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Updated on September 28, 2011

Finally, pics of Smoky nursing her kittens


Continuing story of Smoky and her kittens and Candy


Last night, we moved Smoky and her kittens to a larger room with a view! Originally, we placed her in the bathroom of the cottage, across from the main house. There, the space was small but comfortable and safe. She had her kittens and the little room served its purpose well for the time being. But, we knew that, in a very short while, she would need more room for her growing kits. This was all considered before ever bringing her to the sanctuary. Prior to her relocation, she lived in the upstairs bathroom of the home which is being sold. So, we knew that it would be a temporary situation. Smoky is so incredibly mellow and mutable that she has dealt with these changes in her life with ease. She is an amazing little mother.

Now, she has a much larger place to rear her young, with windows on three sides and an entry into the kitchen. We removed the wall which once separated the dining nook from the rest of the kitchen. Then, we replaced that wall with tempered glass windows that we reclaimed from a house scheduled for demolition. So, sweet Smoky has a view from all sides along with the security of having her own, private area for the kittens. All is working out wonderfully.

There is a great perk to this new situation, too! Now, I can see when she is nursing. So, of course, Al and I quietly entered her domain to take the pictures which accompany this little update.

Some of the kittens’ eyes are open; but we haven’t been able to take those pictures because we don’t want the flash to startle or injure their tender eyes.

Enjoy this little scene. All is well.


Little Miss Candy had her dental extraction surgery yesterday; all teeth pulled due to extreme infection and decay. However, this little girl is doing splendidly! She slept all night last night but, this morning, she was ready to make up for lost time by eating every morsel placed in front of her. According to our Veterinarian’s instructions; Candy can eat kibble which has been soaked in juice (preferably tuna or chicken broth)…the good thing about this is that the kibble keeps it’s shape but softens as it soaks up the liquid…making eating much easier for a cat whose just undergone extraction surgery. She ate two huge helpings! What a gentle and lovely cat little Candy is. She’s been through so much in the last 4 days that we’ve known her and, before that; I can only imagine. This I DO know: she was starving, flea and ear mite infested and practically comatose…now, her life is going to be blessed with love, nutrition, safety and security.

This is what matters to me…”I live for this.”

More to come.


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      Trenton 2 years ago

      I have 2 cats and three dogs. One night, I ran out of cat food (the dry type) and my cats were hungry. So since I had dog food only and the shops were cloesd, I gave them dog kibbles. They're more or less of the same shape and size and are made of the same ingredients chicken. My cats took a nibble and refused the rest of the bowl, preferring to go hungry than eat dog food. The next day, i got them a fresh pack of made-for-cats kibbles and they immediately dived in and ate up. How come my cats knew what I gave them wasn't cat food? I also know of dogs that won't eat cat food for the long run (not mine though, cos they're pigs and will eat anything). It would be good if a pet food manufacturer can answer this question. Is there some special ingredient you put in cat and dog food that makes cats and dogs know which kibbles is who's? Also, nowadays, dogs are eating fish too like salmon. You can't say it's the ingredient. How come they know the difference?

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      Lottie 2 years ago

      Dude, right on there brhtreo.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi dear..hope all is well and/or picking up. Think of you often...and your love for our little critter friends, too. Kathy

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      No doubt Kathy "you live for this" which is so awesome. You are one of a kind and I for one, appreciate you.


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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi my dear Mar...thank you my dear one. You are amazing...and so empathetic..I know you totally "get it." Yes, we're packing and all ready to load the truck on Wednesday and Thursday, if we don't finish it on Wed. Then, either Thurs. evening or Fri. am we're off to CA. I'm so excited. House 'closes' on Friday, if all goes as planned. In contract and there are very few, if any, doubts that it will complete.

      I am so far behind; my email is so full of all the notifications that my favorites have written new hubs and I have no time to read as much as I'd like. I have several things on sale on Craigslist which is my excuse for being online today...otherwise, it's 'nose to the grindstone.' Much love and appreciation, Mar. Your friend, Kathy

      Candy is soaring! she's eating solid food and has gained weight and is the most loving, easy going little calico kitty. the pups are so happy...they love their new home and they're so appreciative...Smoky and kids are fantastic...all is well in kitty city, puppy palace.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Oh wow, am I behind on reading but I am glad to catch up now on Smoky et al, Candy and you, dear friend. I love your last line... so obvious that you "live for this" and it makes you the beautiful person you are. Voted UP & ABI.

      Be gentle on yourself. I don't feel as if I am ever caught up. Thinking of you and travel safely, mar.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Teylina and Ruby...Smoly and kittens are doing so well. They're 2 1/2 weeks old and their eyes are opened..and they are so BIG...she's a great mother. I plan to do another update the midst of getting ready for trip TWO back to Calif. w/another truck load of furnishings...busy busy and missing so much of the daily acitivity here on's only been 4 days since I was on and it seems like everything is changed and my inbox/email is crammed w/notifications. Yikes!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank's for the update. Happy Smoky and babies are doing well. Cheers.......

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Gotta keep up w/Smoky Mama! Neat family coming along nicely, thanks to your and Al's love and kindness! Great!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Kath...boy, do I know what you mean. Poor little Candy, 4 days post surgery, is ready for another pain shot. I just ordered it to take home and administer...her little mouth is full of stitches (the kind that disolve)...but she isn't eating as she should. she will be just takes time. And through all of this; the little girl purrs, turns over for a belly rub and is the most gentle she is; in a new place, surrounded by other animals, two 'unknown' humans, and her mouth full of stitches but empty of teeth !!! And pain..drugged up and, still...she exudes nothing but love and appreciation.

