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Liliya Gives Birth

How many of you have said “Breeding would be such a fun job. I would love playing with kittens all day.”  And we would have to agree with you for the most part.  But then there are those times when it is not fun; it is sad–very, very sad.

Lily gave birth to six kittens on July 22. Five are beautiful healthy kittens all weighing over 100 grams at birth.  But then the last kitten was born. Jim is the midwife and I am the assistant.  When he helped bring this little guy into the world, Jim said to me, “this one is very small.” I rubbed him off, put iodine on his umbilical cord and then weighed him. He was only 58 grams. All the “books” say anything under 80 grams probably won’t make it.  But we couldn’t give up on him.  We tried to get him to nurse on mama. When that didn’t work, we tried bottle feeding. He wasn’t strong enough to suck on the nipple. We took him to the emergency clinic in hopes they would help us with tube feeding.  He was too little.  So we fed him with a syringe every two hours for four days, hoping and praying we could see a weight gain. He was a feisty little guy and seemed to have the will to live.  We tried so hard and so did our vet.  But in the end, it was not to be.  We love you, little grey kitten, even if you were with us such a short time!

And we love your siblings too. In two weeks they have more than tripled their birth weight! Lily gives us a great variety of colors.


Alexei (Alex) Male cream with white


Georgiy (George) Male red point


Syuzanna (Suzy) Female Blue Torbie


Maxim (Max) Male red with white


Juliya (Julie)Female silver point

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  1. theworstat

     /  August 8, 2017

    So sorry about the baby. That’s so sad. But the others are beautiful.

  2. Oh my! They’re so lovely!

  3. Vicki

     /  August 8, 2017

    God bless the little guy.

  4. Julie Ropp

     /  August 8, 2017

    Sorry about your little grey kitten. I’m sure that’s really hard!

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Sandra Rasmussen

     /  August 9, 2017

    I was so sorry to hear about the little kitten who died. It sounds as if you tried everything possible to save him. The other kittens are adorable.

    Sugar is a sweetheart. She is eating better now that I am burying treats (about 6-8) into the wet food. Right now she is curled up sound asleep. Yours Truly, Sandi Rasmussen >


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