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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2007, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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First Litter

Hello All,

This is my first post as my I have recently had the joy of my first litter of kittens. My momma gave birth on Friday to what appears to be 3 healthy kittens, and I was a little curious about the runt.

I'm certainly not worried about our little runt, but was wondering what should concern me about a newborn that is a little weaker than its siblings. You see, this runt always seems to be at the bottom of things with the other kittens sleeping on top of him when momma goes to get a drink, or when they are all suckling up to momma's teet. Its always the little guy that seems to be discomforted when they're sitting with momma.

I know its perfectly normal for there to be a runt in every litter, and it is our Mom's first litter.

Can anyone from personal experience or knowledge tell me if/when I should be worried about our littlest, or anything I can do to make extra sure they all get a good start?

Thanks for your replies,
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2007, 02:48 PM
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Hi there - Welcome to PT. Be sure to introduce yourself and your fur babies over in the Introductions forum so everyone can give you a warm welcome!

If he's "discomforted" - he may very well be hungry. Or, he could simply be a more vocal, whiny baby. LOL
You could intervene now and then, like putting him up with Mama to nurse while the other two are sleeping (even help him get attached if he seems to need it) - maybe do that a couple times a day. And when it's time for them to start eatting big kitty food, if he still needs a helping hand, be right there to make sure he gets his fair share.
Make sure he doesn't get dehydrated - you can check by gently pinching and pulling up a little on his scruff - when you let go, the skin should bounce right back. If he gets dehydrated and seems to be struggling, you can always give him bottle feedings now and then too.
People always say how the "runts" make the best pets. IMO, that's because from early on, they've been handled and helped along more than the others.
Keep us updated, and post some pictures for us !


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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2007, 03:37 PM
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Just keep your eye on the runt,he should be fine.Make sure he is getting his share of food.Runts often grow up healthy,they are just smaller.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2007, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the warm welcome and quick replies.

I will keep an eye on the little guy for now, and I'm already moving him around a little when he cries to keep momma from shifting all the others around, and making sure he gets his fair share of boob - it always seems that there's 2 kittens trying to share 1 nipple!

Attached is a picture of them, with the redhead to the left of blackie and the runt to the right.

More cute and adorable photos of them to come
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2007, 07:11 PM
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2007, 10:35 PM
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awwws!! so cute!!! I def. agree w/Sharon and just keep an extra close eye on the lil guy
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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Well, its been a couple of days and the runt seems to be coming around just fine. Momma is getting into the habit of leaving them alone for short periods of time, maybe 10-15 minutes, and as soon as one cries, she's in there to check out the situation, but when they are alone, the other two will lie on top of the runt to keep him warm, and its just too cute. Otherwise, the runt has started to learn his way around mom a little bit and can more easily get around to feed or be off to the side or whatnot.

The biggest problem was right after birth, momma was tired and couldn't always find a way to lie down to accomodate all 3 kittens as she decided to give birth in a drawer, so one was always crying and making her move, and it seemed like runt just couldn't get lucky with it. But all seems ok now.

The only other problem I have is I bought a camcorder to capture all of these precious priceless moments and it seems to have problems connecting to the computer to make dvds.....bah.
small problems.

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