <[email protected]
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> Thank you so much. I believe this is her first litter when we got her she
> not much more than a kitty herself. We are getting her spayed asap!!!! And
> are giving them as possible Xmas gifts. SO we will get them their first
> as part of the gift. We did end up with 8 kittens but momma is doing very
> well and eating properly.
> I think I am as tired as her. She loves me and my husband coming in and
> petting her and scratching her and when we go near the kitties she just
> over and has no problem with us.
> Her mother instinct is great when a towel gets soiled she herself wads it
> and pushes it to the side then we replace it.
> Thank you so much for your input and concern.
> Wendy wrote:
>>> Our lil darling just had kittens starting at about 10 this morning it is
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>>> with NEW towels etc. But they sure are cute.
>>> Thank you in advance!
>>This probably isn't her first litter so she should know what she's doing.
>>More than likely she's done with 7 but there is an outside chance there
>>more. She should be back to a pretty normal activity level - grooming
>>herself, eating and drinking, cleaning up and nursing her babies. If she
>>isn't taking proper care of herself call the vet. It is normal that she
>>some bloody discharge for a number of days after the birth. If it is
>>excessive call the vet. Were you able to check to make sure she delivered
>>placenta for each kitten?
>>Give her a nice, quiet, clean place to nurse her babies. She should do her
>>best to clean up after herself but the towels will still get blood stained
>>so don't use the good ones. She should let you change the towels if they
>>really gross. I used to put an old receiving blanket on top of the towels
>>catch the worst of it so sometimes I just had to change that. You want to
>>keep the disruption of the litter to a minimum but still keep their area
>>Feed mom kitten food. Feed her wet food as well as leaving dry available
>>the time. Also have plenty of water available and of course her litter
>>Nursing this many kittens is going to take a lot out of her so buy quality
>>The kitten's eyes should be opening around 10 days - 2 weeks or so. If it
>>goes much past that call the vet.
>>Mom will start weaning them sometime around 4 - 6 weeks. With 7 it will
>>probably be sooner than later but there is no hard rule. She'll wean them
>>when they are ready. If she seems to be having trouble feeding this many
>>can supplement with KMR (kitten milk replacer available at places like Pet
>>Smart). Before going ahead and doing that call the vet. Bottle feeding
>>kittens is a little tricky. If the kitten aspirates any formula it can
>>develop pneumonia and die so don't do it without instructions. The vet
>>be able to cut the hole in the nipple to the proper size too as they don't
>>have holes in them when you buy them in the store.
>>Mom will also show them how to use the litter box. Have a box that is low
>>enough for a 4-5 week old kitten to climb into. Mom will clean up after
>>until they pass Litter Box 101. If they are walking (not just toddling)
>>able to get into the box, you can take each kitten and gently scratch
>>front paws in the litter. They should figure out the rest pretty quickly.
>>You should be able to handle the kittens (just not excessively or you'll
>>p*ss off mom). Wash your hands before doing so.
>>click on kitten development
>>Once the kittens are eating on their own, and pretty much weaned,
>>by 8 weeks) separate mom to let her dry up and then get her spayed ASAP.
>>Hopefully she'll be able to maintain a healthy weight nursing this many.
>>This is going to take a lot out of her and not something you ever want to
>>put her through again.
>>Please make sure that whoever adopts the kittens can be trusted to get
>>spayed/neutered and not let them have more kittens. There are far too many
>>kittens struggling outside to stay alive to have more when it can and
>>be avoided. If money is an issue have them google for low cost spay/neuter
>>and they can find what's available in your area. I'd provide some links
>>I don't know where you are. Please let them stay together as a litter
>>they are at least 8 weeks old if not a little older. They learn important
>>social skills from one another and will be better behaved cats if they are
>>left together long enough. Many breeders don't adopt their cats out until
>>They will need their first shots at 8 weeks. Don't let them go longer than
>>that. I've seen panleukopenia and it isn't something you want to risk.
>>I can't stress how important it is to get them neutered. I volunteer for a
>>rescue groups and spend all year gathering up strays from where they are
>>trying to scrape out an existence outside. They eat garbage, get killed by
>>cars, raccoons, fox, people, get poisoned, get abused by demon spawn
>>children who think it's sport to torment them. We're having a race with a
>>raccoon at the moment to see who can gather up the kittens first. This is
>>right behind a restaurant in a suburban shopping center not out in the
>>sticks. Who would figure they have a resident raccoon - but they do and
>>he's been seen dragging off the little kittens. It's a horrible existence
>>and even if we were able to gather up all of them there aren't enough
>>to go around. For every kitten born to someone's pet and placed in a home
>>there is one less home for the ones already on this earth struggling to
>>live. <stepping off my soapbox>
>>I hope all goes well with your family. If you see any of them seeming to
>>lethargic or 'off' please consult the vet.
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