For the last 36 hours I have been online watching a young female cat (maybe a year old), be in pre-labor for a total of 4 days. Last night at about 5:30 pm she delivered the first kitten. She had a lot of problems with her first and it was touch and go for awhile. Momma (named Dorothy) has had 6 and there is question if there is a 7 or 8th; it can take up to 24 hours sometimes for the last to be born.
Dorothy was simply exhausted from her days of pre-labor that by the time her babies were being born, it took all of her strength to simply push through each contraction. Thankfully her foster mom is experienced in cats birthing and all seemed to go as well as expected. Clearly, this is Dorothy’s first litter as she had no clue what do as each kitten was born. Her foster mom tried to stay out of assisting Dorothy too much, but it became clear that she was going to have to wipe the babies faces of the placenta.
Imagine if she had been in the wild? A young cat dumped and found in a very bad state. She had been full of tape worms, the worst they had ever seen and very skinny. The outcome most likely wouldn’t be what it is today; 6 healthy kittens. It should be noted that there are 2 that are tiny and one has a cleft, just waiting to hear if it is a partial or full. Cleft palettes can be repaired through surgery. It seems the baby is finding its way to nurse as it gained 10 grams overnight.
I can’t stress enough the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The reason I am able to watch online is that there is a fed on livestream that the foster set up so that children can see and people can see the results of not spaying and neutering.
If you are wanting to watch the kittens and stay up to date you can watch http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz
If you are wanting to donate you can do so here https://www.facebook.com/LAPSlangley?fref=ts
Tiny Kittens which is the organization fostering momma and her kittens have their own webpage http://www.tinykittens.com/
Please remember, female cats can go into heat at 4 months of age; which is why we have such an overpopulated cat situation.
There are currently cats waiting for adoption at LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society) now and I’m sure waiting for you to take them home.
This is one of the babies from last night’s birth
As part of my ongoing research on educating people about the rewards of fostering, adopting and volunteering. Mama is a HUGE advocate for spaying or neutering your pets.
We received an email this morning, letting us know that today is a very special day! It is
WORLD SPAY DAY 2013!!!
We were shocked to read that up to 4 million cats and dogs are put down in the U.S. alone. Millions more suffer on the streets as strays. Canada, about 1/10th the US population, euthanizes almost 1 million dogs per year and they keep better stats. That would put the US number up closer to the 10 million.
10 MILLION! This just blows our mind! How simple it is to be a responsible pet owner and spay and neuter your dogs and cats. We know that sometimes owners want their pets to experience the process of coming into heat, being bred and producing a litter. However, there are rabbits, horses, dogs, cats that are strictly kept for this purpose! It’s just not right! So many of the pets we rescue have been alive strictly for this purpose! We have also rescued dogs who have been pregnant right up to when they were dumped at a shelter and then their babies are killed as the mother is spayed! That happened to Miss Lucy! It makes us sick that someone could be this irresponsible!
Thankfully, there are low cost clinics where you can now have your pets taken care of. The one we have used the most is Langley Animal Clinic. Their clinic is wonderful! Their primary services are spaying and neutering but do offer so many other services!
If you don’t own a pet but want to make a contribution, our organization Out of the Dog House Rescue would be thrilled to accept your donation! You can find us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Out-of-the-Dog-House-Rescue/208585425901723?fref=ts
Your donation will be used for spay/neuter surgeries and promoting spay/neuter to end shelter overpopulation and save the lives of cats and dogs. You can also help our cause by donating to a shelter of your choice.
One of our friends Rumpy T. Drummond is in a contest speaking on the value of Spaying and Neutering! Rumpy really needs your votes right now could you please go to https://petpageant.humanesociety.org/contest.html?page=viewInd&fbShow=1&votesApplied=1&id=129475&contestId=5 and vote for him! He is currently 9th and we really want to move him to 1st!