SMOKY MAMA AND HER KITTENS

Beautiful Mama and Kittens

The perfect little mama
The perfect little mama
Too cute for words
Too cute for words
6 day old kittens
6 day old kittens
Awwwwwwww.....
Awwwwwwww.....
On the move....well, sort of...
On the move....well, sort of...

SMOKY'S FIVE KITTENS



The continuing story of Smoky and her kittens


One day about a month ago; a miniscule gray and white cat appeared at my door. Very thin and very pregnant; this little thing tugged at my heart strings and, well, as the story goes…I had no choice.

I welcomed this new kitty into my home, of course! She was meowing and quite hungry. I prepared her a good meal of wet and dry kitty treats. She devoured the food I set before her. So hungry and thirsty; the little thing did not lift her head from the bowl for what seemed like forever. Finally satiated, she sat on her very broad haunches, and began to clean her face and paws.

To say that this little girl was ‘with child’ (probably with half a dozen childs!!) would be the understatement of the year. Huge is the only word that comes to mind.

I sat back and looked at her for the longest time. Her mid section seemed to be stretched to the limit! ‘How could she get any bigger‘, I wondered. I was convinced that she was about to have her kittens at any moment.

Rushing around, gathering this and that to create a safe and secure environment so that she would feel comfortable and unafraid, I hurried as fast as I could before she began giving birth,.

Well, guess what? This frenzied, emotional and worried scurrying about was all for naught.

The little cat, we named Smoky Mama, held on to those kittens for another THREE WEEKS!

Enormous!

Gimongous!

Gargantuan!

Whale sized!

And everyday…..getting bigger!

The Daily Routine

As is our usual routine, Al and I rise early in the morning to do the AM animal chores before heading off to town. These duties consist of scooping litter boxes, sweeping floors, picking up this and that which the cats have thrown about overnight, preparing and serving breakfast to our rescued brood, giving fresh water all around, another scooping, more sweeping and special meds, treats and diet dispensed to those who need it.

This is the schedule for the BIG house where the ‘general population’ resides. Next, off to the out buildings where more hungry kitties and dogs await. More scooping, more fresh water, breakfast food…and, here’s when it becomes somewhat complicated.

Special Kitties

Friendly and Tom must have CD Science Diet for life…they eat in the bathroom. Pumpkin, aka “hissin’, spittin’ and carryin’ on,” must have soft food because she has no teeth. Honey Bear has to be watched over as he eats because he’s blind and, if we don’t guard him, his room mates will devour his food. “Ginger, Whiskers, Sybil, Chloe and Tiger Lily are in their own bedroom because they are all semi-feral so they cannot, yet, be released into the GP as they are too schizty.

Upstairs are Dusty, Tiny Dancer and Handsome, who are Leukemia positive kitties so they cannot mix with the others. They have their own bedroom with a long ‘shoot’ type covered ladder that drops down to their outdoor cattery so that they, too, can have access to the outside.

Anyway, back to the story at hand!

After all of this has been seen to; I trek across the driveway and lawn to the cottage where…as fate would have it…more kitties live. Here are the rescued park kitties; entire families of semi feral and tamed cats who no one else wanted. They have the entire cottage to themselves…Lucky Cats! Complete with heat, AC, 3 fans, running water and more.

Smoky lives in the bathroom of the cottage with a window that leads out to her own cattery. We aren’t allowing her out right now as we don’t want any injuries or attempts to hide her kittens though, we don’t expect that to happen; it never hurts to be extra careful.

I’ve gotten ahead of myself; and behind, too!

Kittens! Did Al say Kittens??!!

I trotted across to the cabin to continue the morning tasks . As I passed through the door, Al was already inside. “Good morning, Grandma!!” he said

(Three weeks later, she, at last, decided to cut loose! Now, thoroughly acquainted with her new ‘digs,’ the great event occurred!)

“What?” After a second’s thought…”Oh, Al! Did Smoky have her kittens?”

“Yes. It looks like she’s had 5 but she’s still huge. I bet she’s going to have 11.”

“Oh, no!” I said; “How is she doing?”

“Go see for yourself,” he smiled; knowing how much I love kittens and mother cats…there exists a beauty that nothing else can touch.

I quietly entered the room where they were. Smoky was nursing the kittens and cleaning them; completing the birthing process. Little voices were insisting on more food, squirming around each other and their mother. Smoky was ever so tender and patient as she attended to her little ones.

She had 5 kittens in all. No stillbirths, no problems. The kittens were BIG. I’ve seen many litters born over the years that I have been doing cat rescue but, honestly, I’d never seen such BIG newborns.

I wasn’t that surprised, though. We’d been giving her the very best of nutrition consisting of high end wet and dry food. She wanted for nothing.

