So…there is a longer story behind this but HELLO WORLD! Lucille is having her kittens today!
Allow me to post about it as it happens:
14:05 – huh, do you have poop stuck in your butt fur? Nope, that’s a mucous plug. Okay, guess today is the day.
14:10 – hey, my shirt is wet…eww. I have cat amniotic fluid on me.
14:15 – Cat is now proud owner of shirt but has decided that she wants to be on floor. Move box, blankets, and shirt to floor. Sit on floor.
14:23 – kitten #1 is born. we have one widdle white kitten! Breathing and trying to nurse.
14:45 – kitten #2 is born! Another white one. Lucille is cleaning everyone (including herself) off with a look on her face like, “So much too do! So tired!” Poor thing, this birth crapola looks horribly uncomfortable.
15:11 – Lucille is still cleaning up while the two little wet-white-lab-rat-looking things are nursing (or trying to anyway). Mama Lucille is still working on the disposal of the placenta. There are noises….and smells. At this point I want to call my mother an apologize.
15:15 – I was just about to write how it would be so great if she only had two kittens (and if that is the case then wooohooo!), but she just did that *freeze & far off stare* that is fairly indicative of a contraction….but who knows, aftershock?
15:51 – I offered Lucille some canned food, water, and then some warmed kitten milk replacer. She refused water, ate some of the food and nommed most of the warmed kitten milk. She is snoozing intermittently while the two white kittens (rats) nurse. Everyone seems healthy and calm.
16:07 – white kitten #3 born!
16:11 – Lucille continues to clean the poor wee rats and take care of….uh….the other gross stuff. I would again like to commend any woman who propagates their species this way, it looks like hell.
16:20 – white rat #4 emerged breech and was fighting the membrane to breathe. That was a little freaky……but it’s okay now. Still waiting on the placenta to birth.
16:24 – okay, I’m just gonna say it, white kittens come out looking like a horrible melding of a chicken and a rat.
16:36 – Lucille drinking some milk replacer. Poor girl is so tired.
16:47 – they have all latched on. She is just so tired.
In case you’re wondering about the colored dots on their heads. Red was kitten #1, orange #2, green #3, and blue #4.
17:11 – since kittens have issues regulating their body heat I cleaned out all the wet bedding and Lucille was underwhelmed when I took her babies. But now they are all warm and dry and sleepy.
It is with a lot of laundry that I now leave you. There *may* be another kitten on the way, but for now….now they rest.