Those Kittens -- A Photo Gallery of a Mama Cat With Her Kittens

Jo Mama Relaxing

I'm Jo Mama! This is me chillin' out, something I rarely had time to do once the kittens came.
I'm Jo Mama! This is me chillin' out, something I rarely had time to do once the kittens came. | Source

Mama Cat Had Babies

Hi, I am Jo Mama and this is the story of how I got pregnant and delivered five adorable little babies, one of whom lives with me still. It was quite some time ago but I remember it well. I was pretty surprised when it happened and really did not understand it, but suddenly, I was getting fat and having these weird movements in my belly. I got so freaked out by the whole thing that I started to act like a baby and get hugs from my human, the one that feeds us every day and opens the windows so we can see out.

So, these strange pains and movements in my stomach started to come more and more frequently and it was the scariest thing I had ever experienced. I tried to ask my human what was happening and although she can't really speak "cat," she seemed to be saying something like "it's okay." I even woke her up a few times in the night because that's when it got worse.

Quiet Moment With The Babies

Mama Cat Falls Asleep With Her Babies
Mama Cat Falls Asleep With Her Babies | Source

Jo Feeding Kittens

Mama cat feeding my three babies.
Mama cat feeding my three babies. | Source

Washing A Kitten

I had to wash them often!
I had to wash them often! | Source

The Deep-Voiced Human Helped Me

Well, it all happened on June 29th, 2010. My regular human had gone out to who knows where (she seemed to leave almost every day at the same time.) and I was left alone with the other human with the deep voice. He had just come home about an hour ago, and was sleeping. All my pains started to heighten and I resorted to asking him to help me, by meowing loudly. I was pretty scared, so I climbed unto the place where he slept and waited for him to wake up so he could help me.


I Knew It Was My Baby

Well, my stomach kept heaving and I started to shake and after a while, this thing came out of me and it was kind of like a mouse but I just instinctively knew it was another cat, like me: it was my baby. No one had to tell me: we cats just know these things, somehow. But something was very, very wrong with this little baby and it was not moving or breathing. It was so sad and it made my heart ache. I could not concentrate too long because another one was close behind. This one too was not breathing. Had I gone through all of this, just to have complete heartbreak? This was more than I could take!

Feeding Close-Up

A close-up of me feeding.
A close-up of me feeding. | Source

I Was In Love!

I hardly had time to think about it, though, because in the next hour, three more little bunches of fur popped out and they were definitely alive! They were all gray, like me, and they were meowing like crazy! They seemed pretty helpless and I was instantly in love. I knew, somehow (no one told me -- I just knew) that they wanted to eat off me. So this is why my teats had gotten so big and uncomfortable in the last few weeks! Everything was all making sense now!

So these little helpless creatures just keep eating and sleeping, for hours! There were three of them and only one of me, and I was exhausted! I really didn't feel good leaving them alone and I was relieved when that deep-voiced human brought me some food and water close by. I just quickly got away for a quick bite before those little ones could notice! And I noticed he also moved the litter box a bit closer, too, which I did appreciate!

Misha

One of the kittens named Misha. She looks a lot like me!
One of the kittens named Misha. She looks a lot like me! | Source

I Had Three Of Them

Well, I just kept on loving those little things and feeding them and washing them. And they grew and grew until they could see, and then they started to get into everything! And I couldn't control them anymore. I just had to watch as they played, and played, and played! One was named Misha, who looked most like me. The other was named Fuzzball, and she was a bit spinny but beautiful and the last was named Gray Eye and she was a shy little thing.

