What a nightmare THAT turned out to be! Sally was taken to the vets at teatime on Friday at 65 days pregnant after producing some cream coloured discharge. It didn't appear to be "normal" although there were no nasty smells with it ... gut feeling more than anything else that something wasn't right. We arrived at the vets and Sally was checked, her temperature was normal and the vet was in the process of giving us the "go home and wait for imminent babies" talk when Sally produced a little more discharge. She called in another vet who decided to scan before doing anything else. The scan showed live kittens - but only just. The heartbeats were very weak, more irregular flutters than strong healthy beats so they rushed poor Sally in for a c.section. We asked if they could spay Sally at the same time - we couldn't put her through this again! Sally gave birth to 5 very sickly babies, the vet had 5 assistants in with her each working on a kitten for over 20 minutes. We were told that the kittens probably wouldn't make it and Sally's life was in danger also. 4 hours and a lifetimes worth of worry later - Sally was stable and the vets let us take Sally and the kittens home but warned us again that the kittens probably wouldn't survive the night. Sally was amazing - the c.section hadn't seemed to worry her at all and she was perfectly content lying back whilst we spent hours trying to get the babies to latch on and feed ... the babies were extremely weak and very sleepy after Sally's anaestetic but one by one, they all seemed to pick up and feed. One baby, a little girl, sadly didn't seem to recover from the effects of the anaestetic and infection and passed away at 1am - she was so much smaller than her brothers and sisters and had borne the brunt of the infection being covered in pus in the uterus. RIP baby girl. So far, Sally and the babies seem to be doing well - the babies are now on antibiotic drops to counteract any infection from their not so ideal start, but they're slowly putting on weight (ie, one kitten was 1.02 at birth and 1.10 today). The vets are astounded that the kittens have survived this long and we are quietly optimistic that things will be ok. Please send "get well soon" vibes to Sally and her babies!