With Belle being so super pregnant for the last week I have been locking the two girl kitties in my bedroom with me at night. Just incase Belle goes into labour in the middle of the night, I don't want her to be hiding under the sofa or somewhere that I can't get to her.
So sure enough, at 3:30 this morning, I woke from a troubled sleep to realize that something disgusting had just brushed against my foot. I tore off the covers and there was Belle giving birth in my bed!!!! So I jumped up and quickly carried her to her birthing box in the bathroom. She strained and meowed and freaked out when I tried to leave, so I stay with her. The first baby was an all black one, but despite my best efforts he didn't make it. He never took his first breath and Belle had no interest in him right from the start. Soon after there was another baby born, and it was moving and rearing to go. Its a black or gray one with white on it. The next one born was a white/creamy/orangey? little loud one.
Belle was not happy with the birthing box at all, and attempted to climb into the litterbox repeatedly. I finally had to take the lid off of it and flip it upside down. So, of course, both kittens and Belle are covered in icky litter. I told you all the miracle of life is disgusting! lol
Belle has finally calmed down enough for me to leave the room and update on here. She's still in labor and I wouldn't be surprised if we end up with 4 living kittens. I'll let you know later in the day, since I'm going to be in the middle of cleaning my bed and the labor room for the next few hours.
Well, I guess it turns out that Belle was just very very fat and not so super pregnant. As its been 2 hours since her 3rd kitten was born, I think its pretty much over. The first live kitten is defintly grey with little white markings, and the other one is kind of an orangy white. The orangey one isn't doing so well, I'm worried that we might end up with only one that makes it through the day. Purrs and prayers for momma Belle and the babies.
Orangey one didn't make it. I am having strong doubts that Belle is a suitable momma kitty. I don't know if it was just poor genetics and thats why all her babies are died or dying. Or if its because Belle isn't taking care of them. She hasn't seemed to bond with any of the kittens and leaves them as soon as the door opens. She doesn't cuddle with the last baby either, and she seems much more interested in leaving the room rather then caring for the baby. I'm very surprised since Belle has always been excessivly motherly to all the other cats in the house. I'm exhausted and sadden, so I might not blog for another few days. If the grey and white one makes it I will take photos and I will blog about it.
After checking in on Belle I was unable to locate the last remaining kitten. This is the one that had seemed the strongest right from birth. However, Belle had buried the baby in the litterbox. I don't know why she did that. Its really hard to anxiously wait weeks for new life to come and then to have it go so tragically wrong in such a short period of time. I don't know if there was something wrong with these kittens genetically that caused Belle to reject them. I'm hurting a bit now, so I'll blog in a few days.