At long last,
after what seems like forever, on Bank Holiday Monday, Star gave
birth to 5 gorgeous, fluffy, happy kittens.
I can't tell you what
a nightmare it was with it being my first Siamese litter, I was
so terribly nervous that as the imminent delivery approached, I
felt physically sick!!! Luckily for me (and for Star!!) I had my
friend and fellow breeder, Lesley on hand, who talked me through
a lot of what was happening, managing to keep me 'relatively' calm.....
It all started on Sunday
night when Star appeared to lose some brown liquid.. I am still
uncertain what this was.. if anyone knows I would appreciate the
feedback.... That night and the next morning - Monday, Star was
very restless and clambered on me purring at every opportunity.
I knew something was going to happen that day....
Neil made her a cozy
little nest on the bed out of a baby quilt, which when she had a
'twinge' she gave a startled look and shot into it!!!
At 18.50 Star had a
show and her waters appeared to break.. at 19.02 she had her first
'proper' contraction.. the poor thing didn't know what was going
on... At around 19.40 a baby started to appear. Breech!!! I can't
tell you how worried I was when I saw that it was coming out the
wrong way!! However I was reassured by Lesley that this was perfectly
okay... and it was... the 2nd kitten came hot on the heels of the
first, then there was time for Star to give them a quick clean up
before the next two 'appeared'.. at 21.25 the last gorgeous baby
was born.. 5 in all!!!
We gave them around
half an hour together undisturbed before we changed the very messy
bedding and gave them some lovely warm fresh bedding to replace
it.. reheated the microwave pad and encouraged the little pink faces
towards Star's tummy instead of in all other directions!! Star greedily
ate half a saucer full of chicken... that was obviously dessert
after a main course of 5 placentas!!!!
I managed to get to
sleep at around 11pm, and stirred to tiny squeaky mewing every 2
hours, i peaked my head in the bed each time and helped maneuver
the kittens so they could latch on...