I woke up to the sound of my cat purring next to me and I thought, that is nice and was about to go back to sleep when I heard a little kitty cry. “She is having her babies,” my husband said half asleep and half surprised. We both went for our flashlights and sure enough there is Mama and her just born baby on our bed. Mark goes to turn on the lights and I slip out of bed so gingerly. We get the “bed” that I had put together for our cat to have her babies in. When we come back she is licking her newly born blond baby and is starting to contract again.
I have many thoughts running through my head: amazed that she is having her babies, awed that I get to be a witness, oh my, I now have to change and clean all my bedding, thank goodness she did not have her baby on our quilt, if I do not move her now, she is going to have all her babies here on our bed and then I will to be able to move them, will I hurt her and her first baby by moving them? With one quick motion, before I can think of another thing, I scoop up Mama and baby and put them into the bed and take them to our front bedroom. Mama shortly delivers her second baby. She is doing so well. I am totally overwhelmed at how great our Mama Cat Olivia is doing. She cleans each kitten as it is born and attends to the others who are already born, all while she is having contractions for the next one to soon be born. I watched for some time and saw three kittens born and knew she was going to have one more. Mark and I were getting tired and so we changed our bedding and went back to sleep to let Mama and nature perform their miracle.
When I woke up at about 6:30, I went and checked in and there were four babies and one more on the way. Mama birthed her fifth baby and started to clean it. Mama looked tired, but attended to her last one with love and care. By now her first baby was dry and looking like a mini kitty. She had a blond, two orange striped, one multicolored, and one gray kitten. They all looked great and healthy. I had never experienced this before and will always have it as one of my fond memories.
As the days passed, I was amazed at how our Mama took care of her babies. She fed them, groomed them, and cleaned up after them. I just had to make sure she had enough food. She was a super Mama to her babies. Now my husband and I had to find homes for at least 3 but hopefully 4 of our new kittens. We wanted to keep at least one. Having cats mouse on our property is a great benefit.
Mark stated that he would announce it at his school to see if any faculty and/or students wanted any kittens. We took some pictures and Mark made a small slide show to show during morning announcements. After showing our kittens Mark had many interested. From those who expressed interest, we found homes for 4 of our kittens and our blond kitty would be ours. His name would be Copernicus.
During the weeks that we had all five kittens, we enjoyed every minute. It was so cool to watch them open their eyes, take their first steps out of their bed, play with each other, wrestle with each other, and sleep with each other in one big kitten pile. It was awesome to watch Mama Cat with her babies. She loved them all.
When it was time to have the kittens go to their new homes, Mama licked each one as I placed them in the carrier and I cried as I knew she would miss them and look for them in the days to come. I arrived at Mark’s school and each kitten was given to their new family along with a little “Kitty Care Kit” I had put together for each new family.
As I am writing this post, Mama Cat Olivia and Baby Copernicus are playing with each other and their play is all in preparation for “hunting”. Mama is teaching her young well. It is all very fascinating. When Mark and I were asked by our friends to take Mama Cat whom they found abandoned in their rental, we would have never thought that we would experience such a cool natural process, LIFE
End Note: We are just about able to schedule Olivia to be spayed. We will not miss our opportunity this time around.