I began putting out bowls of dog food and water, which she promptly gobbled up. She was eating so much food, but continuing to starve. So, I bought some cat food and began leaving a little more food in the yard.
I put the food as far away from the house as possible, thinking she was just a neighborhood cat hanging around because I was feeding her. We have a large front yard, so I would put the food and water at the far edge of the yard. When the ants got in it, I took out a plastic liner for plants to act as a mote.
As I look at her curled up next me while I write this, my heart breaks a little to think that I was trying to keep her away. I feel especially bad knowing what I now know. After a few days of feeding what I thought of as "the kitty," I realized that she had be nursing. That same day, I found her nursing those kitties: six of them!
|This is the first photo I ever took of|
MissKitty. I had just decided to
No wonder she had still been starving on the piddly amount of food I left for her! That amount of food was only enough for one cat, not seven! Soon after that, I began leaving out much more food, but decided to bring it to the back yard, where the kittens were staying.
I also spotted her hefting rabbits that were larger than she was over my six-foot fence. All six kittens were perfectly healthy. She completely sacrificed her own well-being for that of her babies. I know that much of that has to do with instinct, but I've heard of cats that do the opposite.
|This is right before she got spayed.|
She still tried to nurse after being spayed,
so I had to separate them until she healed.
Even after two weeks of healing, she tried to nurse.
|MissKitty reaches for the phone.|
|MissKitty still loves to hang out with her kittens.|
Cheetah is on the left, and Gracie on the right.
|Can you believe that sweet little face?|
|This photo was taken just a couple of days ago.|
She still loves to groom all her babies, and play with them.
|A little LOLCat I created that pokes fun at my dancing ability|
|MissKitty loves to stick her tongue out.|
|This is an early photo of me holding her.|
|This one pokes fun at my dad's computer literacy. :)|
|This is when she was recovering from spay surgery.|
I bought this super-cushy bed to set on the couch next to me