sudden death after having kittens?

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April 13th, 2010 22:42
California
Tiddlypeep
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Last year in June a stray cat moved herself and her kittens under my mothers shed. My mom took her only two kittens she had indoors. I know my mom would have took in the stray as well, but she works all day and wouldn't have the time to train her to use the box. Kittens are easier to work with.
   
So we decided to make her our own and feed her outside the house. It took us a while before she could trust us. She came to learn that we weren't going to hurt her. She would even let me pick her up and give her love. She came and went as she pleased. Always there each morning waiting to be fed and at night for her supper.
   
She ended up pregnant again and was due to have her next set of kittens. (I know we should have gotten her fixed but didn't have the money.) About two weeks ago my mom came home from work and noticed that she wasn't acting normal...she was having her kittens! My mom saw the head and everything. Then the neighbor came over and scared her away and she run under the shed. We tried to get her to get her to come out but she wouldn't. So we left her alone to give birth.
   
After that we didn't see her. We sat by the shed the see if we can hear her or the kittens but we didn't hear anything. A friend of ours said that they seen her walking across the street to our house and her back side was really messy. Then a neighbor found a dead kitten in her yard. It was the same color as our cat.
   
At this point we haven't seen her for little over a week. My mother and I tried calling for her, but she never showed up. I was just hoping that she was busy with her new set of kittens and she'll show up sooner or later.
   
Well, she did show up, but in a bad way. We found her across the street in the neighbors gated yard, She had passed away. (she almost made it home. Why did she come home sooner) I know she had way more kittens then the litter she had under the shed and this new set. When we First saw her you can tell she had lived the streets for a long time or even her whole life. I guess you can say we gave her a better life at the end. She was even getting chunky with having food down all the time. She wasn't so skinny any more. She even looked healthy more of a outdoor cat than a stray.
   
I don't know went wrong. What would have caused this? Her back side was really bad when we found her, she didn't even bother to clean herself. Could we have saved her if we brought her in to have the kittens insted of leaving her outside? I know a lot of things could have gone wrong. Its not like this was her first set of kittens. Im just lost on what could have been. All the "what ifs" that are going through my mind. I'm just so heart sick.
   
We tried to find her kittens but with no luck. Its been 2days since we found her, but we cant find any clue on where her kittens are or if even their still alive. If their under the shed I think I would have heard them, but I don't. =(
   
I just wish I knew what could have happened to her. What would have cause her to die like that??
   
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April 16th, 2010 21:50
New York
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This so reminds me of a stray we took in ... She was an incredibly underweight kitten/cat - she was starving and she was so desperate for some kind of kindness, she was even snooting my two black labs through the chain-link fence. That's when I decided I had to take her in. She was really sick with an abscess in her uterus (we found out at the vet's)- the vet said it looked like she'd had a still-birth or something (there were no other smaller kittens around anywhere on the block) and the infection would have killed her in a day or two if we hadn't brought her in. It could be something like that, that happened to the momma kitty. We had that stray, "tina", for about 5 years.. then one day she literally just died.. she stopped eating and drinking and that was it - in two days she was gone. My vet said maybe it was leptspirosis, but she'd had such a horrible rough life before we found her, it could have been anything (heart, etc.)
   
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April 17th, 2010 16:43
California
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Thanks for replying. I know there could have been a millions things that could have gone wrong. When something like this happens there?s always that big "why!". It was just such a shock to found her like that. Its crazy how they just show up at your door one day. Lost, lonely and hungry. You take them under your wing and give them the best life you can. They make their way into your heart and their yours forever more.
   
I just wish I could have done something to have stopped what happened or to even have been there to hold her when her time came so she wouldn't have been alone. There will always be a lot of "what ifs" and "could have been?s". I'm just in a way happy to have found her than to have wondered my whole life what/where she was. To have never known and kept looking for her.
   
She'll never be forgotten and will live on with her two kittens she had given us 10months ago. Both are strong and healthy. Her daughter Sassy, who's looks just like her and Her son Jasper, who?s just a big love.
   
I'm going to miss her dearly and its going to very hard not to see her and hear her meow at the front door to let us know she?s home and wants to say hi.
   
Thanks again for Replying. I know no one here will really have the answer, just an idea of what could have happened. That?s all we can do. One day, when its my time. I will see her, along with all my other dearest friends and then I'll learn the answers and the whys.
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