Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A New House Guest

As most of my followers know, I work with a local no-kill cat shelter, Standish Humane Society, fostering pregnant moms.  Last Wednesday, I received a call from the director asking if I would be able to take in a pregnant cat that was rescued from a barn that was housing over 13 cats.  As crazy as my life is I couldn't say no to her knowing that the barn owner felt "It's just a cat, the coyotes will get it at some point.  Why waste the money."  I have trouble believing that people are so callous but it would seem that they are out there.  We made arrangements to have her come on Thursday morning.  I got a call Wednesday evening saying that she had already gone into labor and we wouldn't be able to get her until Saturday.  She delivered 5 beautiful kittens!  Looks like 4 girls and 1 boy.  We named her Pheobe.  She is extremely malnurished.  If she weighs more than 2 lbs I would be shocked.   Her fur is sparse and you can feel all of her bones when you pet her.  But, putting all that aside, she is a terrific mom, very attentive to her little ones and is EXTREMELY sweet.  She purrs all the time, loves to be picked up, and cuddles right up next to you.  She even let me trim her nails.  Just Sweet.  I am looking forward to taking care of this little family, and usually I tend to pay more attention to the kittens but right now she needs my help and attention to get healthy again.  I will post pics of kittens when they have adjusted to being here.  Wish me luck!

19 comments:

gracie said...

she looks like she is a sweetheart.....

Jenny said...

Oh, what a little cutie! And kittens too - I wish I could be there to get me some cat snuggles!
Also, thanks so much for doing this, Nataly. It is wonderful to know that there are people out there who care and help!

Mouse said...

ohhh she is adorable and what a good mum too and considering her beginning is very social with humans :) can't wait to see the babies :) love mouse xxx

Kelly said...

She is so pretty! Can't wait to see pictures of the kitties.

cucki said...

she is o sweet..kisses xxx

Teresa said...

Nataly I can't wait to watch those little kittens grow. What a lucky little momma to be in your loving care. Does she get along with the big puppy?
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Gabi said...

Gosh, her head and body look malnourished. And that while she has to take care of little ones. She surely found a place where she can safely recover. No wonder she purrs all the time. :)

Jennifer said...

sweet cat. I just wrote on another blog where they got a cat too. It must be that time of year. LOL

Jennifer

Tricia said...

Give her lots of hugs and kisses for me. I am allergic to cats now, and can't come near them, but I grew up with them and love them bunches! Enjoy your houseguests!

Deborah said...

Nataly, the kitties that you foster just melt my heart. One of these times I will be adopting. Mom looks looks like a sweet kitty. Deborah

Catherine said...

She looks like a baby herself! Very cute and how wonderful of you to take her and her kittens in!

Lesleyanne said...

A very cute cat. Can't wait to see her kittens.

valerie said...

It's wonderful that you have the time and space to foster. There are so many cats and kittens that need help! Can't wait to see kitten photos!

Nancy said...

She is so pretty! Glad she has you to help her raise those kittens and help her get healthy!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I just had to call my son to the computer to show him the cute cat pic! He will explode with excitement if you post pics of the kittens, please do soon :-)

Rachael xxx said...

Aww she looks lovely.
Lovely colour! It makes me mad when people have the no care attitude when it comes to animals especially Cats.
I am waiting to hear if I can be a Fosterer.

Jane said...

It's so sad to hear the cruelty such innocent animals suffer, thank goodness you can give her a temperary home where with your love and care she will hopefully grow in strength and be the perfect Mum. I thank God every day for my chance at rescuing Oscar, he's adorable xxx

Stitching Noni said...

Hi Nataly, what you do is wonderful. I can not understand how people can be so cruel to animals. Your new addition to the family looks so sweet - her colouring is beautiful. I bet her babies are adorable. Look forward to seeing pics soon.

Take care,

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Bekca said...

That's a kind and selfless thing you're doing Nataly, I wish everyone was as nice as you are to animals. Can't wait to see the pics of the kittens, Pheobe looks adorable.