Phantom kindled three days early yesterday. Of course, that's just a bit too early. All nine kits were either stillborn or died shortly after birth. Three or four looked like they were developing properly; the others clearly had ceased development at least a day or two earlier. All but one of the kits were colored, so we learned that Phantom carries the gene for producing REWs.
What went wrong? Our best guess--our only guess--is that Phantom is a bit overweight. And excess weight can cause problems. Guess she'll be going on a diet.