Pictures of Fuzzball

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Picture of Fuzzball. She managed to climb up to a very high shelf we have in the house. I hate to say it, but she was the most beautiful of them. But I loved them all equally. Like I said, beautiful. Here's one of her playing. These kittens had lots of toys.
Picture of Fuzzball. She managed to climb up to a very high shelf we have in the house.
Picture of Fuzzball. She managed to climb up to a very high shelf we have in the house. | Source
I hate to say it, but she was the most beautiful of them. But I loved them all equally.
I hate to say it, but she was the most beautiful of them. But I loved them all equally. | Source
Like I said, beautiful.
Like I said, beautiful. | Source
Here's one of her playing.
Here's one of her playing. | Source
These kittens had lots of toys.
These kittens had lots of toys. | Source

Shiloh and Gray Eye

Gray Eye and Shiloh, best of friends.
Gray Eye and Shiloh, best of friends. | Source

Shiloh

I was a bit nervous about that other cat in the house, Shiloh, going after my babies, from jealousy, but she actually helped me take care of them. She would watch them while I was away taking a bit of a break or eating. They got to love her, too, and sometimes we would even all take a nap together.

Gray Eye With Aunt Shiloh

Gray Eye with the other cat in the house, Shiloh. The humans called  her "Aunt Shiloh."
Gray Eye with the other cat in the house, Shiloh. The humans called her "Aunt Shiloh." | Source
The two of them again.
The two of them again. | Source

My One Compensation Was Gray Eyes

The humans loved them, too, and it was a pretty fun time in our house. The saddest day was when some other humans came and took them away. I was pretty depressed for days but eventually I was able to overcome my grief. My one compensation was that they left the dark gray one called "Gray Eye" here for me to love. So that my story, I'm Jo Mamma. I hope you like these family photos.

Gray Eyes Pictures

Gray Eyes looking intense.
Gray Eyes looking intense. | Source
Gray Eyes staring at the camera.
Gray Eyes staring at the camera. | Source

Cat-Nap

All of us having a much-needed nap on the chair.
All of us having a much-needed nap on the chair. | Source

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35 comments

Vinaya Ghimire profile image

Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I loved the pictures and the story. Every time I see a hub on cat I click because I have also done two hubs on cats.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

These are great pictures and I love the story. I'm glad Jo Mamma has one of her children still.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Awe that's a beautiful story. I remember when I was a kid, one of our cats had kittens and it was an experience I'll never forget. You're pictures are great and sure bring back the memories. Thanks for sharing this Prairieprincess! Voted Up and beautiful!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

OMG!!! Awwww, how very adorable!!! My daughter (Cardelean here on hubpages) just got a new kitten-black and white. Cute story.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Aaaahhhh, I so enjoyed your beautiful pictures and story! I wish you all the best in the contest :)


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@Vinaya, nice to meet you, a fellow cat lover! I will have to have a look at your kitty hubs -- I'm a sucker for them! Thanks for stopping by.

@Flora, thank you so much! I am so glad we were able to keep one, too. She still acts like a Mama to her, even now. It's pretty sweet. Have a great night.

@Carcro, kittens are something, aren't they? I'm so glad it brought back some memories. Have a wonderful night and thanks for commenting!

@Denise, awww! That's awesome! You guys must be all enjoying her very much. Thanks so much for the comment. Take care!


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

I wish hubpages had an "adorable" button!


Serena Gabriel 5 years ago

Beautiful cats! Nice story!

Accolades!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@Cloverleaf, thank you so much! It was fun to share my wonderful memories of these cute little things! I wish you all the best in the contest, too! Take care.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@Stephanie, thanks! Aren't they, though? It was just about eight weeks of absolute cuteness with these little ones. Thanks for the wonderful comment!

@Serena, thank you so much! Your accolades mean a lot and I really do appreciate it. Take care!


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galine 5 years ago from Chicago

Very good story and pictures. Know her story well as I had a cat that gave birth to 10 kittens at one time. Not only was MAMA busy but so was I taking care of them. Really enjoyed the read.


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Stina Ann 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

They are so cute! I love how they all sleep together so sweetly.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Galine, 10 babies? Wow, you and Mama MUST have been busy! They are a lot of work but so very cute! Jo actually had one more batch with eight kittens, too, and it's a lot more work with more kittens. She is now fixed, so no more but what a ride!

