We did not sleep last night.
Jossan went into a labor late yesterday evening. We experienced a shock and great sadness early in the delivery. It took a long time for Jossan to deliver the first kitten, and its intestines were out. Other than that, it was alive and normal sized and looking kitten. I called a pet clinic and talked to a veterinary. The defect was major, and the only thing to do was to drive there and have them put the little one to sleep as soon as possible. I cried on the phone but understood we must do this, and stay composed, since the delivery had just started. The veterinary said that the kitten will feel no pain.
We wrapped the kitten gently in a towel so it would not freeze, and put it in an open box that Joakim held under his jacket and kept it warm while driving to the veterinary. There they confirmed that nothing can be done and the kitten was put to sleep with a high dose of sleeping medication. It is so sad, I am still crying while typing this. We named the kitten Alan, after Alan Turing, a brilliant person with a tragic destiny. The first baby kitten born yesterday is a little angel now and feels no pain.
It was hard for Joakim to drive with the kitten, and it was hard for me to stay with Jossan and help her deliver the next kitten. It took some time, and she was upset and looked for the first one. I did not know if this was a defect that all of them will have, will something else be wrong, are they still alive…
I kissed and petted Jossan during the whole delivery. She was in pain, but she curled next to me on the floor, on a pile of clean towels and blankets, and pushed, supporting herself on my body and hands.
The next one arrived at 00:25, and still crying and scared as I was, I managed to help Jossan clean the kitten and cut the umbilical cord. The kitten was perfect, big and healthy, but I could not be happy or relax after the first shock.
Jossan delivered three more healthy big kittens, the last one at 3:30 AM and I was not sure if there were more, so we waited until 6AM and then cleaned everything, put the new sheets in a clean tipi, tucked everyone in and went to sleep. I took vacation this week, but Joakim is working.
Today I am starting to feel more joy about the B-litter. I am also very happy that Jossan does not know what happened and is such a good mom to the four kittens she is nursing now. They are beautiful. I think that 3 are boys and one is a girl. There is one Foreign White, one lilac or Foreign White and two are blue or seal or chocolate. But I am not sure yet, the colors can be determined with certainty when they are three weeks old, and sometimes even later.
The weight and time of arrival for the surviving kittens, born on May 2, 2011:
00:25 girl 100gr
00:55 boy 104gr
02:00 probably boy 102gr
03:20 boy 94gr
Around noon they already weighed 104, 106, 108 and 112gr. Jossan has a lot of milk, and they all are quite happy to eat and sleep all the time!