Cupcake had been unwell for the last couple months of her pregnancy. Not so unwell as to be really ill, just unwell enough to cause me to wonder. To wonder if I'd made a mistake in breeding her. To wonder how she would handle labor and nursing kids again. To think that I wouldn't breed her again. Her heart just seemed to work harder than it should. She seemed to breathe faster than she should. Her feet hurt. She's never had the best feet, and they seemed to be too weak to support her when she was so large.
Cupcake got really, really larger as her due date approached. Her breathing got faster. It was hard to watch her like that. As her labor seemed to be starting, she seemed to work harder to breathe. She was restless, unable to lay down all day. It seemed her chest was congested, and she couldn't breathe when she laid down. She began to choke/cough. At midnight, she finally laid down, rasping out her breaths, quick and shallow. At 2:00 AM, she began to choke up clear fluid, and lots of it. It was awful. She passed away at 8:00 AM. The vet believes that she had a weak heart, and passed away from congestive heart failure.
I spent so much time second guessing how I'd handles everything, from breeding her to how I fed her. It was a hard thing to go through. I spent a lot of time praying for peace, and trying not to be anxious about the next two kiddings coming up...
Next time, I'll share about Panzy and Starlight's kiddings. Thankfully, the stories get happier as they go. :)