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Momma Kitty: A STORY FOR EVERY CAT LOVER

Updated on January 30, 2015
Momma Kitty
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Punkin Sleeping In A Toolbox
Punkin Sleeping In A Toolbox
Peanut
Peanut
Punkin and Peanut
Punkin and Peanut
Momma's Kittens
Momma's Kittens
Our Dog Buttons and One of The Kittens
Our Dog Buttons and One of The Kittens
One Of The Babies Telling Peanut A Secret
One Of The Babies Telling Peanut A Secret

By this point in time, I’ve already converted to being a Cat Lover. See my confession in When I Became A Cat Lover. And my cat family continued to grow after finding PUNKIN. You see, my partner and I are the kind of compassionate people that can’t be stopped from rescuing a helpless animal. No, we don’t always keep the rescued animals, but we help get them on their way to a better life.

PEANUT'S HOMECOMING: It was less than a year after Punkin came into our lives that there was a cat hanging around the house. She was obviously very hungry. For a couple weeks, we left food and water out on our deck. We posted signs and asked around the neighborhood if anyone had lost a cat. She was affectionate and simply adorable. When no one claimed her after quite some time, we opened our home to her. We decided to call her PEANUT. We made an appointment right away to have her spayed and get all the needed vaccinations. Peanut was a welcomed addition to our family.

Peanut’s coming home story is not all that exciting and I was not prepared for the day MOMMA KITTY came into our lives.

It was an unusually cold fall day, October 19, when my partner once again brought another stray cat into our home late into the evening. With the approaching Halloween holiday, my partner was concerned for her safety since she was mostly all black and VERY PREGNANT. Some people can be very cruel to cats, especially black cats, and especially around Halloween.

It all happened so fast . . . Within eight hours of being in our warm, safe environment, the cat we already began to call MOMMA KITTY proudly gave birth. The BIG PROBLEM was that she didn't use the cozy area that we set up for her in the living room. She promptly found the darkest, coldest spot in the house. She had the babies in a dim crawl space, in the basement, on the cold concrete floor, behind the hot water tank and laundry tub. We could not get to the babies! We could hear them screaming but could not see them. It was heart wrenching. We were frightened for their safety.

“Oh my gosh, what do we do now, they are gonna die in there!” We tried but there was no way to remove the hot water tank to get in there? We could hear the babies behind a wall on the finished, pretty wall papered side of the basement. Without hesitation, we found the largest hammer we had and promptly knocked out a hole in the wall about one foot in diameter. It worked! There they were. One big bundle of yuck covered in dry wall dust.

We hurried this “bundle” upstairs to the kitchen and began to untangle all the umbilical cords. I even had to put my reading glasses on to help me with this fragile work. We used tiny scissors to separate the babies from the yuck and nylon thread to tie off the cords. Tears began to stream down my cheeks. Four tiny kittens. So adorable! We did it! We saved them! We placed them all in a large basket with a heating pad covered with a blanket. They began to calm down once they felt the warmth.

We took some time to focus on Momma Kitty. She was extremely thin, except for her belly which still had quite a bulge. She was very dehydrated and needed fluids and some healthy cat food. It just so happened that we had a bag of fluids on hand that we were using at times for our senior dog Buttons who had been sick on and off and dehydrated. My partner is going to school to be a Veterinary Technician, thank goodness, and knew how to administer the fluids. So Momma Kitty got her desperately needed fluids and pigged out on whatever food we put in front of her.

We were worried that because Momma Kitty was so malnourished and dehydrated that she could not nurse the babies. Her nipples were dry. We scraped up our change to buy KMR milk for the babies and began feeding them with a dropper.

About seven hours after the four babies came into this world, we heard noises from the basement. Yep, you guessed it, more babies. Momma Kitty was smarter this time. She gave birth to two more babies on a pile of dirty laundry. Awwww, six adorable kittens born October 20, 2008. Five boys and one little girl! Not only did we already have two cats and three dogs, our home was now filled with another cat and six kittens!

Over the next two days, we kept checking Momma’s nipples, trying to prompt them to produce milk. It was an exciting moment when the first sign of milk appeared. We knew this was so much healthier for the babies.

With each passing day, Momma Kitty got stronger and took especially protective care of her children. There were so many exciting moments with the new kittens. The next two months were truly a wonderful time to remember. I felt blessed to have been a part of this experience.

I took picture after picture after picture of Momma Kitty and her kittens. Momma Kitty is mostly black, so the babies were mostly black with little white/grey highlights and the only female kitten had an adorable mixture of colors. Did you ever try to take pictures of black kittens or anything dark for that matter? It is not an easy task.

