We didn't even know she was pregnant until a few days ago!I noticed she was gaining weight,and her nipples were enlarged,so I called the vet who said she's most likely pregnant.She had run outside(my kitties are all indoor) about 2 months or so ago,and my dad found her on our porch mating with an orange cat who roams the neighborhood.So we did know this might happen.
This morning I woke up with her on my blanket in between my legs,and I almost had a heart attack when I saw the grey baby!I wasn't expecting this so soon.She must have had that one a while before I woke up,as it was all clean.I was afraid to move,I didn't want to disturb them!My ds came running in(dd was already at school),and I called my mom,who came right upstairs.Then we noticed Nessie was pushing,and out came the little black one!She cleaned it up(I hate saying it but I don't know the sexes yet),and then delivered the afterbirth,which she ate.I couldn't watch that lol.
Now onto the questions.I have 4 other cats,3 males(neutered),1 female(not spayed yet,but she will be!).I have Nessie in my dd's bedroom with her kittens on my blanket in a laundry basket.How long should I keep them apart from the rest of the cats?All they are doing right now is nursing of course,it's so beautiful to watch them!I keep telling Nessie what a good mama she is and petting her.She just purrs and purrs.She's gotten up a few times to eat,I gave her her own bowl of water and food,and of course a litter box.I bought a new one just for her and the babies,it's low to the ground so when they are ready they can easily climb in.What else should I be doing?I heard to give the mama kitten food for the extra nutrients,so I am doing that.How long before I can hold them?Nessie lets me very gently pet them now(she gets into defense mode with other people,so I have a look not touch rule).How long before they start using the litter box,and will they just poop and pee anywhere right now,or will Nessie take care of it?How long before I introduce solid kitten food?
I am very new to this.In my almost 34 years of having kitties(since I was born we've always had cats) ,I have never had one have babies.I am having her spayed when I can so this doesn't happen again.7 cats is plenty for us!I'm not giving either one away.I keep calling them my grandbabies lol.Any info would be very appriciated!Thanks!