stray had kittens on my back porch ***update*** - Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
Tom Cat
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, UT ... IT'S COLD HERE !!!
Posts: 440
Send a message via Yahoo to MissAnne2u
stray had kittens on my back porch ***update***

Hi all !! Long time no chat !!

First... all my kitties are doing great. I did lose 3 of my lizards to a parasite disease this year, but still have 5 lizards, 2 snakes and my 3 kitties.

Now, a stray we have been feeding had 3 littens today on our back porch. We knew she was preggers so we put our largest cat carrier out there with a blanket in it. Came home today to a little white kitten, a gray kitten and a fluffy black kitty.

I know I shouldnt touch them for a few weeks but its so hard !! They are so darn cute.

When should I take them to the vet for a check up??
How long before they open their little eyes??
When can I actually handle them?
Anything special I should feed mom while she is nursing to assist the kittens??

Any advice you can hand out would be appreciated.

Here is a picture of them

Last edited by marie73; 09-22-2013 at 04:57 PM. Reason: title update
MissAnne2u is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 07:45 PM
Cat Addict
 
librarychick's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
Posts: 3,387
It depends on the mum. If she's friendly and ok with you then start by petting them for a few days and see how it goes. Let mum watch and see how she reacts to you being near them first...I distracted new mums with yummy canned food while I petted kittens.

Feed the mum LOTS of kitten food, like way more than you think shed need. Nursing mums should be free fed, so you can't over feed. A good brand of kitten food is best, and wet food if you can.

The little ones will open their eyes around 10-14 days, and begin crawling around shortly thereafter. The best thing to do is put them in a big cardboard box with the door cut 6 inches or so up from the ground. That way they can't climb out until they're about 4 weeks, when mum will start trying to take them on walks.

...if mum is friendly TBH I'd bring her and kittens in and set them up in a bathroom. That way you'd know everyone was safe, you could keep an eye on them...and mum wouldn't be getting pregnant again. Cats can get pregnant literally the day after giving birth. They go into a post-birthing heat. So if its possible being them in!
librarychick is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 07:51 PM
Premier Cat
 
Jetlaya67's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 3,793
They are super adorable! Thanks for helping mom cat and her babies.
Jetlaya67 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 08:03 PM
Senior Cat
 
pkbshrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
Posts: 872
They are beautiful! I'm with librarychick - any way to bring them all indoors? That way mamma won't get preggers again and you can socialise the whole family and spay/rehome mom once the kittens are weaned. Thank you for looking out for mamma puss too.

Oh and, Welcome back! Good to see you here

Jen - owned by ...

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Lisbeth
RIP Miss Effie, Mme Coco, Basil, Horse & Toby
Be Happy in your new forever home Mr Tyrion
pkbshrew is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 07:48 AM
Premier Cat
 
Marcia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 8,416
BABIES!!! Awww! and they are so cute! I agree with the other's here. See if you can get them all settled indoors where it would be safer for her. If you can socialize the kittens by handling them, they will get adopted out MUCH more easily.

Cat owners' prayer: "Lord help me be the person my cat thinks I am"
Marcia is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
Tom Cat
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, UT ... IT'S COLD HERE !!!
Posts: 440
Send a message via Yahoo to MissAnne2u
unfortunately, hubby wont let me bring them inside at all. He doesnt want to risk our kitties health should they have any diseases. I understand where he is coming frome, but I want them inside , out of the cold and weather, and also to keep momma from getting preggers again.

I've found a big box, cut a hole in it and moved everyone to it. It is in a safe place for both momma and kittens and somewhat out of the weather.

Talked to a vet last night and she thinks they are about 5-7 days old. They are so darn cute !!! I've named them: white one is Yeti, gray stripped one is Tiger and the black one is Midnight for now, these names may change as their personalities come out.

The vet said we can handle the kittens as long as Momma is ok with it, just have to wash our hands before and after to cut down the risk of transferring germs.
MissAnne2u is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-14-2013, 03:51 PM
Premier Cat
 
Mitts & Tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Arizona
Posts: 9,734
what diseases is your husband worried about? If this momma kitty is sequestered in a guest bathroom really there is not chance. About the only thing would be fleas and youd just have to give her a dose of Frontline and your good.

These kittens and momma really need to be inside unless you have a heated shelter for her to be in. They are at a critical point right now.
Mitts & Tess is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-22-2013, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
Tom Cat
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, UT ... IT'S COLD HERE !!!
Posts: 440
Send a message via Yahoo to MissAnne2u
** UPDATE ** Kittens on back porch

Well, the little white one got an eye infection and the stray Tom cats were coming around and I didnt want mama to get pregnant again, so I took them all to a shelter.

I miss them like crazy and feel guilty about taking them in, but I know Mama is getting good food and the care she needs and the babies are getting the medical attention and socialization they need to be adopted.

Thanks for all your advice in this situation.
MissAnne2u is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Cat Forum : Cat Discussion Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome