I absolutely LOVE (!) this fantastic 5-second video clip. It’s at the bottom of the page, scroll down.
My cat gave birth a couple of days ago.
One of her kittens was stillborn and the mother cat had already isolated it from the rest of the litter the first time I checked. I’ve buried it.
I took away the woven box in which she gave birth and replaced it with a nylon mesh laundry basket that I proceeded to line with old T-shirts and towel.
I then moved two kittens from the box to the basket.
The mother cat started meowing frantically and searching high and low.
I was puzzled and thought she wanted back the bloodstained box. So I got the box and there was a third kitten left in the box. It had been dead, which was why I missed seeing it earlier (because it didn’t move).
I only caught sight of the two live ones.
My cat is a first-time young mother. Two of her kittens survive and two were stillborn. She stopped searching for the second dead kitten after a bit. I don’t know what the cat was thinking through it all.
But life goes on.
Of the two living ones, one is a calico like the mother while the other is white with ginger patches.
My cat is nesting under the stairs.
So I’ve put a makeshift partition around this small, triangular below stairs area and leaving two separate cracks (‘doors’) for the cat to go in and out. I’ve also placed some foot mats (because once the kittens start crawling, the floor will be cold for them) as ‘carpeting’.
Although the closed-off space under the stairs gives my nursing cat privacy, half the time she still prefers – understandably – to lie outside at the entrance of her new den where it is cooler and more airy while her kittens remain inside the ‘nursery’.
BELOW: The funniest ever cat gif
It’s very brief – only five seconds – blink and you’ll miss it
Postscript: If you’re wondering why this posting is not about politics, well, it’s just my experiment. I’m testing …