I am glad you enjoyed it; thanks for the great comment!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Stina, thanks for coming by and commenting. Yes, it was amazing how the kittens even brought the adult cats together, too. Take care!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

This is so precious! I've always had a fondness for gray kitties. Voted up!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Habee, thanks for dropping by and for your support. Nice to see you!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Awww, Yay for Jo Mamma, that was the sweetest story ever. :) I loved this, Prairieprincess. Loved the photos and the account from beginning to end. Thanks for sharing. :)


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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

I'm looking for that " adorable " button to push too...Great story with great photos...Larry


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@Ocean, thanks for dropping by! Jo Mamma says thank you very much. :) Take care!

@Maven, awww, thanks! I don't know if there's anything cuter than a batch of kittens. It was a glorious time. Thanks so much for commenting and coming by! Take care.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Oh. . . they are just so precious!

I loved the sweet story and the adorable pictures!

Thanks for sharing your cats with the rest of us,

Sannel


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Sannet, thank you! They were so darn cute! I appreciate your kind words and I am sure Jo and Gray Eye do, too. Take care!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Aw...the photos were so cute and I love the way you wrote the story from Jo Mamma's point of view. The hub is also currently featured in the Photo Gallery Section. Voted up across the board except for funny.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

HB Nurse, so nice to see you! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I will check the featured section that you mention. Thanks for letting me know. Yes, they were so darn cute and still are (the ones we kept!) Take care.


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

I love kitties - they are so photogenic, too - well, of course, most cats are totally photogenic :D:D:D


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I loved the photos, prairieprincess! The cats are so beautiful. My favorite has to be Misha, since that's the name of my dog! Good luck in the contest.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@RedElf, yes, usually, they are! Thanks for the comment! :)

@Alicia, Misha was a sweetie. She was very playful and lively. It was hard to give them up but I know they are being enjoyed somewhere else. Thanks for the comment and take care!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Oh yes, I do like those family photos! :) Cute, cute, cute!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

What a great idea! This was very cute! I remember when one of my cats had kittens. And she did wake me up several times during the night as she was giving birth, until I finally stayed up with her. She only had two, and we also kept one. Brings back good memories to precious animals that have be gone for some time now. I just never stop loving ang missing them. Good luck on the contest.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@RT, thank you, from Jo Mamma! She does make cute babies, I must say! :)

@Homestead, thanks so much for dropping by. I'm glad the pictures brought back some good memories for you. That is so precious that she kept waking you up. They really do depend on us, don't they?

I know what you mean about still loving those animals. And thanks for your well wishes in the contest. I definitely wish the same for you. Take care.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hello PP,

As a cat lover, I certainly loved this piece. The pictures are so adorable. I have a similar story called Momma Kitty. Helping raise the little ones was so much fun.

Sharyn


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Sharyn, so nice to see you! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Yes, taking care of kittens is so, so much fun! They provided us with non-stop entertainment and I worried about them as a human Mommy all the time. But they all turned out fine and Jo did such a good job! Thanks so much for the great comment and I do remember your story, too! It was quite the "tail!"


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Chris Achilleos 3 years ago

Oh my, they are absolutely adorable... I never had a cat that gave birth however I do have a dog that did, Cindy. She is currently living with my mother. Cindy gave birth 5 times. We have had her ever since I was 8. Whenever she became a mother she turned into an absolutely different dog, she was so protective and nurturing with her puppies. For me it was the most remarkable thing to see as a child.

Thanks for sharing this hub, it brought back so many beautiful memories :)

Definitely sharing this, Voted up and beautiful!

I hope you have a wonderful week,

Chris Achilleos


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Chris, wow, you had five litters! Good for you! Animals are so amazing as mothers, aren't they?? Thank you so much for the comment and the shares! Take care.


Stargrrl 23 months ago

Awww...these kittens are beyond cute! Great hub!


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prairieprincess 23 months ago from Canada Author

@Stargrrl, thank you for the compliment. I will pass it on to Jo, the mother! Take care! :)

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