We were SO attached to the kittens that we waited until the ninth week to place ads in an effort to find new homes for them. We truly loved them but could not keep them. We lived in a condominium complex with association rules that allowed each home to be occupied with only one dog and one cat. Needless to say, we were already breaking the rules. We placed ads on craigslist.com and backbage.com and quickly began receiving responses.

We had a list of questions for each potential owner that contacted us. We were picky and careful to make sure we chose the best families for the babies. Only after we had lengthy conversations on the phone, asked all our questions and felt comfortable with the person, we then had them come to our home to meet the babies and Momma. The entire process took another couple weeks. In the end, we felt extremely confident that all the babies were placed in loving, caring homes.

We then took Momma Kitty to our Veterinarian to have her spayed. It was obvious that she had a hard life on the streets and probably gave birth many times before. It was her turn to be loved and pampered. She continues to live with us today, easily fitting in with the rest of our family.

Our Feline Girls
Our Feline Girls

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      I must confess - I am also a devoted cat lover, I have my own Tabby 2 weeks old when I get her called appropriately "Baby" and then I kind of fostered/adopted about 12 homeless cats (at last count) that live in the garage. I really enjoyed your cat story - You did indeed save the babies! All cat lovers are the best!!!!! Thanks for a great Hub.

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      thank you for caring so much about animals. They so depend on us for safety and love. Great Story and you guys are real tough and capable. I'm not that brave.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Oh what a beautiful story..you guys are the best..and you have three very blessed kitty's. I also am an avid animal lover and saver of strays..Thank you for a truly lovely story.

      Sunnie

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Good story well shared. This is a nice one on cat. Keep it up

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Chatkath-thank you for your comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed my story. It was a wonderful time in my life knowing that we were giving Momma and the kittens a second chance. Who knows what would have happened if Momma wasn't found at exactly the right time. Thank you again!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello again mslizzee -- I believe that you are more brave than you think. Thank you for your support!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Morning Sunnie D! Thanks for your thoughtful comments. From what I have learned about you through your writing, I have no doubt that you are also an animal lover with a kind, compassionate heart.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      crystolite - I enjoyed sharing my story as this experience meant so much to me. Thanks so much for your comments and vote of confidence.

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      As one cat lover to another who has also often had to "scrape up" for a cat (and too many other kinds of animals to think about) in need, I loved this story. Genius to use the hammer without hesitation; I can see that--true kitty love. But what I really love are the pics! They are beautiful and sweet, and the one of all the kittens in one big, black ball with all those eyes is great; keep 'em coming!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cat Lover Teylina ~ thanks for stopping by and for your thoughtful comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this story.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I enjoyed this story very much - Up and Awesome.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Patty, Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! It means a lot that people are enjoying my story :)

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      Five One Cows 6 years ago from Moo Town

      Cats are one of Gods beautiful creatures as well.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      F.O.C. - You are absolutely right! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Mary Jane Hardel 6 years ago from Illinois

      Wonderful story. Bless you for caring so much. I am an animal lover and cannot stand to see any animial suffer. Thank God you took Mama Kitty in when you did. She does look a lot like our Rembrandt.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks minjin for stopping by. Yup, they look a lot alike:)

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      lindatymensky 6 years ago

      What a great cat story! I'm so happy Mama Kitty found you two when it came time to deliver!!! Can you imagine what it would have been like for the her and the poor babies outside without food, shelter or medical attention? You two are just great!!!! I do animal rescue and have successfully used Craigslist, too. You just have to be picky.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Linda, Thanks for commenting and for being a caring heart for all animals. I used to often think about what would have happened had Momma Kitty not found us. I don't believe she would have made it and therefore, the kittens would have suffered as well. I'm looking at her now as I write this - she is just the best. She is a blessing to our family.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      What a wonderful story of love and sharing. I am so happy to have found you here on HP's. We crazy cat ladies must stick together. Bless you for doing such a fantastic job caring for the momma and her babies. I will rest easier tonight knowing there are people like you and Chatkath and others "out there" who are compassionate and loving. Thank you!! Sharyn!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you Lucky Cats, I am glad you found me as well. And I will also check out your work. I appreciate your heartfelt comments. Thank YOU!

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Love this story. A black scrawny cat strayed into our yard many years ago. We began to feed her then realized she was pregnant. She had four kittens and, yup, still have them all 12 years later. Great Hub!!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi suziecat7,

      Aw, you have a great cat story too. And you still have them all. That's so wonderful! There was no way we could keep the babies. But we kept in touch with all the new "parents" for at least the first year. I kept bugging them to send new pics since I missed the babies so much :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by ~ have a great night!

