I am baffled why all the kittens born yesterday didn't make it. Long story short, the cat was a stray I found outside about a month ago after someone tossed it from their car. I had no idea kitty was pregnant until she had the kittens yesterday. I suspected she may be pregnant as her tummy had gotten larger, but I had no idea it would be yesterday. She had been at a shelter for three weeks and they had treated her with antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection as well as rabies shot and a few other vaccinations.

The fourth kitten was born approx 12 hours later and was stillborn. One kitty in the litter was the runt of the litter and she didn't seem like she would make it. I tried using an eye dropper to feed them but they continually cried and couldn't seem to find their niche to nurse from their mother. I tried holding their little bodies and and gently press face near nipple but they seemed to fall off. Even the two kittens who seemed the biggest and able to nurse didn't make it.

Is it common for all kittens to perish. Did I do something wrong. I feel so badly about it but I did all I could. I even went to emergency animal hospital at 3 a.m. this morning to have the stillborn cat's placenta tied off and mother checked out. My dad came over today and picked up the three kittens and buried them in their backyard. Any advice on what may have triggered this would be appreciated. Thanks.
I am baffled why all the kittens born yesterday didn't make it. Long story short, the cat was a stray ... three kittens and buried them in their backyard. Any advice on what may have triggered this would be appreciated. Thanks.

I'm so sorry for the sad ending to this story. I am not an expert on birthing kittens, but it would seem to me that the illness, shots, etc would not be condusive to a successful birth. I hope you have her spayed when she is well and that she will become a wonderful pet for you. MLB
I am baffled why all the kittens born yesterday didn't make it. Long story short, the cat was a stray ... three kittens and buried them in their backyard. Any advice on what may have triggered this would be appreciated. Thanks.

So sorry to hear this, but I don't think YOU did anything wrong. I'm sure that she had no good nutrition through the pregnancy, she was sick and simply didn't have the ability to have healthy kittens. Please don't feel bad that you did something. It sounds like you did what you could and I am so glad you had the mom checked out. I hope she is feeling better and I'm glad she has found a home, yes?
Karen
I am so sorry about this cat's kittens. I don't know why they didn't make it, but perhaps there was a problem that had developed before you found & rescued her, since the gestation period for cats is a little over two months; 63 - 65 days, IIRC.
Cathy

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Thank you for all the kind responses. Mom seems to be doing pretty good. I'm sure she senses her babies are gone and she appears to be missing them some, but I try to give her lots of love and attention, as well as my six year old cat who still is getting used to having another cat to compete with. I feel I did what I could but being that mom was sick and medicated during her pregnancy may have been detrimental to the outcome of her babies. I will be having her spayed in March and at least she is now in a home where she will be an indoor cat and loved. Thanks again.
Was this the cat that you found and brought to the shelter, and then tried to get back and they wouldn't give her to you? If it was, how did you finally get her? I'm so glad you did get her, and that she now has a great home with you and your other kitty!
Judy F
I am baffled why all the kittens born yesterday didn't make it. Longstory short, the cat was a stray I ... up the threekittens and buried them in their backyard. Any advice on what may have triggeredthis would be appreciated. Thanks.

I am so sorry Emotion: sad ((hugs)) to you and momma kitty.
There are so many things that could have gone wrong. Being tossed from the car stands at the front of the line. Then being a stray and undoubtedly inadequate food, especially being pregnant. And then all the shelter care (while very good, surely was not good for the babies). But youdid everything that you could have done and you should not blame yourself. It's sad, but make a joyful journey with momma cat and you Emotion: smile

Hailey
This may or may not be relevant, but has she be checked for any residual infection? When I was a kid, I had pet mice. One of them was pregnant when I got her, as well as sick. I didn't know the latter though, until her litter of mice died. Turned out she had a really bad bacterial infection, and it either prevented the babies from feeding right or was passed on to the babies though the milk, or something similar. All the babies died within a day. Sadly, by the time I figured it out and took the mom to the vet she was too far gone. Apparently the infection had gone systemic.