We watched her and her babies for a long time. All was well. No issues, no emergencies and no problems!

The pictures here are of Smoky’s kittens at 6 days. I swear, they seem to have doubled in size! There will be more in days and weeks to come, as these beautiful babies grow and their sweet mama finally gets a good rest (and spay!!)

The End…..for now!

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Kathy,

I have to say you are the most loving person I have ever seen..your home is full of wonderful animals and you take such special care of them They are so blessed to have you. It sounds like a very busy day but one that is so rewarding..I am in just awe of you..such a beautiful hub..Thank you.

Sunnie


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

My mom is a true cat admirer. She has been raising cats for more than 12 years. She would be happy to read this, but she cannot read English, I'll have to translate this.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Oh, Sunnie....this is exactly how I see you! I could write your comment only changing the names. Bless you for being the loving soul you are. It is ALWAYS a great blessing and compliment to see your kind and caring comments. thank you from the top and bottom of my heart. I must catch up w/your Delilah story and so much more...always thinking of you! Your friend, Kathy


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

The kittens look like baby cheetahs! Do all newborns look like this?


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Dawn Conklin 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

Hi Kathy,

Beautiful hub! I love kitties. I do not have that many, only 2 but they are just as much family as the rest of us are. I wish more people had as big of a heart as you! We have many people around us who abandon their animals here, very sad.

Your kitties sound like they live better then I do!! That is so wonderful how well you treat them.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Welcome to my little kitty haven, Vinaya Ghimire...I do recall reading about cats in your hub(s)...bless your mother...they are such gorgeous and miraculous beings.

Augustine! (the very handsome...A)..yes, all newborns look like this. When so young, their heads appear oversized; their ears are very small and their appendages are not at all balanced w/the size of their head...they will grow into regular domesticated felines in time. They DO look like cheetahs though, don't they! So very cute...thank you for the visit my friend.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Dawn Conklin! Oh, it is always so good to see a comment from another one who appreciates cats and kittens - I thank you so much for the visit and kind words. It is incredibly sad that so many people abandon their animals...heartless. We do what we can; all of us who care about animals...each and every act of kindness is a giant step in the right direction. Kathy


marellen 5 years ago

The babies are so cute and all the animals you have are so lucky to have you and Al. Will all of them come with you to Napa? That will be an interesting trek....Bless you for all your hard and caring work.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi marellen...they are so precious, aren't they? Well, the plan is to spread the brood between two places in Calif..w/in 4 miles of oneanother. There is as much usable room there as in SE Kansas so....with great good luck, YES, all babies are coming w/me over time. I'm keeping the animal sanctuary in SE Kansas...can't see not having it available to others in need..just trying to put together who will take it over and care as much as Al and I do.....wish us luck..we'll need it. Thank you, Marellen, for your visit and nice sweet comment...always appreciate your visits.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi marellen...they are so precious, aren't they? Well, the plan is to spread the brood between two places in Calif..w/in 4 miles of oneanother. There is as much usable room there as in SE Kansas so....with great good luck, YES, all babies are coming w/me over time. I'm keeping the animal sanctuary in SE Kansas...can't see not having it available to others in need..just trying to put together who will take it over and care as much as Al and I do.....wish us luck..we'll need it. Thank you, Marellen, for your visit and nice sweet comment...always appreciate your visits.


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crazycatman 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

You must be very busy with so many cats! Sounds like heaven to me.


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Made 5 years ago from Finland

Beautiful story! You are doing a great job. I have three cats now. One is a four month old kitten.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Crazycatman...yes! I'm in kitty Heaven...because, I'm a crazy cat woman! Thanks for the visit.

Made..good for you...so glad you have the company of cats..there is no better. Thank you for visiting and the nice comment.

Nell..I can see you there...smiling and enjoying the beautiful pups before you...and mother, too...there really is such beauty in the mothering instinct..I have always had a very soft spot in my heart for mother cats and dogs...such a responsibility and, so often, they do it w/no help whatsoever. I always feel a special tug from mommas and those who used to be...lucky are those who get to live in the homes of you and others like you...and me. I'm always honored to see that you've stopped by to share your experiences. Thank you, Nell.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Glad your in kitty heaven Lucky. They look adorable. A stray semi-feral has started showing up at 5 o'clock every evening now for their supper. Any suggestions?


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a labor of love. Your kitties are so blessed to have found you. Can't wait to hear more about them.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Good morning Alastar ... well, you've been given a very important responsibility in life...you know that; of course. The most important thing, in my opinion, if you wish to help this cat is to capture in a HavAHart trap (humane..no injury or pain)...or, if you can actually approach the cat; place in a carrier and, immediately, have the cat tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids...then, spay or neuter and love..that's the most important step/ingredient...give this poor cat love....if you plan to keep the kitty in your life. Thank you for the visit and comment!

