About four weeks ago now, I was sitting in my kitchen making a list when I noticed a little tabby cat outside of our deck door looking in. I’m calling it a tabby, but it was orange with white, anyway, back to my story. I thought nothing of the cat, there are a couple of them around, just thought it was a neighbour’s cat.
About two weeks ago, my husband is outside talking to our neighbour over our back fence and they ask him if he wants a cat. It turns out that neighbours across the street from them moved and just left the cat; abandoned it. He tells them that they have been feeding the cat tuna, but that they will need to do something about it before the snow flies because they are allergic and can’t take the cat in, but don’t want it outside in our cold winters. So for the past couple of weeks, we have also been putting food out for the cat.
We talk about it and decide that we are not sure if we are ready for another cat after losing our two cat-family members earlier this year to old age diseases. We also decide that we will talk to the neighbour about helping them get the cat to a good home.
Over this past week, the cat has become more affectionate and has wanted to be near our neighbour, and us.
And fast-forward to this moment. As I type this, I have a very tired cat and three brand new baby kittens snuggled up in the main floor bathroom beside my office.
So, it turns out this poor, abandoned cat had gotten pregnant and was alone and scared. Our neighbours found the cat with the kittens and got them in to their garage and away from any outside dangers, but they are going away this weekend, and since they are allergic, they don’t really know what to do with them.
I ran out to our old natural pet food store and grabbed some high-protein pate, dry food and some vitamins and minerals that I could mix in with the wet food to help the cat get her strength back and I picked up a temporary kitty litter, then I headed back to my neighbours house. Anyone in Edmonton right now knows that our nights are not good temperatures for day-old kittens, so I packed them up and they are now sleeping in our house.
What are we going to do with the cat and kittens? They will be staying with us for approximately 8 weeks. They will be staying together so they can properly grow. Once they are old enough (as long as they don’t have problems ahead of time), then we will be booking them all in for a vet visit (mom included). They will be spay or neutered, vaccinated and then we will look for homes for some or all of them.
I am a little scared. Right now, they are being cared for, their mom is doing a great job. I have googled enough about newborn kittens tonight and am going to turn off the computer after this post.
I only took one picture and am leaving mom and kittens alone tonight to feed and nap. I will post more about them as often as I can. I am hoping that one of you will decide that you can take over and be an awesome owner to a kitten in need when they are finally ready to go to their forever families.
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.