Kittens, kittens, part 2.
March 25, 2012 6:07 AM Subscribe
In need of young kitten help and advice please!
posted by Trexsock to Pets & Animals (12 answers total)
As some might remember (or notice), I posted about a month ago regarding the sudden, unexpected pregnancy of my young female cat and the nearby veterinary not having recommended a emergency spay. After reading all of the comments, I did wind up taking her to another clinic, looking for a second opinion, but things didn't go swimmingly (both me and the cat seemed to hate it there) and well she had her kittens about a week ago.
Birth went well, without any complications for the mother and there are now five newborn fluff balls inhabiting my house. From what I can tell, the kittens were born at a nice size/weight, and seem to be doing decently (at least they survived their most trying first week).
I am, however, going sick with worry over them:
- Although at the time I didn't catch it, a few days before birth, the mother started showing signs of being sick. Sneezing, slightly watery eyes and infrequent/rare coughing were the symptoms (I say were, because she has recovered and is now almost a hundred percent well again). Immediately, I rushed to the vet, only to be told it was most likely something viral and, as long as she didn't seem to be getting worse, to not worry about as it would go away on its own. She was not given medicine/antibiotics. The issue now is, that the kittens (at least a couple of them, not all) are showing the same symptoms their mother was: sneezing and congested nose mostly, since their eyes are still closed. Now, I trust the vet and am glad for their advice, but I am seriously questioning whether I should rush the littler to somewhere else? (Just for the record, the kittens seem to be gaining weight and getting bigger, in general).
- The mother cat seems to be full of milk, and the little things don't seem to have trouble nursing from her, however, there's a white, yellow crust that seems to have settle on the skin around her nipples, leaving me wondering what the heck it is? (Google doesn't seem to be much help here).
- Whereas the kittens looked like they were nursing 24/7 during the first couple days, they now seem to be sleeping a lot more than feeding. Not just searching for the nipple, they lay around and sleep in the funniest poses (sometimes completely buried under their siblings), which is not very concerning, if it weren't for me not seeing them nursing much at all any longer (I check on them every couple hours). It's possible I am simply missing it, but how can I tell that they are well fed? Google seems to tell me they'd cry like crazy if they were hungry, which they aren't doing... but, concerned kitten grandmother here.
This are mostly my questions. Thanks for the help in advance!