Sally, thank you so much...I plan to keep a running documentary of their progress. they are truly beautiful...and HUGE...the total weight of her kittens, I bet, already outweigh Smoky. Thank you for visiting, my dear.


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JY3502 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Lucky, you're such a beautiful caring person. When can I move in? :-)


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your are such a great Mamma for all you kitties.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Kathy as usual you have brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my heart with your wonderful hub!

Your place just has to be kittie heaven! And what a wonderful Mum Smoky is??? With your good self and their Mum those wee, cuties have a great start in life. And they are adorable! This hub was just what I needed after a busy week - it was beautiful, uplifiting and folks like you Kathy give me hope for this old planet of ours!!

Voted up + awesome+beautiful!!!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

How lovely you are able to dedicate so much to these needy and deserving little creatures! Good for you and Al.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Seeker and Red Elf...thank you so much. Sometimes, just kind and supportive words do a world of good...and your comments are doing just that!!!

seeker...you are amazing...nothing more need be said..

Red Elf...same to you...fabulous all the way around.

Bless the both of you.

Kathy


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, Oh my goodness! I never realised that you had so many cats that you rescued, I presumed that it was a few that you had taken into your house, but it seems you have a big 'cattery'. Wow! can I come and work for you?! ha ha I would love it! now I can see why it was so amazing that mama cat turned up at your door! you must have a sign saying 'all cats in need come in'! wow, they are beautiful and you are something special too, wish I could visit to take a peek!


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jujubees 5 years ago from Rhode Island

I love happy endings and so admire what you do!!! And those kittens are so very precious....there is just something so precious about kittens. My cat is a rescue, he came to us last September a baby of perhaps 6-7 weeks. We fell in love instantly and those weeks that followed..well they were filled with laughter and joy and so many moments of just observing...enjoy all you do. I love your story. Peace and blessings.

juju


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Nell, you sweetheart! Such a great comment. There is such joy in being around these perfect, new, flawless little souls...and that you recognize this, too...is worth more than I can say. I'd love it if you could be sitting on the floor, next to me, watching these babies as they frolic...they haven't opened their eyes yet...still so young but...my goodness...LARGE! I'd bet their combined weight is more than that of their momma. Thank you so much, my friend, for the visit and wonderful, human and real comment!!

Hi there jujubees...I so appreciate your visit..I know how you empathize and care about animals...I have a very strong feeling that we share the same tremendous belief in animal rights and freedom and the right to exist without our, human, permission. Bless you, my friend. kathy


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Smoky and her Kittens are adorable, and so are you. Your love for animals is wonderful. Thank you for sharing their story and pictures. I have a feeling we'll hear more about them. Hopefully.......


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

This is a beautiful story and your username is perfect. Thanks for sharing the photographs and story. Smoky came to the right house!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

The photos are just great, the kittens look like balls of fluff! This is a lovely touching story and I will look forward to reading more about smokey mama and her kittens.


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Terishere 5 years ago

You are a very loving and caring person Lucky Cats.. and yes, your cats are lucky :)

Terri


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Lucky,

You are truly a lady who has answered her calling in life. I feel so blessed to be your friend. This is a heartwarming story, of course bringing back my beautiful memories of our experience with Mama Daisy and our beautiful Scottie/ his siblings. Voted UP & UABI!

In the land of Karma, you are in fabulous shape... love you and have a happy "feline" day, Maria.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love kitten and from this hub I know that you are loving person who care with this animal. They all so cute. Thanks for share with us. Very inspiring hub. Vote up!

Prasetio


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TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

Hi Kathy,

I had no idea the extent of your service work on this issue. That you and Al are willing to give so much of your time, money and energy to these animals well-being is amazeing. I only hope you give as much love to yourselves. You deserve it.


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....always a thrill and a honor to visit my resident hub angel who is so tireless and dedicated when it comes to all of God's creatures great and small ...... you are also an angel to the human kind too Kathy, as you are loved, admired and respected by so many here - especially from your kindred spirit here in Canada - Mr. Epi man - try to have a look at my OUR ANIMAL HIERARCHY if you can - and yes I always love your now legendary poetic comments to me lake erie time ontario canada 12:39pm


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ruby..and Flora...they are so wonderful and, hopefully, if I have enough time; I'll continue this story for a long while as these sweeties grow with their mother. They are a blessing, even w/all the other responsibilities right now; I enjoy them so much. Thank you for visiting and the very sweet words.

Movie and Teri...thank you so much. Aren't they about as cute as anything can be? They look like little seals; the white ones; or, as AA Zavalla suggested; they look like cheetahs...

