Take mother cat & kittens to vet for check-up & vaccinations. Treat for roundworms. Protect their health & well-being.
First 2-3 weeks critical for mother cat & kittens. Rapid development, watch for postpartum issues. Monitor closely for their well-being.
After 3 days, kittens' eyes open, umbilical cord falls off. Normal twitching during sleep indicates nervous system and muscle development.
Common issues in kittens: intestinal parasites, infectious & congenital diseases. Fading kitten syndrome: lethargy, excessive sleep. Urgent vet attention needed.
Post-delivery is stressful for new mother cat. Hormonal changes, milk production, recovery ongoing. Monitor for severe conditions.
Mastitis: bacterial infection of milk ducts. Swollen, hot teats, refusal to nurse. Veterinary emergency. Antibiotics needed, hand-feeding kittens may be required.
Hypocalcemia or "milk fever" is rare but serious. Lack of calcium during pregnancy/nursing. Seizures, staggering, tremors, restlessness, panting. Hand-feeding kittens necessary during mother's recovery.
Metritis: severe uterine infection, veterinary emergency. Watch for foul-smelling discharge, lethargy, fever, and loss of milk production in mother cat.
The mother cat may have to be hospitalized for treatment and might need an emergency spaying. As the mother cat recovers, feeding and care for the kittens will fall to you.