Yesterday february 8th Ronja gave birth to two beautiful kittens. Sadly it was not a normal delivery, but mother and kittens are doing well. They are two females, kitten 1 has a medium coat, a threequarter/long tail and straight feet en was born 7.15 AM. Kitten 2 has a medium coat, a short tail with a kink at the base and straight and was born 10.58 PM. At the beginning the delivery was easy and after a couple of contractions kitten 1 was born (tail and hindlegs first, this was a breech birth). For Ronja no problem to deliver.
Then the waiting began. My vet thought that Ronja had 3-4 kittens with her, so there had to be born some more. But I was waiting until the afternoon and nothing was born. There was a lot of movement inside Ronja’s belly, but there weren’t any contractions. At 3.30 PM my vet came and after inspecting and manupilating Ronja, she told me there were more kittens, but they were vey high in the womb. To be sure she left a couple of oxytocine-shots (to stimulate contractions) behind. At 7.00 PM I talked with my vet on the phone and we decided I would gave Ronja the firts shot. I did not work at all. We decided to wait and see what will happen.
At 9.00PM I was phoned by my vet and she told me she talked to a professor at the University of Utrecht and she adviced to give another shot. When this shot didn’t work Ronja would have to deliver by C-section before midnight. At 10.30 PM I went with my husband, Ronja and kitten 1 to the vet’s clinic for the C-section.
After making a X-ray, we discovered that there was one kittenleft in the belly of Ronja. We were very surprised, because we expected more than one kitten. At 10.58 PM Ronja gave birth to kitten 2. Luckily this was just on time, the kitten had been defecated in the womb. I liked it very much that my husband and I could witness the C-section, so I could take over the last kitten and take care of it. Thanks to my vet Renee Burger (and assistant) for the great help, guidance and right procedure! Ronja was doing great and she is a fantastic mom. She protects her kittens with her life, but I can be close with her and the kittens, that’s so special. She is such a sweetheart!