So about two weeks ago Emily’s back porch cat Oreo brought another cat around, and we’ve been calling her Hobo. Cassie discovered Hobo was preggers and she was really really really hungry, and we’ve been feeding her a whole cup of food a day for the past week or more. Well, this morning she sat at the back door crying her head off when dh got up for work, so I decided I’d better get up and find out what was going on. She was in labor and didn’t want to go through it alone. 😀 So I grabbed an old sheet and set her up in the box that Emily and Cassie set out for her yesterday, and poured her a half cup of food in there, and she went between going in and out of there and rubbing up against my legs, and when Oreo and Cookie would come into the yard on our back cement slab she would dart out there and give them a quick whoopin, and then come right back to the box. So all of the porch cats have been kept at bay all day by fierce mama!!!!
She gave birth to two of the babies and then stalled out for a while. I sat with her from 7:45 ish til around lunch time, with her in and out and pacing. I came in and made lunch, and just had the kiddo’s keeping an eye and an ear out for anything happening. After the first two were born she kept trying to dart in our back door, so I had to keep reigns on the kiddo’s being careful not to let her slide in here. I feel she would have beat the crap out of my four indoor cats if she had gotten in.
So after lunch I did some cleaning around the house, and we got into our normal afternoon routine, and then when the kiddo’s went back out to check on mama cat she had Five kittens in the box!!!! One poor little fella was dead though. His mouth/face was messed up, so I have a feeling he might have been why she stalled out and was still born. Here’s a picture after I added an old fresh towel for her to lay on…
The poor dead kitty we lifted with the pink wash cloth to move it away from the others. Mama started bringing the other kitties over to the fresh towel to eat some more after she got it all settled the way she wanted it. So we’ve got a new tribe of outdoor kitties. We’re going to start getting them all fixed starting next month when they have a spay and neuter clinic. Our little tribe won’t be producing any more that’s for sure!
Here’s a shot of the proud daddy cat, Oreo (with Austin), just because he’s taken such good care of Hobo the past two weeks, keeping all the other cats away, and making sure she got to eat first! ❤
And that’s all we’ve got for today!