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stir crazy



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:26 pm    Post subject: kitten advice  Reply with quote

We took in a cat a few weeks ago. she has been housebound since we got her while she got use to us. took her to get her speyed and she is in kitten. vet reckons she has 2 weeks ish to go.
anyone got any advice? we are keeping her in and gonna make her a bed to have them in - not sure if she will use it though, keeping her out of wardrobes and feeding her well. also how long do the kittens stay blind for and what happens about them needing to go to the toilet.
foals are a lot easier im sure
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watch her carefully as my experience has been that she'll try and find a new birthing location (usually a very difficult one to find till after the fact! )

I think ours eyes were closed for about 10 days. The Mama cat will care for the toilet activity for at least the first several days (cats are actually very clean) and they eventually will gradually start going in the bedding. I'd suggest having a cat littler box (a toilet of such) in the birthing area not only for Mama to use, but she'll teach the kittens as well.

Foals are a LOT easier! But the miracle of birth is still Very amazing...Congratulations!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything Rena said!

Not ever experienced cat actually giving birth in the house, but a stray gave birth in the bramble hedge outside my kitchen.

We located where they were and carefully brought them in the house (kits still blind) and mother cat followed no problem, although she wouldn't let us touch her.

We made a 'kennel' from a large lidded cardboard box, lined heavily with newspaper, and only a tiny entrance hole so she felt safe, and apart from leaving food, water and a litter tray, which she used from day one, just basically left the rest to her.

I think she might use a cardboard box like that for giving birth if you leave it somewhere quiet. (we've plenty in shop at the moment if you're passing   )
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with what rena & seabird have said  - especially renas  bit re foals are easier !!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a couple of cats that had kittens and mostly, they like to do it all themselves.  We were able to sit with ours and keep an eye on thing.  With our old cat, she had her last two so quickly, she didn't know which cord and afterbirth to sort out first so we did one while she did the other, which she was happy to let us do.  Some won't let you near them so best to just leave them alone.  

You need to keep an eye on her to ensure she isn't having difficulty passing a kitten - if she seems to have been pushing for a long time with no effect, might be worth alerting your vet but I've not heard of this happening much with kittens - puppies yes but not kittens.

I agree with everything Rena and Seabird said too - have a litter box near the nest.  The kittens we had started using it as soon as they were able to get to it, although they thought it was wonderful to throw the litter everywhere!  

Weaning them is fun - you'll need a good kitten milk such as Lactol to start with and let them play with that and then a good kitten food to squish up, with a bit of Lactol in it to get them on to solid food.  If you use a dry food, soak it in water for a while before feeding it to them so it's soft and squish it all up finely.

Ask your vet for worming advice as well - I can't remember how we did ours, it's nearly 30 years ago since we had a litter of kittens!  
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck
How many of the kittens have the children claimed as their own yet?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: kitten advice Reply with quote

stir crazy wrote:
anyone got any advice?


Yep!

Bag...........brick...............canal    
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Re: kitten advice Reply with quote

Woodsmoke wrote:
stir crazy wrote:
anyone got any advice?


Yep!

Bag...........brick...............canal    


WOTCHIT YOU!!!            
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: kitten advice Reply with quote

Seabird wrote:
Woodsmoke wrote:
stir crazy wrote:
anyone got any advice?


Yep!

Bag...........brick...............canal    


WOTCHIT YOU!!!            


Ooo! You rotter!    
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks heaps for the advice - still no activity but we have 'nest' ready.

everyone says we were silly to not get rid of them 'how ever will we rehome them?' simple have their bits dealt with and then being on an 18acre smallholding we always need mousers so I imagine they will all stay. having her bits done asap afterwards though
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know a lady who takes in cats and has upwards of 14 or so.  Whenever she takes in a pregnant one, she keeps the kittens and has them all spayed and neutered as soon as they're old enough.  Great when you've got the room!  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: kitten advice Reply with quote

Woodsmoke wrote:
stir crazy wrote:
anyone got any advice?


Yep!

Bag...........brick...............canal    



That is terrible, throwing litter into our waterways...... litter - d'ya get it        i'll get my coat  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:04 am    Post subject: Re: kitten advice Reply with quote

HonkHonk wrote:
Woodsmoke wrote:
stir crazy wrote:
anyone got any advice?


Yep!

Bag...........brick...............canal    



That is terrible, throwing litter into our waterways...... litter - d'ya get it        i'll get my coat  

**grooaoaoan** I thought I was bad...  
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

  Sitting here breathing in the Widnes air mate, does thing to ya    
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HonkHonk wrote:
  Sitting here breathing in the Widnes air mate, does thing to ya    

I always hold my breath when I have to visit, mind you, I only live 4 miles away - you have to watch out for westerlies!  

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