We have welcomed our very unique Litter T, from a very special mating! After our beautiful Queen RU*Unicum Yara had a year's worth of break from her last litter, we decided that the most suitable male for her would be our King US*MetatronEyes Mango.
To be honest, we were quite worried with how Yara would be this time during and after labor, because last time (on her first litter) she was quite shocked and would not nurse her babies. We were exactly two weeks sleep deprived due to having to bottle feed the kittens every two hours. Eventually Yara was able to bond with them and took over, but it took her some time. She also had mild mastitis exactly after labor, (which of course we treated immediately) so that could definitely be one of the reasons why she would not nurse.
She is one of our best females and we love her dearly, so we wanted to give her a second chance.
This time, her labor was smooth with no complications, and she was absolutely a professional. From the very first moment she bonded with her babies and took care of them. She had 8 beautiful babies, unfortunately only 5 survived. 1 of them was stillborn, and the other 2 had fluids in their lungs from birth. We gave a marathon fight for them with no success. It is the sad part of breeding.
Yara developed again very mild mastitis, so we know if there is a next time we will be treating her some days before labor - based on our vet's recommendation. She has been nursing her kittens and has been a wonderful loving mom, however she didn't have enough milk for everyone, so we were sleep deprived again for some weeks from bottle-feeding. Hehe
The kittens on the bellow pictures are 2.5 weeks old and have started thriving on their own. Yara remains a fabulous mother and we are very proud of her.
Mango did also a fantastic job - all kittens have fantastic big muzzles and long profiles like he has, and the cute / kind eyes.