      Sharyn

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Sharyn, this was such a beautiful story! I loved the part where you knocked a hole in the wall to get the babies. Bravo! And now six beautiful kitties are alive and flourishing, thanks to your quick actions.

      There's nothing in the world like little kittens, with their mother, and I can understand you being attached to the little sweethearts. I was the same with our kittens. Wonderful hub! Take care!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi PrairieP.

      Thank you for your sweet comments. Yes, breaking the hole in the wall was a must. Thank goodness we did it. The experience of taking care of the babies was so heartwarming ~ I'd do it again in a second if I had to.

      Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Diana Owens 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Sharyn,

      You're awesome. Not everyone would tear out their wall to rescue baby kitties. I would, but I know a lot of people who wouldn't. Kudos to you. (:

      Great story. Very touching and heartfelt.

      peace in your heart...always,

      Diana

      You have gorgeous, healthy cats, by the way (thanks to YOU!). (:

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      animals r great 5 years ago

      bless you soooo much for saving mama kitty and her kittens.this story made me feel that there is lots of people that care and that there is hope in the world.i am a HUGE animal lover and CANT STAND SEEING THEM SUFFER. the animal i care for the most is pitbulls. i am not that old, just 11 years old and hope that when i get older i can save many animals the way you did. i hope to own a NO KILL shelter and become a vet. i have 1 dog i rescued, a rabbit, and 2 baby ducklings i have saved. Thankyou soooo much for what you did. you dont know how much this got to my heart. thankyou.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Diana,

      I totally believe that you would have busted that wall right open too. It is the greatest joy to see an animal (like all of my kittens) who are so sick and watch them thrive in a new, caring environment. Thank you my friend.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Dear animals r great,

      Your wonderful comments have touched my heart as well. You are so young and what you said is so beautiful. Opening a no kill shelter will be such a great accomplishment. And becoming a vet too ~ well that is just icing on the cake. I do hope that your dreams come true. And thank you too for rescuing animals. I can tell simply by your words written here that your animal rescue efforts will continue to grow. I wish you the best and am so glad you stopped by and left me such a thoughtful comment. Take care,

      Sharynh

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      Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

      Okay crying at this early hour is not good. You have my heart... What you and your partner have done is amazing...

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Mrs. JB,

      Gosh, I have you crying here and your stomach upset from another hub. What have I done to YOU? lol

      I feel bad. Please take a Tums and tissue ~ ha

      All your comments today have really made me smile. Thank YOU!

      Sharyn

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Another beautiful cat story! What an adventure! I think the cats in the neighborhood have a secret network as they always seem to find you! You and your partner are wonderful people for helping these animals out. Thanks for sharing this!

      JSMatthew~

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks so much JS. It certainly was an adventure but one that I'm glad I was a part of. Today, I truly don't know what I would do without my cats. Thanks again!

      Sharyn

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      Dr. Isis Rene 5 years ago

      Stories like this really help renew my very shaky faith in people.

      I have a black cat named Luna - she's been my child since I first looked into her bright little eyes on petfinder.com and fell in love. I love that you take in stray cats. They always seem to find me, too. Please keep it up!

      ~ Isis

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Isis,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Luna is a lucky kitty. I truly don't know what I would do without my girls. Thanks for your comments. Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Liked this very much. Up! Photos great, too...and yes, I know about trying to photograph black cats. An uphill challenge.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Maren,

      Thanks, I'm glad you liked this! Yes, ha, "an uphill challenge" - it is so hard to photograph black cats. I can't even begin to tell you how many photos I've taken that did not come out :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Sharyn - I had a cat once that had her kittens in my little sister's doll house:) lol I noticed the cat was skinny so I had to search and search...finally I heard mewing coming from the doll house! too funny...I am so glad that you saved your kittens. Poor thing...I could just imagine how frantic you were.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Kel, That is so funny! Smart cat going in to the doll house! The experience of raising these adorable kittens is one I will cherish forever. And even though it was certainly "crazy" - I would do it again. Thanks for your feedback!!!

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Sharyn, your experience with Momma Kitty reminds me of one such I had. I could imagine very well all you went through. Wonderfully well-written and with such endearing pictures of the little creatures. Voted up beautiful.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello sen.sush23 ~ Thank you for stopping by. Nowadays, when I think of my experience with Momma Kitty and her babies, I would love to do it all over again. It truly was an awesome experience. Thank you for your votes too.

      Sharyn

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