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We\'re having kittens!

Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
edited 24 September, 2008 in Kitten Corner
We picked up our newest foster this week. She is a pregnant tortoiseshell Cornish Rex. She isn't in great condition (fleas, a hairless throat from a tight collar, ,whiskers have been cut off and a bit underweight) and was treated badly by her 'people'. Despite this, she is SUCH a lovebug. She likes to crawl up on to my chest and nap. It seems like she used to get attention by being naughty- she nips feet when she wants attention. We're hoping to show her that that isn't necessary. We think the kittens are about a week off. I am so excited, and so nervous! I've been reading up on what to expect, and the worst case scenario instructions have freaked the heck out of me! We've got her set up in the foster room, and set up a couple of nesting sites in there. She is eating her kitten food like there is no tomorrow.

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  • Stephanie NikolaiStephanie Nikolai Member Posts: 355
    edited 8 August, 2008
    OMC Suey, Momma wishes she was near you, she loves cornish rex cats, and wants to find me a sibling that is a corish rex. And the momma cat is a torti too! My Momma wants to fly to your house right now... you better post some adorable pictures!
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 8 August, 2008
    Pepper, we will be in photos a-plenty mode in the coming weeks!:)):)) We're not sure how much Cornish Rex Evie actually has in her. She has the curls on most of her body. It feels amazing, like wool! She is such a darling girl, we feel so lucky to have been able to offer her a safe place to prepare to have her babies.
  • Alexis McCabeAlexis McCabe Member Posts: 942
    edited 9 August, 2008
    yay! and good luck!
  • Faye DufourFaye Dufour Destrehan, LA/New Orleans areaMember Posts: 4,648
    edited 9 August, 2008
    Evie: We are sending MASSISVE amounts of purrs that all goes well with you when your kittens decide to arrive. You are so lucky to have gotten into a wonderful foster home where you and your babies will be safe until you adopt people. All of us (and our meowmy) CAN'T WAIT to see the babies Purrs, Emma Barrett, Louis Armstrong, Benny Grunch, Pete Fountain and Charmaine Neville|:|
  • Jack's PackJack's Pack AustinMember Posts: 4,608
    edited 9 August, 2008
    Evie is simply gorgeous. I'm sure her babies will be too. We'll keep our paws crossed for a smooth delivery and purrfect forever homes for the whole family.
  • Cathryn McKayCathryn McKay Member Posts: 175
    edited 9 August, 2008
    Good luck on your new kittens;c; We were a handful, but had no mama and had to be bottlefed. Now we are over eight weeks old=D>
  • janice lancasterjanice lancaster temple gaMember Posts: 2,505
    edited 10 August, 2008
    good luck to you, Evie, and we can't wait to see. I really enjoy seeing all the kitten stories here. Meowma says that she wishes she had room here to foster a pregnant mama.
  • Donna LenzDonna Lenz BethelMember Posts: 4,600 ✭✭✭
    edited 10 August, 2008
    We can't wait to hear about it! And take lots of lots of pics of Mom and the babies! How exciting!!!!!!!!!! Mom would love to foster a Momma cat again!
  • Tara WTara W St. PaulMember Posts: 939
    edited 10 August, 2008
    All of the cats throughout my life have been rescues and (I guess luckily) none have ever been pregnant and they were spayed/neutered quick quick once they decided to live with us. That said, I always wished I could have given a home to a momma kitty just once. But it wasn't in the cards I guess. I am thankful that growing up my family was willing to take in as many strays/rescues/ferals that we did. We topped out at 11 cats at once. And I feel like we did our part to help control the cat population by quite a bit. But still... kittens would have been a joy just once.
  • DONNA KELLY-BIRCHDONNA KELLY-BIRCH kenoshaMember Posts: 1,018
    edited 11 August, 2008
    You are such a pretty girl!! Good Luck with the babies, and you know where we are if you need any advice. Mama thinks you have more than a week to go from your pictures, but you could be having a small litter. Either way, don\'t worry to much about what could go wrong. Odds are everything will be OK.|bb|
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 11 August, 2008
    I think you're right, Quincy. The rescue said they thought it would be between 1 and two weeks, but I think it may be a bit longer. I'm thinking of taking her to Fui and Suey's regular vet, to see what she thinks.
