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Hi, I don't know if this is the right thread for this so sorry if it's in the wrong place.
My rescue has recently had a 'Persian' cat and her 4, 2 week old kittens relenqished into our care. We have never dealt with cats that are brachycephalic so any information at all on how best to wean the kittens, what health conditions to look out for in mum and kitten as they have not been bred with any health considerations. Mum was bought from a BYB at 5 weeks old, is still under a year old, and dad was also a BYB 'persian' cat (we sadly have been unable to convince the owner to relenqished him as well).
We are working with our vet but I'm aware that vets can not know much about neonatal kitten development and mother and baby care (we have taught them a lot through the few years we have been open) so any infomation on this breed is greatly appreciated.

(This will be mum's last litter and all kittens will be neutered before they leave our care to ensure this family line does not continue, question are purely to ensure we give them the best care and can advice their future adopters)
 

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Thank you for the response.
Just to reassure you the weaning questions are purely to get ahead of any complications that might arise, we very much follow the kitten lead weaning approach. We've had some want to eat biscuits at 4 weeks old and others show no interest in weaning food till 6 weeks and I just want to make sure that we can make everything as easy for these baby's as possible.
We are weighing them twice daily (as we do with every litter we have in our care so we can see an average of their weight across the day) so will carefully monitor their charts to make sure they are all making the gains they should and I will make sure their fosters have an abundance of baby wipes ready for the chaos when it begins!
We know very little about mums history other then bought at 5 weeks old and she's under a year so we will get her tested ASAP to make sure she doesn't have PKD or PRA!
If she has either of these would testing the kittens become a priority too?
They already have such little personality and mama is a sweetheart so their future families will be very lucky to have them but kitten raise is always a very stressful (but rewarding) time I find 😂 thankfully none of them so far are showing any issues!
 
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