Eight kittens in 3.5 hours has to be a record. I don't know if it makes any difference, but I talk softly and slowly to my pregnant cats almost during the whole birthing process. I tell them they're doing so well, just a couple more pushes, you can do this, let's go, etc. I hold their hand or hold their back leg up to give them more room. And they push a couple times, and out comes a kitten.
On an earlier post, I said I'd found a use for a wooden back scratcher with a curved hand on the end. I used it to lift Elsa's tail to check for signs of impending birth for the last two weeks. She didn't like my hand touching her below her neck, but the scratcher was fine. I found another use for it tonight. I held her leg up for her during each birth.
Having so many solid blacks cats that don't get adopted, I was so hoping that daddy wasn't black. Once again, be careful what you wish for. All eight kittens are orange. Some a little darker, some a little lighter, but all are definitely orange tabbies. They came so quickly, that I didn't take time to check for boys or girls, but most orange cats are boys. I'll check tomorrow.
There are eight kittens, and mom has eight nipples. No problem you say. Well, one pair are located under her front legs, and one pair are under her back legs. Two pair are out in the open. Except when she's laying on her side to nurse, unless she's almost laying on her back, the bottom ones are hidden. So there's usually only two nipples obviously exposed. That does create a problem with eight hungry mouths. After the first 24 hours when mom quits producing colostrum, a part of her milk that's very good for the kittens, I can supplement several times a day with a bottle for a few.
Even though things went perfectly, I was still as exhausted as Elsa. I had to take a couple Advil for my back from bending over her box for five hours. There seemed to be more bleeding with Elsa. She was quite a mess, and I may take her in the shower tomorrow. Or it could be that because this is my first light-colored mom, the bodily fluids were more obvious than on a gray, brown or black cat.
I'm a wreck, but everyone else is doing well.