Mama cat update:
So about two days after giving birth Mama cat kept rejecting two of her kittens. They were smaller and less strong than the others. We attempted to put them back with her but she would continue to push them out. I finally decided that she knows something that we don’t know (like all mother animals seem to do) and it was clear that she didn’t want to use her resources on these two small and weaker-by-the-minute kittens so I took them out so I could try to foster them. I happen to have a really high success rate for fostering orphaned kittens (which I am rather proud of) but I also know that when the mom rejects a select few of her babies they usually won’t make it. I feel like they know long before we do that there’s something wrong with them. Sure enough they didn’t make it despite my and the other vet techs’ efforts. :(
Enough about the sad part though. The two healthy kittens are growing by the day. One of my coworker’s daughters decided to help me make Mama cat a little house to keep her babies in (hence the hearts drawn over the doorway.) Sometimes she sits on top of the house which I assume is her way of taking a little break from these rather sharp babies of hers. They are almost starting to sprout teeth so soon I’ll be offering them some soft kitten food so Mama can teach them how to eat.
Even though there could be a thousand things happening at the clinic, the other ladies I work with (and sometimes the guys too) can help but take a few minutes out of our day to come cuddle the babies and show Mama some love.