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My friends Sphnyx cat just had 6 kittens and everyday one is…

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My friends Sphnyx cat just had 6 kittens and everyday one is dying?? They are all eating and gaining weight. The mom is a year & a half Sphnyx and the dad is a Bambino. We have not seen anything out of the ordinary with the mom and dad is no where near the kittens?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the kitten?

They were all born around the same weight & size, but over the last week a couple of gained more weight than others. The smallest was the first to pass away then last night the one who was always nursing and the biggest passed away. We are saddened by this and not sure what is going on..

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. There are quite a few considerations for the "fading kitten". Risk factors include the following:

dam condition

premature labor

dystocia, causing fetal distress

prolonged labor (>6-12 hours)

low birth weight or failure to grow

lack of colostrum ingestion, immunodeficiency

endometritis in the dam

congenital anomalies

malnutrition or nutritional diseases

assisted feeding (potential aspiration pneumonia)

poor environment, stress

parasitism

infectious disease - herpesvirus, toxoplasmosis, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

inbreeding

tom with blood type A having mated with queen with blood type B

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 month ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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