On Thursday, I could tell she was really uncomfortable. She also didn’t want me to leave her that day. Since her arrival, every time I go into the room she is in, I pet her and talk to her. On Thursday, as I would go to the door to leave, she would grab me around the leg with both front paws. It was VERY hard to walk out after that. Let’s just say I got behind on several things on Thursday because of sitting in the floor with Glimmer. I have been told and have had the experience of pregnant cats becoming very needy of attention when they are extremely close to giving birth. I thought all day on Thursday that the bitties were nearing arrival. But no.
On Friday morning, I went to the kennel and checked on Glimmer first. She greeted me and I filled her food dish. I was in and out of her room a few times as I worked. Then, on one of those trips in, there it was - a kitten. She was cleaning it frantically. There was only one problem. She had given birth on a blanket in the middle of the floor instead of in her special “birthing box” I’d set up for her with soft clean towels. I had a boarder showing up at that very moment, so I left her to take care of business (mine and hers). When I returned she was frantically cleaning a second kitten. Oh, dear. So I let her finish with this second-born, and then I moved both newborns and mom into the clean cozy birthing box OUT of the middle of the floor. She promptly picked up one of the kittens and carried it back to the blanket. I started having a conversation with her about this and reached for the baby when she shot back and grabbed the other kitten. Back to the blanket with this one, too. OK. Well, clearly THIS was the chosen spot. I didn’t want to stress her. So I hurriedly placed fresh clean towels on top of the blanket (this blanket had been on the floor for a couple of days to be washed in the next load of laundry). This seemed to suit her.
I had more kennel business arrive. When I returned there were two kittens with mom, one of which had JUST been born. Ahhhhhhhh! We were missing one! And there it was. As she had rotated around and around on the towels and settled to birth the third kitten, she had inadvertently pushed one of the babies off the towels onto the floor. So I spent the next ten minutes building a fortress around Glimmer and her towel-covered blanket. Finally we had it. She was satisfied with this arrangement, and so was I.
By noon, there were six little sparks of light. No stillborn. None seemed weak. All seemingly healthy, strong, TINY bitties. Three black & white. Two stripeys. One tabby & white.
Once I was sure the litter was complete, I moved the box TO Glimmer and her chosen spot. I was able to whisk away the wet towels and blanket that she used for birthing and place everybody into the dry clean box. Now Mom couldn’t accidentally push a baby away and onto the floor. Boxes have sides, unlike blankets. I knew the next 24 to 48 hours were critical. I knew that just because everything looked good at the moment didn’t assure continued Life. But it is now Monday. And we still have six healthy, strong, TINY bitty sparks of light. Couldn’t wait to share them with you. They are PRECIOUS!!!
Younger Daughter stopped by yesterday to see them. I had her hold them in groups of three to try to get close-up shots. Unfortunately, these are a little blurry. But I feel certain you will ooh and ahh nonetheless.
Have a great day!