  • Jack's PackJack's Pack AustinMember Posts: 4,608
    edited 21 August, 2008
    Any news? It's been almost two weeks since your original post and you mentioned that she may be due in a week. PS: Mom was thinking you resembled a Devon Rex. That's her favorite kitty breed.
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 23 August, 2008
    No news yet! My foster mum says I seem to be making a nest, but that could just be wishful thinking!!!
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 25 August, 2008
    I forgot to mention last time, Vita, my foster mum has been in contact with some Corninsh and Devon breeders inher search for the tattoo meaning, and they have all said she is probably a Devon too. It will be interesting to see what sort of coat the kittens have. If she mated with a moggy, the coat will apparently be straight, but if it was another Devon, it will be curly. I just hope they're healthy! I've been sleeping a LOT the last 36 hours or so, and not eating too much. Foster mum has read this can be a sign labour is close. It's exciting! Having said that, foster mum could find an indicator that labour is imminent in anything I do. She is nuts:))
  • Annalisa Conserti-JonesAnnalisa Conserti-Jones Member Posts: 5,234
    edited 26 August, 2008
    Evie, no matter what their coat will look like, I'm sure you will have some beautiful and healthy kittens. :)
  • Stephanie NikolaiStephanie Nikolai Member Posts: 355
    edited 26 August, 2008
    Man! I saw that the thread was bumped and I thought you finally had those cuties! We will keep on waiting patiently to see pictures... No matter what we are purring that they will be healthy and happy, that's all you need (although if they were curly I bet adoptions would go VERY fast). Good luck Momma Evie!
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 27 August, 2008
    If the kittens and I come through this safe and healthy, then all my foster mum's prayers and hopes will have been answered. Although, if I have a ginger kitten, that will definately be a bonus... :)) Foster mum loves ginger kitties! Pepper, I know of at least two people who have said they'll take a kitten sight unseen if they are born with curly hair. I think it's probably unlikely though. From what I've been able to find out, Rexes are rare in this country, and especially so in our part of the country. The nearest breeder is over 2 hours away. Because of the condition she was in, I think it likely that there was quite a time lapse between leaving a breeder (whether sold, escaped or stolen) and turning up at the shelter. I'd say it's far more likely she was let outside while in heat by the scumbags who dropped her off, rather than being pregnant as a result of a supervised mating. I wish I could find out what the tattoo means. So far, I've had no results from any of the vets or breeders I've contacted. The state cat club is looking in to it for me. They have been so generous with their time and knowledge, it's been great. I'm especially interested because all the breeders I've contacted have siad they would never sell a cat that was intact unless it was to another recognised breeder who had jumped through a lot of hoops, and that they weren't aware of any who were missing. Because Evie's been through the ringer already, it would be especially awesome if she could go to a home that REALLY knew what they were doing, and could offer her all the care and attention she deserves. She has some minor behaviour problems too, although they have gotten much better in the last couple of weeks. My worry is someone will adopt her thinking she looks cool, without really being prepared for her. It's probably silly. I just really want her to have the best home possible. It's a reason that I'd love to be able to reunite her with her breeder if she did go missing. These flaming cats. They slip into your heart and control your life!
  • Stephanie NikolaiStephanie Nikolai Member Posts: 355
    edited 27 August, 2008
    Whenever we have a cat that even looks like a pure breed they are adopted so fast. I am always a little worried like you, that people love the look and don't understand that a cat is more than just pretty fur. But since you are in contact with cat clubs and breeders maybe someone will come forward, definitely worth posting it to them when everyone is weaned. It always makes me happy when I see kitties go home with people that I know are ready for what they are getting and have experience with cats of all types. Anyway, I think the kittens would be so cute if they had mixed breed fur but GIANT Rex ears! I will just fall all over myself when you post pictures.
  • Shelley CoxShelley Cox CarbondaleMember Posts: 2,752
    edited 1 September, 2008
    It's Stella. Any news, Evie? We're all purring for you and your kittens!! :D
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 1 September, 2008
    Hi Stella! No news yet. Evie has 'inflated' quite a bit over the last week. She is also a lot clingier and talks a LOT. I think she is getting close!
