SMOKY MAMA AND HER KITTENS
Beautiful Mama and Kittens
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!
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.
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!