And then there were none

Six kittens. One stillborn. Five born alive. None left.

They were too small. We’ve been through so many cat births in the house and we had never seen newborn kittens as small as Pepper’s. My first theory was that they were born too soon. Considering that Pepper has access to the gardens, and stray male cats can freely enter the gardens, we can’t really be sure when she got pregnant.

It’s also possible that Pepper underwent some trauma during the last weeks of her pregnancy. When Astro arrived, she started leaping up the bookshelves and windowsills just to avoid him. According to the house helper, there was an incident when Pepper failed to reach a high shelf and fell.

Or, Pepper was too young for pregnancy. Some cat sites say that a very young (or a very old) cat may have difficulty with birth with the possibility of deformed or stillborn kittens. Pepper is one year and two months old. And considering the condition of the last kitten that died, this might be the case.

The last kitten’s tummy was bloated when the house helper found it. Underdeveloped excretory system, perhaps? All five who were born alive had feeding difficulty — like they didn’t know where to suck nor how.

Sad, really. Especially for Pepper. She’s been… I don’t know how to describe her demeanor. Like she doesn’t care about anything. She’s not interested in food, she rarely approaches any one of us… I hope she doesn’t wither and die from grief.

Today’s (probably useless) links

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