SPCA of Northern Virginia Kittens
Kittens born April 8, 2010


We picked Abby up from the Prince George's County Animal Management Group on March 20, 2010.   They did not have enough room for her and a bunch of other cats/kittens and called local rescue groups to help.  We picked up Abby, who we knew was pregnant and another cat who already had 4 kittens.  She and her kids went to another foster home and we kept Abby. 

We had Abby x-rayed to see if we could find out an approximate deliver date and number of kittens.  It was too soon to see the babies on the x-ray but we did find out that she had been shot.  She has a lead bullet, a .22 caliber pellet from an air gun that was very apparent on the image.  You can actually feel it when you pet her.  It is located towards the side of her spine, behind her shoulder.  Because it is a lead bullet, it will have to be removed when she is spayed to prevent lead poisoning.  Someone was either trying to kill her or was using her as target practice for 'fun'.

Abby also has a small tear in her ear and a chipped canine tooth.  The vet guessed that Abby is very young and probably only about a year old.  She has had a very difficult life before coming to us.

For weeks, we waited and waiting for the kittens to be born.  I was going to Las Vegas with my sister and I had to leave for the airport at 8 am on April 8.  I thought Abby would have the kittens when I returned because her sides were not as large as other mom's that we had fostered.

Greg holding Abby for the first time
 George playing with Abby
 Abby in her favorite windowsill

As Murphy's Law kicked in, Abby went into labor on April 7 around 11 am.  I rushed to make an emergency 'den' for her to give birth in from a cardboard box that I was going to ship a gift to a friend.  Then, we began to anxiously watch Abby for the kittens to arrive.  A few frantic calls to our vet were met with calm, confident answers but after 12 hours, we were starting to get concerned.  She was panting, circling, and clearly uncomfortable all day.
  Since it was her first litter, she was obviously confused about what was happening inside her body.  She was panting a lot, walking around, trying to poop a lot and meowing.  This is Abby a little while before the first kitten was born.  Once they started arriving, she did a great job.

At 11:49 pm, the first kitten, Joe, arrived.  He was all black and so tiny.  The others followed pretty quickly on April 8 with Frank coming at 12:41 am and the other black kitten, Bob, at 1:11 am.  Abby was a great mom from the second the first kitten arrived.  She cut the cord, cleaned them up and let them nurse.  I finished cleaning them and kept them warm while the next kitten was being born.  I stayed with Abby and the kittens for another hour but had yet to pack for my trip.  By 2:00 am, I figured it was safe to leave them for a little while.

At 4:00 am, I came back into the bathroom to check on the new family and found a fourth kitten.  She had just been born and was still wet. I was very surprised.  That was our very special girl, Katie.  We weighted the kittens daily to make sure they were growing and Abby was a very devoted mother.  It wasn't until the kittens were about 3 weeks old that we began to notice problems.

Abby stayed in the box that we made for her, panting and waiting for her babies to come.  She would meow when she had a strong contraction but was very patient.
The first kitten born was Joe and he was so tiny that I had to put my floss next to him to give people an idea of his size.  The photo to the right is their first meal with Abby.  She is such a great mom and takes excellent care of her kittens.

Please remember that the SPCA of Northern Virginia appreciates any donation you are able to make.  Your dontation will help pay for these expensive surgeries and veterinary care.
Please donate to the Northern Virginia SPCA by clicking on this link. www.spcanova.org Click on the 'donate now' button on the left side of their homepage, under 'Contact Us'.  Make sure you designate the "Stone kittens" or "eyelid surgery" when you complete the donation form or the money will go into the general fund and not support this litter.  All donations are tax deductible.
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