      Smoky Mama and kits are fabulous...coming along very well...loving their newer, larger place. All is well in kitty city. thank you, my friend..I KNOW you KNOW, firsthand...this world of love and caring and emotional ups and downs. Kathy are so sweet to leave such a nice comment...I always am 'lifted' when others understand my 'calling.' Thank you.

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      "Quill Again" 6 years ago

      Hugs to you and yours for what you are doing with these cats... loved the work you have put into writing this.


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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      So happy that all are safe and sound, you are an angel Kathy!

      Smoky Mama's babies have grown so quickly, they look so chubby and cute and Mama looks like she is so proud and content, you have given her such a gift, she and her babies are safe - another family of the LuckyCats' Club.

      And the other new addition, Candy sounds like she is doing much better, Tuna Broth is always a favorite, a few of the rescues I had last year had problems chewing and Tuna broth really helped. They never got their share of the food since they couldn't eat as fast as the others so I had to separate feeding and wait for Alley Cat Rescue to extract abscessed teeth in both cases...These poor kitties go through so much!

      I agree with Augustine above - A&E or one of the Animal Channels would be smart to pick your story up as a mini series-You could wear your Cat woman costume (I always dressed as Cat woman too, no hi-heels though, doesn't work with the claws or the balance :-)...But seriously! We need a Network contact- Anyone?

      In the meantime you are: up, useful, beautiful and awesome!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Angie. I love that the Toof has sent his best purr. Once I answered a questionaire in which this was asked: What is your favorite sound? Now, I LOVE the wind and the way it whistles through my upstairs bedroom windows at night; lulling me to sleep but...if I MUST favorite sound is the PURR OF A CAT. thank you so much for the sweet visit and comment.

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      Angie Jardine 6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      The Toof and I read this in bed ... he sends his best purr to all your rescued cats. Sadly his manners are not so refined to the dogs ... I apologise for his behaviour ...

      Don't forget to take care of yourself and Al too ... this is important!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi John....sometimes, I don't either...! Thank you for the visit and well wishes.

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      John Young 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      LC, I don't see where you find the time and money...but God Bless you and Al.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California have some fabulous ideas! 3 years ago I WAS catwoman...once I posted the costume my Catwoman hub....then, a '50's 'girl,' and next, a Vanpiress...all the rage, due to Twilight. this year...I don't know yet..or at all as I may be traveling...this town, Independence, is preparing for their annual Neewollah Festival...a 10 day 24 hour extravaganza w/carnival rides, all kinds of foods from around the world, main street bandstand w/lots of local and national bands, parades which include the Clydesdale horses and Marine Marching Band and local / state school bands...plays, and more. thank you for the suggestions, my friend, Augustine.

      Rosemary, Flora and Makusr...always so happy to see you've visited and left kind comments. thank you so very much!! Smoky Mama and kids are doing very well...

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      Lucky Cats,

      Greetings from MAKUSR. The wonderful updates on Smoky Mama and the kittens continues. Blessed are the cats who find you.

      Lots of Love,


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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Glad to her Smoky and Candy are both doing well. Amy still eats crunchy food too-some have very small pieces so she can swallow one at a time whole. Crunchies have a lot of nutrients in them that soft food doesn't.

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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I read part one and then onto this one and really had to go back to 2 to see where Candy had come from.

      It is shocking when people just up and leave animals behind. People said we were nuts because we brought 2 dogs and 3 cats from the UK to New Zealnd when we came here. But they were part of the family and now way would we leave them.

      Your cats are very lucky to have found you and you are doing a wonderful job and have a very generous heart.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      You should have a show on A&E. Showing you rescuing and caring for cats, selling houses, racing BMW's. SO, haloween is around the corner. Any thoughts on what you will be this year? Catwoman? Patent leather suit with high heel boots? I'm thinking Catwoman...

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi liked it so much, you commented TWICE!! LOL...I do that from time to time, too, because, sometimes it doesn't seem that my first "post comment" command went through. thank you for following little Smoky's story.

      awww, Mike...such a sweet and generous comment! Means the world to me when it is obvious that this calling resonates with others..that is invaluable! Highest regards and gratitude, Sir Professor!!

      Dear Ms Timcgaa....we're in this thing together in spirit, philosophy and deed. Bless you 1000 fold! Your friend, Kathy

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      tlmcgaa70 6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      i am so pleased to hear that Candy was rescued. she was a Lucky Cat indeed. i love hearing about your little babies...all of them. it cheers me to know so many other cats are being rescued and loved. thank you so much.

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      Aka Professor M 6 years ago

      @Lucky Cats: All the cats that find you are very fortunate, indeed LC! God bless you and Al now & Always for your all your compassion to these furry friends. Such generosity is very rare these days. Thanks for these hub updates which I voted up my friend!

      Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!) ;D

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful hub about the great kitties, loved it. up/awesome

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful hub about the great kitties, loved it. up/awesome

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Ahhh...Marellen...right now, I'm in Kitty Heaven...because all IS immediate emergencies, no problems...everyone is fine. Thank God!!! friend! I have to "Take the 5th" on that question...I fear...we have so me, though; they are all well cared for...spayed, neutered, vaccinated, tested (and, even when ill...they simply get to live out their lives in their own room w/others who are also ill {for instance; FIV or FELV} )...Yes, I have two places in Calif. where we will place the cats. One is already prepared (during my last visit in August, I worked nonstop on this), and the other will be easy to prep. The cost? Tremendous! But, it's a labor of love and it's what we do...there are things which I've had to put off or give up but, I really don't care...this is what is important to me. so, there, you have it, my dear.


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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Ahhhhh, nice. How many cats do you all have? Are you building a sanctuary in California for them? Lair? How much does it cost to take care of them all?

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      marellen 6 years ago

      What a cute sight to see Smoky with her babies. You and Al are doing a wonderful thing for these cats. Its also good to read that Miss Candy is on the road to recovery.