On October the 4th around 23:00 hours Millie gave birth to 1 kitten. On October the 5th around 3:30 hours Millie brought her second kitten into the world. Unfortunately, this second kitten had a open palate and needed to put a sleep immediately. On the 5th of October at 8:30 I brought her to my vet. I feel sad about it, but I knew this could happen. Therefore this will be the last litter between Millie and Brutus. Who is to blame? Millie? Brutus? Or a combination of both? I do not know. But I do know that it is common in cats as in humans. But a kitten with a open palate isn’t something that can easily be fixed. If the hole is too large, you can’t operate and fill this hole. If the hole is small, then you could give the kitten tube feeding to a certain age and that for several times a day. This is for me - and I think many of us - not an option since I also work full time.
I've decided to keep this male kitten and Brutus will finally retire. Millie and Brutus give me - despite the kittens with cleft palate - lovely kittens. This kitten has a show length tail and a nice color and coat pattern. Also his weight is something I can’t complain about. Yesterday morning - October 5th - this little one weighed 130 grams and this morning – October 6th 139 grams. What he will bring us in the future I can’t tell for now. Again it is often a combination of several factors. You know it when you've tried a combination. What I find sad also is that he has no brother(s) or sister(s) to sleep with and to play with (when he is a bit older). Since kittens can’t keep themselves warm and mom occasionally go for a walk, I have put a warm jar in the box. On the picture you can see that he likes to sleep on it. Gladly mother and kitten are doing fine. I must still think of a nice name for this little boy.
I also have good news for those who had actually hoped up getting a pixiebob kitten. Both Macy and Maya are bred by Major. Maya will be due- if all goes well - around November 25th and Macy around December 8th. I don’t think they will be having large litters, since I control their being together. I must be honest, I prefer to have small litters. This is better for the mother and easier for me ;-). Herewith some photos of Millie and her kitten. Aren’t they lovely?
25 August 2009
It looks like Millie is pregnant. Her nipples are big and pink. If everything goes well she will be due around the 1st of Octobre. I am so excited!
More about our cats/kitten(s) you can read in my diary.
Kitten from Millie and Brutus born on 4 October 2009