Welcome to Cancer-Forums.net!   


Useful Links:

American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
Cancer Definition

Kittens Dying

Leukemia and blood cancer discussion.

Kittens Dying

Postby Dalphon » Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:47 pm

Our cat has had a second litter this year, a week Saturday ago. On that Saturday, i found one kitten outside, in its sack, i think it was still born, but not 100%. She had the second kitten in a box, and then abandon it. we moved the box into the bed she had made, then shut the door of that room. when we went back she had five kittens and was feeding them.

The one we moved died four days after birth, and she moved all the kittens from the bed. She seems to be not interested in them, they are crying out and she ignores them.She moved one of the kittens down stairs today, and we investigated and found another dead kitten. What can we do to help them, not sure if they are getting enough food as the mother has stopped eating.

The first litter of kittens, she did not leave alone and was constantly feeding and caring for. but she seems the opposite to these. The mother is nearly two.
Posts: 49
Joined: Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:04 am

Kittens Dying

Postby mokovaoto17 » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:12 pm

Hi Richard.  This is an emergency situation, and the mother and kittens should be brought to the vet today.  If she isn’t eating, then something is definitely wrong with her, and her life could be threatened, depending on the cause.  

The kittens are another issue.  They could be dying because they have a disease.  Common causes of death in newborn kittens are the feline leukemia and feline AIDS viruses.  Also distemper if the mother is not current on her distemper vaccinations.  They might have some congenital defect, or they may have been born prematurely(premature kittens who don’t die at birth can thrive for the first few days and then decline between 4 and 10 days old).  Or they may be dying because mother is neglecting them.  Whatever the case, a newborn kitten who does not eat every couple of hours is not going to survive for long.  If they go 24 hours without eating, chances are good they will die.  So intervention needs to be made there.  If mama will not feed them, they will need to be bottle fed kitten formula with a bottle or syringe.  

Right now, you need to put the kittens on a heating pad covered with a thin towel on low setting.  A chill is a kitten’s worst enemy.  Then, rub Karo syrup on their gums.  If you don’t have Karo syrup, mix some warm water with granulated sugar until it makes a sticky liquid and rub some of that on their gums.  This might prevent their blood sugar from plummeting, which is deadly in a matter of hours.  Then, get to your nearest pet store immediately and buy them some formula.  Kittens may be reluctant to use a bottle at first, so you may need to use an eyedropper or a syringe for the first few feedings.

In the meantime, mama should be tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS.  If positive, the kittens should be kept away from her and raised on a bottle in hopes of preventing them from becoming infected, although it may be too late(they can’t be tested for about 8-12 weeks).  The vet might also deem an antibiotic necessary for mom.  Hopefully if she is leukemia and AIDS  negative, whatever treatment the vet prescribes will have her feeling better, and she will begin to care for her kittens again.

I recommend to have her spayed 10 days after the kittens have stopped nursing.  Having more than one litter a year can rob her of nutrients she needs for healthy bones and muscles and leave her prone to malnutrition and disease.  Also, every time she goes into heat, her chances of developing mammary cancer later triple.  All this in addition to the pet overpopulation problem makes spaying her beneficial to everyone.

Good luck!
Posts: 216
Joined: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:06 am

Return to Leukemia Forum


  • Related topics
    Last post