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Updated on October 7, 2011

Smoky nursing, cleaning and caring for wandering little ones

Out for the first time
Out for the first time | Source
Exploring the big world
Exploring the big world | Source
WOW!  'This is neat!'
WOW! 'This is neat!' | Source
Smoky is the very best mother cat
Smoky is the very best mother cat | Source
So sweet....keep watching as Smoky continues to care for her babies on their maiden voyage from kitty carrier to the 'outside' world.
So sweet....keep watching as Smoky continues to care for her babies on their maiden voyage from kitty carrier to the 'outside' world. | Source

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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    • Lucky Cats profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Sharyn! Do you really want to have more kittens? Wouldn't that be a little difficult? LO !!

      Honestly, though; I know how you feel...kittens are so beautiful and fun and sweet. I'm loving every minute I have with them. Dropped into our lives as they were, it's a doubly granted gift.

      Hope you are doing well, too, Sharyn. Always so happy to see your name in my comments!!!

      I, like you, have been absent on HP for quite a time lately, to take a few moments to catch up and enjoy everyone's offerings.

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Dear Friend Kathy,

      Your updates make me want to have more kittens again. My girls are at least six years old now. Thank you for your wonderful stories. Hope all is well with you,


    • Lucky Cats profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you so much, kitty (appropriate name!!) You are so right...I just LOVE kittens....these, by accident, are such a gift. So appreciate your visit and comment, kitty!!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Voted up and awesome. These pictures are so adorable and what an awesome time in a cat lover's life to see kittens begin their walking and growing process. Love your love for cats!

    • Lucky Cats profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thought you'd understand. Thanks a million, SR1

    • saddlerider1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes I agree my LuckyCats the affection from our furry friends is often more rewarding than those we receive from fellow Homo Sapiens:0))

    • Lucky Cats profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Ken...Saddlerider1...for reasons you would understand...sometimes..oftentimes...almost ALL of the time..I prefer the company of my beloved companion animals...such love and sweetness. I may be projecting; I may be anthropomorphising but...(I don't think I am, honestly)..what the heck!? It feels like love so..I'll take it!

      thank you, always, for the kind words and nice visits! Kathy

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      6 years ago

      Mama is spoiling her children with love and affection just as you are with them all. So great to see and those pictures are brilliant. I love their colors, smokey gray and dark, so wonderful, what a lot of joy you must have in your house. Hugs

    • Lucky Cats profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      I have been away from these babies for 5 days and it feels like forever. Our wonderful animal sitter says all is well...can't wait to see them again. We have taken more pics which haven't been downloaded yet but, when I am re settled in Kansas for a little bit; I'll update Smoky and her babies. are always such a wonderful friend and one who understands the love of these little ones. much appreciation and respect, my friend. Kathy

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "Ain't no stoppin us now, we're on the move!"

      The kitties are singing a sweet song- love their progress report. Smoky is a wonderful Momma and so are you!

      Voted UP & AB, mar.

    • Lucky Cats profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Dear Flora, Lesley, Ruby, TK, Alicia, Angie,

      Teylina and Eiddwen...your visits and kind words give me so much exuberance and "uumph" that I feel rejuvenated with tons more energy and endurance to continue loving these sweet darlings. They are so incredibly cute...and now, 23 days old; they're all over the place; little tiny furry bodies running every which way. Mama

      Smoky is amazing..there are no words to describe her dedication and attention. What a sweet little cat. All are doing very very well. Teylina, you are so right...if we would only, all of us, be responsible with our animals; there would be homes for all and no suffering; or at least, far less negative impacts all around. LOL at your comment! LA..Lady of the Alley..yes, they do get a little vampy when nature calls and there's no denying that urge!!! We'll keep the family...there's no fear that they will live long loved and healthy lives...around here, honestly, I wouldn't trust these babies to a stranger...they USE them as barn cats (no water, no food..."go catch the mice." Tools), an don't spay/neuter...leave animals out in sub zero and scorching 115 degree empathy or understanding.

