Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kittens are arriving!!

We got home from doing some shopping this afternoon, and when my husband went in to visit Dolce, she was lying on the blankets under the shelves in the laundry room. She normally greets us at the door, trying to escape into the rest of the house. A little while later, I went in and lay down on the floor in front of her. She was lying on her side looking quite uncomfortable. It was quickly evident to me that she was in labor! She seemed to be comforted by me petting her head and stomach, so I kept her company. At 6:22 p.m., she delivered her first kitten - a little black and white one weighing 2.6 oz. The second kitten was born at 6:53 weighing 2.7 oz. The second kitten seems to have clubbed back feet, although s/he has no problem finding the nipple. Dolce has been wonderfully maternal, washing them off and nursing them. At 7:12, the third kitten was born, a cream colored beauty with a zig-zag tail and *6* fingers on the front paws. A Hemingway kitten! There is definitely at least one or two more kittens to come, based on the lumps in her belly, but she seems to be taking a break.

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