SMOKY MAMA'S KITTENS ARE ON THE MOVE
Smoky nursing, cleaning and caring for wandering little ones
They're out of the box!
It is Wednesday night, October 5th just after dinner time. I walk into the special room where Smoky Mama is with her kittens to check on them. This is a regular routine which I repeat many times during the days when I'm home with the cats and dogs; or several times in the early am and later afternoon when I've returned home to the sanctuary.
Surprise! This evening, the kittens are out of the box. They have decided, evidently, that it is time to explore the wide open spaces which are just outside the huge kitty carrier which has been home for the two and one half weeks they've been on this earth.. This is how old the babies are now...not even three weeks old yet, they are on the move.
I've seen many mother cats over the years but, never have I witnessed such an adoring and attentive mama as little Ms. Smoky. She is truly amazing. Her kittens are so healthy and well cared for. And, in turn, we make sure that she has all the food she wants; her bowls are never empth. She must always have food available as her kittens are huge and will only become more so.
Please, make no mistake about this little story, though. Ms. Smoky appeared at my home in town, very pregnant and in need of help. I am a staunch proponent of spaying and neuthering our companion animals. Though the miracle of birth is doubly miraculous under circumstances such as these; it is very very important to be sure that our animals are spared the typical situation which is all too commonplace; that babies are born and there are no homes for them. Sadly, and far too often, these innocent beings end up in kill shelfters; and, more often than not; mama ends up in the shelter, too. With little hope for adoption because shelters are so crowded; the beautiful beings - just like Smoky and her kittens - end up euthanized. We don't want that to happen. So, always be mindful of the care, love and responsibility that is part of having a companion animal grace our homes and hearts.
Luckily, Ms. Smoky and her kittens will live 'happily ever after' at the Feline Funny Farm. Unfortunately, many will not..across this country. Let's all do our part to make sure this happens less and less.
Please follow the picture progression. A picture..or several pictures...speak a thousand words...and each and every one is beautiful.
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