kittens died at 2 weeks old

cindy321

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As a small hobby breeder, I would love to ask some opinions from more experienced breeders here, what is the main reason for kitten death, esp at a later stage such as 2 weeks old?

Previously we may occasionally have kitten death, normally due to an inexperienced mum cat or kitten stuck in birth canal too long, thus the death normally happened in the first 2 days of the kitten's birth.

However, recently we had two cases of 2 weeks old kittens that died suddenly, both from experienced mums and both kittens looked perfect healthy the day before, I could not figure out the reason, would appreciate it if any more experienced breeders could shed some light please
 

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What breed are your kittens? Are there any known conditions that are common in the breed?
 

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As I know, the most common cause healthy kittens dies quite suddenly; healthy in the morning and cold when you come home from work, is pneumonia...

Now, pneumonia is most easy to catch either at birth = fluid in lungs, or if handraised - again, fluid in lungs.

Kittens with good momma have seldom this problem.

I have heard about such cases. Not the common but apparently happens.
 

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Have you done genetic testing on the parents? If not, you need to. Also have they been checked for health issues like panleukopenia, fiv/felv?
 

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I was thinking either genetic (but in that case, STILL unusual for them to die almost at the same time) or distemper, which almost always kills young kittens quickly. I am so sorry, RIP precious ones.......
 

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I am so sorry. I was thinking distemper, too as di and bob di and bob . said. Were they in the same room? My aunt was a prominent Persian breeder. Some of her kittens were housed in the same room and two of the moms used to take turns with kitten duties. If an illness had broken out, I am guessing both litters would been at risk. (I am not criticizing you at all. We had a kitten death from one of the ferals. I won't go into the details. We never found out the cause, but I guessed distemper.)
 
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other kittens in the same litter all grown up, these two occasions happened at different times. As I mentioned, it is very rare, normally I think kittens should be fine as long as they survive the first week after birth. I was shocked to see the first death of 2-week old last year, I guess it might cause by Mum accidentally sleeping on top of the kitten and suffocated it? however this year we had another two weeks old kitten died, and the box is very big, mum should have ample room to sleep thus not possible to sleep on top of the kitten.
 

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other kittens in the same litter all grown up, these two occasions happened at different times. As I mentioned, it is very rare, normally I think kittens should be fine as long as they survive the first week after birth. I was shocked to see the first death of 2-week old last year, I guess it might cause by Mum accidentally sleeping on top of the kitten and suffocated it? however this year we had another two weeks old kitten died, and the box is very big, mum should have ample room to sleep thus not possible to sleep on top of the kitten.
Are these kittens related? Perhaps nearly related? If so, the guess will be its genetic. Some bad recessive gene which happened to meet in these individuals.

If so, whatever you do, do NOT use the same combination of parents, and preferably - do not use them for active breeding. OK for selling of as neutered pets; but not for selling as active breeder cats.
 
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