More Kittens

Tia has successfully delivered seven kittens, though some are very small and therefore not entirely out of danger yet. Lhasa is due imminently…

As promised, this is just a quick post to let you know that Tia had seven kittens yesterday morning.  This is our biggest litter so far, but I’m not entirely sure that all seven are going to survive.  The smallest was only 52g at birth and in spite of top-up feeds was down to 50g this morning.  Three of the seven are still 60g or below (60g having been the smallest survival weight we’ve had in the past, with Hailey) and one is 64g.  The other three are perfectly normal weights and should be fine, but I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed for the tiny ones.  On the plus-side, they are all active and squeak if Tia sits on them, so they seem strong enough at the moment.  As long as I can keep getting some food into them, hopefully they will eventually start latching onto Tia properly.  I have no idea on genders or colours at the moment except that we have at least one boy and at least one girl and that one is a chocolate tortie of some description and two are spotted.  Beyond that, I’ll reserve judgement until their colour develops further.

Tia curled up in her nest box with the seven newborn kittens tucked into her tummy
Tia with her seven kittens yesterday

The chocolate tortie kitten in my hand
The chocolate tortie (kitten 4)

Lhasa is still busily nesting and looks absolutely enormous, so I hope for her sake that her litter arrives before too much longer!

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