Even the most experienced breeder can be shocked when a kitten is born with the intestines outside of its body. If this should this happen to one of your newborn kittens, learn what to do to save its life.
It can be confusing and frightening the first time a cat gives birth. She has only her instincts to tell her what to do. Sometimes, instinct is not enough to prevent the new mom from making a fatal mistake.
One of the responsibilities the breeders assumes during the birth of a litter is counting the placentas to make sure that the number of expelled placentas is equal to the number of kittens born. A retained placenta is a serious risk to the queen's health.
The most common type of hernia in kittens is a congenital umbilical hernia, a hernia at the site of the belly button. This article discusses causes, symptoms, treatment and includes photos of an umbilical hernia and a surgical repair.