Yesterday morning kitten 2 past a way also... I tried to bottle feed her, but she couldn't hold it in. Also she made bubbles and milk was coming out of her nose. I didn't expect to loose two kittens on a cleft palate (in the soft palate). So sad.... But for now I will focus on the three who are strong and healthy. Mother is doing well also. Also she is focussing on the three left.
Since kitten 2 and kitten 5 had past a way I have to rename the three kittens left to make it easier for me. Kitten 1 is and will be kitten 1. She is a short tailed female. Kitten 2 was kitten 3 and is a rumpy male. Kitten 3 was kitten 4 and is a long tailed mail.
All three have gained a lot of weight in their first few days of their lives. I will keep up a weight list for you. I also made some new pictures this morning and also on these pictures you can see that they grown a lot. Furthermore I want to thank Hennie for her support these last few days. She helped me with Millie her delivery and with the sad part....burying kitten 2 and 5...
3 May 2008
I got bad news again....Kitten 2 has lost weight. So I tried to bottle feed her and also she is making bubbles and a bit milk is coming out of her nose... But she did try to drink from moms and kitten 5 didn't. So I assumed that she was ok. My vet and I checked her palate anyway but we didn't saw anything. But then again we saw two little holes with kitten 5 after she was put a sleep. Then we were be able to look deeper in her little mouth. If she doesn't put on weight this weekend I will put her to sleep on Monday. I am so broken hearted about this. This is such a downside of breeding.
3 May 2008
Yesterday (2 May) Millie gave birth to 5 kittens just like the echo showed us. The delivery went well although she was in pain especially with her first kitten. One kitten (kitten 5) had to put to sleep. She had a cleft palate. All the milk she drank came out true her nose. Besides the little fluid she kept in came in her trachea. So she had hard time breathing. This was so sad. But it was best for her. We saved her from martyrdom. I took also kitten 2 to my vet. Kitten 2 has a blood blister where her tail supposes to be. My vet looked at it and thinks she will do fine. But of course I keep my fingers crossed. I don't have any experience in this sort of things. And mother washes her kittens and due to the washing it opens and bleeds a bit. But luckily she has no spinal bifida. I will keep an eye on her. This is the hard part of breeding and especially breeding with a rumpy. I had bought a long tailed female for him, but it seems that his tail genes (or better no tail at all) are dominant.
So far I can tell these kittens are all female. But I will take another look soon and confirm this. Kitten 1 116 gram (short tail with a curl) Kitten 2 107 gram (rumpy) Kitten 3 118 gram (rumpy) Kitten 4 130 gram (long tail)
Herewith a few pictures taken today and yesterday. Mother doesn't want to sleep in her box and decided to lie next to it.
28 March 2008
Today Hennie and I took Millie for an echo. And I was totally amazed! Millie is carrying 5 kittens! And that is a lot for her first litter. And all in good health. You could hear their hearts beating. Only I made a mistake about the number of weeks she is pregnant. I thought that she is four weeks pregnant, but according to the doctor she is at least 5 weeks pregnant. So she will be due in the last week of April. I am so curious what the combination of Millie and Brutus will bring us. Long and/or short tails. Herewith some pictures of the echo. So cute!