      Eiddwen..,.your comments are so affirming that I am always bolstered and smiling when I see that you've visited and left such wonderful words. Blessings to you...all the love you share and angel on earth. Kathy

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Aww another gem from you my very dear friend.

      I miss not having a pet so much but our landlord will not allow them.

      So I make do with sharing my daughter's Staffie and also reading all the beautiful hub that are published on them.

      NeVer stop publishing you hubs Kathy because I do not want to stop reading them.

      Take care my very dear friend and have a great day.


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      6 years ago

      Still trying to catch up, and no order to my reading! Which makes this such a great hub for me today--just what I needed! Love all the pics, but have to admit I'm just drawn to the one where Smoky is looking back over her shoulder, watching whoever is moving away from the rest of the batch around her! She has her paws full for sure. Adorable kittens. So very, very glad you and Al took her in, but your explicit point about neutering and spaying is so badly needed--usually by the very people that don't read, care, take responsibility, or leave behind an animal they don't want any more; i.e., a pregnant one! These are so beautiful maybe you can get them homes. I see two I'd take if I weren't across the country and living with a crazy dog in my daughter's house right now! Now, when I move----have to say, Zavala, was it you who commented about daddy? Quite possible. Some of the most beautiful offspring come from an elegant female who fell for the wrong guy! Had a client years ago w/awesome, queenlike champagne persian. Her name? L.A. He said it stood for "Lady of the Alley." He was very responsible, but thought he had another few weeks, and he was too late. Got it done, but changed her name. All babies got homes w/neighbors! Thanks again, Lucky Cats!

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      Angie Jardine 

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

      You're going to need a lot of new names, Lucky! Much love and admiration for your splendid rescue work ... long may it continue.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I loved looking at the photos. Smoky looks like such a careful and devoted mother who is so concerned with taking care of her kittens. It's horrible to think that this happy family may not have existed if you hadn't rescued Smoky.

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      TKs view 

      6 years ago from The Middle Path

      The pictures are great, the message even more so.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the picture where the little gray one is upside down, they are adorable. The little white one with the black eye is my pick. Thank you Mama Kathy. I love what you do..Cheers

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      6 years ago

      I love your hubs. They make me go "ahhhhh" out loud which then makes my husband look over my shoulder to do the same thing. Ah. What a beautiful mummy she is. I don't actually have the words to match what your hubs do for my emotions.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      6 years ago

      Gorgeous and adorable. not sure how I managed to miss reading this hub before your most recent hub.

    • Lucky Cats profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi my dear Sunnie, Tammy, Moonlake, Augustine, and Helen. Thank you all so much for the absolutely loving and kind words and for visiting the continuing story of Smoky and her babies. They are a true joy and bring so much happiness to life. I am very humbled by the wonderful words of my Hub Pages friends. Kathy

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Kathy,

      SmokyM., is a wonderful mother and the patience she has is exceptional! She obviously cleans her babies quite often as well - they are like their Mum, very beautiful.

      I was laughing because in some of these wonderful photographs you can hardly see SmokyM., at all because of the babies rolling all over her! She must have bags of energy - and you're right, she is a wonderful and loving Mum! Well done to beautiful SmokyM! And of course to you and Al - it wouldn't have been possible without you!

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Smoky looks like an elegant cat. I wonder if the tomcat that took advantage of her had a pedigree. Or maybe he was player from the wrong side of the tracks. Mmm...

      Love the pictures!

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      6 years ago from America

      I don't know how anyone could throw a pregnant lady out. It's great you took her in. I was thinking the same thing looks like Siamese to me.

      So cute loved this hub.

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      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      voted up and straight across...they are looking good. thank you for the update. you might have a couple of lilac points in there. they are all so adorable and mommy is sooo loving. such a sweet bunch.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Ahhh how cute..they are all over fun..that is one of the best times when they start moving around and playing..thank you Kathy for sharing.,




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