Well as you may have remembered last winter we adopted a stray cat, had her fixed and she traveled with us back and forth to the US. The “Hello” kitty is doing well and has grown quite a bit.
This past February a clone smaller version of Hello started hanging around so we started to feed her and she came around fairly quickly. It’s odd that some of these feral cats become so friendly and will let you touch and hold them in no time. We started calling her “Pip” because she was so small and as I got to be able to touch her more I thought she had burrs down around her belly. That turned out to be not true. She was pregnant. Honest mistake right?
So the vet only comes monthly and on his previous visit we talked with him and he said he couldn’t do anything because she was pregnant. His advice was to watch her and after she had the kittens we could have her fixed and find homes for them. Sad but nothing we could do.
Then on March 13 she had her kittens. I could tell that the lumps in her side were gone that night when she came for dinner but I didn’t know where she had delivered the kittens. This went on for almost a week as I’d see her at the house wanting food and water and then she would return to them. After a week had passed she was late and when she did show up her side looked as if it was wet but upon touching her it was dried but not blood. That was my first thought. Something had attacked her or her and the kittens but there seemed to be no one wound.
She had previously been in the house but being pregnant would chase away Hello as I assume a protective measure as a mother. But after a day of her not leaving the porch, I had to assume that something had gotten the kittens. Maybe a dog or even a male cat and that wet patch was now a bump, or a bruise and she had received it protecting them.
So I decided to bring her back in but put her in a spare room so she wouldn’t attack Hello, who has gotten to be quite the wimp even though she’s three times Pip’s size. As luck or fate would have it, I received a note from the vet saying he would be on island on Fri. So I contacted him and set up an appointment to have her fixed but even though she had been in the house overnight, I wanted to make sure on the kittens so I let her out and watched where she went. Sure enough she wandered across the street to where I assumed she had the kittens and disappeared. I watched and within 10 minutes she started walking back to our house. The kittens were gone. I knew it and she did too.
So back in the house to the spare room and to the vet on Friday. She was fixed and is recuperating well in her private room. She’s doing well, eating, drinking and doing what cat’s do- sleeping a lot but there no complaining. I visit her throughout the day and we’re hoping that after her Mommy hormone’s subside, she will be ok with Hello.
So once again we have fallen for a feral cat that seems quite keen on being domesticated or were we just fooled again? That was her plan all along!