Newborn Kittens

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My Cat has just had kittens , she had the first at 6pm .
I'm just wondering how long I should give her after the first til the last ?
I have left her alone for now as she was eating the after birth <boak>

She was pregnant when I got her & yes I will be getting her neutered

Anybody ???

Hi OP, it's difficult to say really! Could be several hours until she's finished completely, but I would expect to see not much more than an hour between kittens. Do you have any idea how many she's expecting?

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 22-Nov-13 19:04:24

The rules are she should not strain (push) for more than 2 hours, a mid-greenish discharge is normal, black, dark green or fresh blood are not normal.
So if she strains or more than two hours or has any of the abnormal discharges you should call the vet immediately. Do you have the out of hours number? And do you know where you would need to go?

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 22-Nov-13 19:06:44

Flank hadn't posted when I had. In case you haven't meet me before I'm a vet. The instructions I have given you are my professional advice based on more years of experience than I am prepared to reveal.
Up to two hours of straining can be normal. There can be longer gaps between kittens, it is the straining time that is important.

My apologies Lone, I was more thinking of the average expectation than the safe limit. Sorry OP, please don't worry if she's more than an hour, I just meant to get across that they don't pop out one after the other apart from my last litter where two came out tangled together

How is she getting on?

Thanks for the replies smile

Lonecat Yes I have spoke/seen you about before , I have just had a much needed name change

Flank Thankyou

She seems to have stopped now and is feeding all three kittens & they are all screeching and moving .
I didn't know how many she was having though she was extremely big , the kittens are quite big as well

X post! Wow hasn't she done well! 3 in an hour and a half! Do you know if it's her first litter? I'd be surprised if it is. She sounds like she has it all in hand smile

No its not her first litter but its definitely her last smile

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 22-Nov-13 20:08:21

Are you keeping them?

What colours are they?

I'm keeping one as she is one as she is so timid hopefully she will come out of herself more iyswim .
2 are black and one is grey and white , mum is Maine coon cross

Scrap that one is black with tabby tiger stripes , one black with white paws & the other is white and grey

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 22-Nov-13 21:03:11

Ooh black with white paw paws

The Black & Tabby one is strange .

It has a black back and then tabby and black stripes , I've never seen one like this

lljkk Fri 22-Nov-13 21:07:16

Pictures! Squeee!! We demand piccies. [peeved smiley MNHQ won't give me]

cozietoesie Fri 22-Nov-13 21:15:58

Sounds a bit like the Mom before last in the Critter Room, Ood. She had two pure ginger legs and the rest was dark/mixed. The eggs sort of got mixed up, I think. (There's a specific name for it but I forget. Someone else may remember.)

cozietoesie Fri 22-Nov-13 21:28:10

Mosaic/chimeric cats. (I remembered.)

I promise ill stick pics on at some point tonight

cozietoesie Fri 22-Nov-13 21:47:46

Good stuff.

Has she cleaned them up nicely?

Yup they are all nice n clean smile

I have put them in a nice clean bed n she has eaten and wolfed down lots of milk & water

ancientbuchanan Fri 22-Nov-13 22:36:59

Ooh. I so want a kitten. But DH hates cats and not sure what the jrt would think.

cozietoesie Fri 22-Nov-13 23:03:59

Poor lass - she'll be hungry, thirsty and very very tired. And she's got a few rough weeks ahead of her still. Good on her, anyway.

chickydoo Fri 22-Nov-13 23:05:31

Well done to all wine how lovely

She won't let me get any pictures right now so will try again in the morning smile

cozietoesie Fri 22-Nov-13 23:30:32

That's best. She'll want to put her best face forward.


I'm assuming she looks as if she's finished?

Yeah she has finished thank god

She has had a wander about , though she yowled at me to sit with them & then wandered off grin

Scarletohello Sat 23-Nov-13 00:29:28

As thanks for posting, love a good kitten thread! Hope they are all ok, please do update us and post pics too! smile

cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 07:33:22

........though she yowled at me to sit with them........


lljkk Sat 23-Nov-13 09:45:56

We are their loyal servants, after all. grin

cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 11:45:01

It's one heck of a compliment, actually.

