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Hello, welcome to Just Answer. I am sorry to hear about the tragic death of one of the kittens, and I am sure you are very upset. Are you able to see any evidence of puncture wounds or scratches on the body?
There are no marks on the
No marks on his body at all
While this may sound a bit gruesome, can you tell if any parts of the body are a bit 'flat'?
No, he looks perfect apart from the blood with
No, he is perfect apart from the blood which
Sorry, keep sending rubbish. The blood is from his nose, his mouth is clean
Ok, thank you for the added information.I do think this case sounds like a terrible accident, and it will be difficult to determine which of the adult cats caused the trauma, but the situation sounds as though this kitten was inadvertently crushed for long enough to cause the demise. It doesn't take very long once pressure is applies to the body of such a small kitten, and without outward signs of prolonged pressure (flattening), it was likely an accident.
As much as the other adult cat is wanting to be part of this litter, I think it will be in the best interest of the rest of the kittens to prevent future snuggling.
I am in the process of separating them since at the moment it is the other cat with kittens not the mum cat, she is on the bed next to them but not actually with them?
It will be helpful to separate them as the other cat sounds like it is trying a bit hard to take over as mum, and may be squelching some of the maternal behavior in the true mother. It will be soon enough that both cats will have their fill of kittens!
Hopefully you will have two peaceful litters soon. Good luck with both cats, and I hope the rest of the kittens do well.
Many thanks for advice.
I am happy to report that since separating the 2 mum cats, everything has been fine. I now have to litters in my care! 3 x 15 days and 4 x 5 days. All gaining weight well and both mums are happy contended girls.
Thank you so much for putting my mind at ease when I lost the kitten. Although I knew there was nothing I had done wrong, I had to 'cover all bases'. I have been fostering for 5 years and have seen many litters from birth to their new homes but this is only the 2nd I have lost and this was the youngest.
Many thanks again.