Oh Mar..I know how very much you love animals and appreciate the beauty and miracle that having companion animals in our lives is..as well as the gorgeous animals who live in nature and share this world w/us..thank you my dear....rec'd with the utmost gratitude.

Prasetio and TK....so appreciate your visit. This is truly a gift among so many....watching these special babies and their sweet momma each day. I hope to continue w/pics as they grow and change. I love anyone who cares about animals.

Colin..you are too kind but I'll eat up every wonderful word. So appreciated; so greatful for the kindness and love that you and others have shown to our four footed, furry friends. Ms. Tiffy should be very very proud of her "daddy." I did see Our Animal Heirarchy and love it...puts our behaviors and actions into a very interesting and telling perspective....You've said it so clearly using animals in place of humans...to 'describe' the absolutely ludicrous ways in which we live in this world and treat one another. Bravo!!! And two thumbs way up, my dear friend,


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Writer and John...oh my! I'm so far behind that I'm missing some of the sweetest people and writers here who've visited this story..Thank you so very much !!! Your friend, Kathy


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

so beautiful, I am happy i am happy i finally made over here to read about Smokey and her babies, been wanting to for a long time now. bet them white ones have siamese daddy. (lol, i am trying to write this around my little kids, who are spending the day in my room. they here the keys clicking and keep leaping onto the keyboard) i cant wait to read the updates. this story reminds me of how BooBoo's mother came to us. I am glad she did not have any complications with delivery.

voted up and across...blessings to all your lovely family


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi my friend timcgaa! I just read your latest a little while ago so, you know, we're on the same page! Loved it. Yes, I cannot imagine life w/out my furry babies..and all the love and sweetness they bring every day. You've described one of the those moments in this wonderfully real comment! Thank you so much...for all you do for animals and having the big heart and bright soul you do. So ver GLAD that I found you here on HP.


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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa

Lucky Cats...I know you can understand this. I realized today, as i sat in the bathroom being smothered in kittens, and melting with joy and love and peace inside, that it never matters how stressed or upset about something i might be, the second i walk into that door, it all simply melts away as i begin singing to, talking baby talk to, playing with, loving and laughing with those little kids. i dare the grumpiest person in the world to go in that room and remain grumpy. if they can do it i would pay them 100 dollars. but then, i suppose some people are so bent on hating, it is easy to throw such love away and remain hardened in the face of it...i guess i had better not challenge them or i might lose money better spent taking care of such treasures.

and i to am very glad we met...i treasure your friendship as i treasure my kitties.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

My sweet timcgaa....of course, you are right! I understand perfectly. Bless you a thousand times and then, bless you again. What a gift you are to animals and to me...knowing you makes my path that much easier.


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Teylina 5 years ago

Oh. Lucky Cats, I wish I had your gift of giving. I want to keep a foster center--can't handle a full center--when I move in a couple months, but afraid I'm going to fall in love with everybody I take in "temp" and wind up keeping; and I know I just can't do that. BUT YOUR getting up so early every morning to be the nursemaid you are is absolutely mindboggling to me; I love helping all animals (even wild) as much as possible, but I think every one of them I've helped has had to learn I'm NOT a morning person! And they need us in the morning, too!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Teylina! I know what you mean about fostering and then not being able to let the little fostered one go...of course, it is evident..this is my lot in life. Specially in SE Kansas where there is very little responsibility felt towards or empathy for animals...so, Al and I have found ourselves in a very compromised position but...well, this is ok...as it is what we're supposed to be doing and everytime I scan all the rescued animals; my heart soars and I have a deep feeling of contentment...so; being a behaviorist...this tells me all I need to know to believe that I'm on the right track along w/Al. I know you'll be an excellent "half way" house for fosters...if you can bring yourself to do it...even if you're not a morning person...we have so many and Al must skip off to work every morning M-F so...we just work around his schedule which means rising early. Up to today; now that the home is sold; I always came in to town to do business, sales, etc...and I also had 3 declawed cats (rescues..I would NEVER declaw a cat)...who lived in the downtown house...now, they're at the farm, too, in their own (but smaller - not happy campers right now) cabin.

Thank you, my dear, for the visit and great comment.


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Teylina 5 years ago

IF I'm ever able to do more than I've done in the past -- not a lot -- I'll never forget the inspiration I've gotten from you! So far, it's only been the rotten people who neglected them, ran over them, hurt them, etc. that inspired me. YOU INSPIRE ME TO TRY HARDER!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ahhh...Teylina...your comment means the world to me...my most fervent wish is that we could change the world to a kinder place for our furry friends. bless you, my friend Teylina!!


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Teylina 5 years ago

Mm--funny how some people think people who haven't met can't be friends! You take care 'out there in the boonies' girlfriend!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Teylina...THANK YOU!!!! And "back atcha'!"

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