We are their loyal servants, after all Very true grin

Pics have been added

cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 11:48:05

Gosh - they are big!

I thought they were , she was huge so i was expecting more than 3

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 12:36:44

Blimey, they are big kittens. She's going to be knackered feeding them.

cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 13:03:37

Have you got any boys among the three?

I didn't think you could tell yet blush

I'll have a check in a bit smile

Why'd you ask ?

cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 14:33:16

Idle curiosity. I'm guessing a boy and two girls.


Her last litter was 2 boys & a girl so im told .
Will try & remember to look later

lljkk Sat 23-Nov-13 17:24:14

Awwww.... mum's a fluffy cat isn't she without being true long hair? We have one like that, gorgeous.

DidntBadWolfDragOn Sat 23-Nov-13 17:31:31

Aw..... smile I want to see more of the black/tabby one. In those photos he looks like my huge tabby. His back is black, his underbelly is ginger and the tabby stripes a tabby mix.

By the looks of it they are all boys and covered in fleas

Yes she is semi long hair , her brother is proper long hair with a skunk tail grin

Yeah the tabby one has a black back then black & tabby stripes

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 18:34:42

Fleas? You need to get something from the vets ASAP. Fleas are dangerous to kittens.

Oh crap .

I never new that , I know my cats are or were last fortnight flea free

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 18:44:39

Yep, vets tomorrow. You'll need to treat the house with indorex spray too & hot wash everything washable plus Hoover everywhere .

No relaxing Sunday for you sad

I won't be able to get to the vets until Monday , what will the vets give me ?

WaitingForPeterWimsey Sat 23-Nov-13 19:22:57

Lovely photos smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 19:46:24

Don't know, but I know it's important.

They've not got much blood in them, to be losing it to fleas plus the risk of infection from all the little wounds is worse for them than an adult.

Lone would know what to give, she's a vet.

Ok thanks

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 20:07:02

Pets at home vets open a Sunday, it saved me loads when our cat got into a massive fight on a Sunday morning.

I still think about the £60 it cost me though angry

The nearest PAH to me is 15 miles away & I have no transport sad

Also need to find a blinking cat box as mine went walkies

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 20:18:44

Oh bugger.

I wish lone was here. All the vets seem to go to the doghouse section.

I think you can bath them, if nothing else it concentrates them to the head and you can pick them off, they are difficult to squash, I press them on a hard surface with my nail, that seems to do it.

Can you treat the adults?

cozietoesie Sat 23-Nov-13 20:19:16

Check with neighbours etc. A surprising number of people have a cat box knocking around somewhere and would be happy to lend it.

WaitingForPeterWimsey Sat 23-Nov-13 20:30:29

Pm lone, I think

I'll get to a vet at some point this week

Last time I had kittens they had a check up at a week old & I mentioned to the vet they had fleas & she said nothing could be done until they were weaned

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 21:53:12

I think that's changed now, I just need to find that thread....

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 23-Nov-13 21:55:16

Thanks Fluffy

EustaciaVye Sun 24-Nov-13 09:12:49

The flea thread was mine. They cant have frontline combo until 8 weeks / 1kg. My 9 week old was not heavy enough so the vet sprayed her with Frontline spray. I hoovered everywhere and sprayed with Acclaim.

We then spent the next few days picking live, dopey fleas off her. Her ears had been totally white when we brought her home, now they are nice and veiny.

About a week after her treatment I found a lively flea on her and completely lost it. I found a frontline pipette and put a tiny dab from it on her neck. About 1/5 of the pipette. I havent seen any since but I would not recommend it really as I think they can overdose.

Good luck getting rid of them.

EustaciaVye Sun 24-Nov-13 09:15:32

I think they can be sprayed from days old. Def worth checking with the vet.

Our kitten is small and I am sure the fleas didnt help. She has noticibly grown in the last 2 weeks.

sashh Sun 24-Nov-13 09:47:23

If you have a 'vetinary hospital' they will be on call over the weekend. There are 2 in Wolverhampton where I live, they look like normal vets but have to have 24 hour cover to use the 'hospital' tag.

Cats protection also have a help line.

Oh and mum should not be drinking milk, unless it's cat milk.

I have an appointment with Vets for Pets at the end of the week

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