Saffy’s litter is born! We’ve worn a path in the carpet this last couple of days – pacing – whilst Saffy sailed very comfortably 2 days past her due date. We’d just got into the “hmm… do we call the vet, yet?” discussion when it all kicked off, thankfully during the morning about 9am. By this time though we were quite tired – having been on watch for 48 hours and taking it in turn to wake up every 90 minutes over the last couple of nights “just in case”.
The birth was a text-book example – kittens No’s 1, 2, 3, each about 30 minutes apart, then a break for an hour or so followed by one very large baby No. 4 (over 100g!) which had Saffy quite exhausted with the effort. A little calcium to help her along, and No. 5 made an appearance. Then almost without us noticing, No. 6 was born. All good birth weights. Plans to keep a photographic record of the event were lost quite early I’m afraid, as the fascinating process kept us all 100% focussed, but click on the pics in the gallery below for a full size view of things that we did manage to capture.
Some of the stickier details include:
- Yes, in case you’re wondering, that first kitten had just done a HUGE poo after being born. Better out than in 🙂
- Saffy ate at least three of the placentas – the remainder were all delivered successfully after the last kitten was born, and all were intact.
- We tied off and snipped three of the cords to help her – but the rest she had quite happily dealt with herself.
- The fourth, biggest kitten, at over 100g needed a little help to get going – he’d been in transit down the birth canal for an hour! A brisk rub with a dried flannel did the trick and he was happily squeaking away with the others.
Next update – as soon as we’ve got some routine going! By then we’ll have them marked with gentian violet (a harmless dye) and will be weighing everyone twice daily to make sure they are gaining enough weight each day and feeding well.
*** WELL DONE SAFFY! ***