  • Shelley CoxShelley Cox CarbondaleMember Posts: 2,752
    edited 1 September, 2008
    It's Stella. Depending on how many kittens you might be having, you might have a ways to go, because my Momcat's belly was bigger than that, but she had 5 kittens that time. Your curly hair is so pretty! Our person has hair like that and she always wanted a curly haired cat but we are overloaded with the 4 we have. Take care and be healthy, beautiful Evie! :-h
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 7 September, 2008
    I am just going to stop saying that Evie is getting close. When is it going to happen?! MOL!
  • Alexis McCabeAlexis McCabe Member Posts: 942
    edited 7 September, 2008
    Just taking your sweet time arent you Evie? I remember you announced your pregnancy right after mine were born... and they are almost 8 wks now!!!
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 11 September, 2008
    From Evie's foster mum- My goodness! The shelter said they thought she was a week or two off... 5 weeks ago! MOL!! She is healthy and everything is feeling good and healthy, so that is good. But I don't know if I can stand the suspense any longer!!!!
  • Stephanie NikolaiStephanie Nikolai Member Posts: 355
    edited 11 September, 2008
    Its good that you had this time though! You got to bond with Evie and those little guys in there got lots of nutrition and more time to grow than you thought. Hopefully that will mean that when they do come they will be big and healthy and ready to be loved up!
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 13 September, 2008
    You're right, Pepper. I was very nervous early on, that she was going to have a litter of stillborn kittens, or that they would be really unhealthy. I'm much more confident now. I think I saw the kittens moving this morning. It was hard to tell, because she has started to breathe with her whole body (if that makes sense) so her whole body looks like it is contracting. But I think I saw it! It is going to be SO hard to take her back to the shelter when the time comes. I'm crazy about her! She is the cuddliest little girl I have ever known, the ultimate lap cat. If only she got along with F&S! But I have been banned from having a 3rd cat anyway, so it wouldn't make a difference. But man I'd love it if things were different!
  • Jack's PackJack's Pack AustinMember Posts: 4,608
    edited 15 September, 2008
    OhMyGosh! It's been a while since we've checked and we were sure Evie would be a new Meowmy by now. We're anxious to hear they've made it into the world safely and are healthy. It's gotta be soon! We're still keeping our paws crossed (...getting cramps, hope we can uncross them soon).
  • Lissa NicholsonLissa Nicholson SydneyMember Posts: 1,562
    edited 18 September, 2008
    I'm starting to get really worried. Well, worried-er, because I've been terrified since she got here. Evie doesn't have any sign of milk. I took her back to get checked out by the shelter vet today, but she freaked out at the other cats and dogs, and attacked the vet. She was nearly uncontrollable, and I got pretty scratched up trying to get her settled again. Obviously, the vet couldn't check her out properly. She was so tense that they couldn't feel anything (and kept trying to bite the vet, except for when she was scratching her). I stayed with her all day trying to get her to relax, but it didn't work. They have a cat specialist coming in on Tuesday, so I have to wait until then to find out what's going on. She will bring a cat pregnancy test with her. After hearing words like 'emergency caesarean', I'm tearing my hair out. They couldn't sedate her incase she was pregnant, as the shelter didn't have the drugs that can be used on a pregnant cat. That meant no proper exam and no chance of an x-ray or scan. She is eating and drinking well, has clear eyes and nose, and good energy level, so we don't think the kittens have died inside her. Obviously I'll be watching her like a hawk until Tuesday, and if she shows any sign of deteriorating in condition, she will be going straight to my vet. Thankfully, she has calmed right down since we got home, back in my lap purring like the sweetheart she really is, not the psychokitty she was being today. Some of the possibilities they have mentioned are that the pregnancy is progressing normally, but is not going to produce milk, that she had a miscarriage at some point, or that she has some disease that mimics pregnancy. Colour me terrified! :((
  • Carli CronjeCarli Cronje PretoriaMember Posts: 4,447
    edited 18 September, 2008
    |:| |:| |:| |:| |:| to you & your meowmy, sweetie! We'll keep on looking for updates!
  • Jack's PackJack's Pack AustinMember Posts: 4,608
    edited 24 September, 2008
    Any news? |:|
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