It looks like this is kitten week in The Shed
Up bright and early this morning, five o-clock. My first thought was, "Is she OK? She had been wanting constant attention yesterday, hadn't eaten much
so I thought she might be due even though my vet had said she wasn't far along.
I was right.
Her water had broken and she was "nesting" in the litter box ( there was a nice birthing box), franticly cleaning herself of cat-litter and twirling
around in labour.
I took one look, thanking her for waiting till I got up, put on the tea kettle, secluded the very curious dogs into another room, much to their
dismay, they have a morning routine. But being generally patient with their human they settled down.
Fed Angel, the Matron cat going on fifteen, set up her kennel, which she delightedly occupied. If I leave it out I would never see her. Put her and
all her regalia in the bathroom, which she adores.
Got a bucket of water and started the re-location clean up process.
Cloud out of litter box into birthing box, no problem. She is a doll.
Food, water, litterbox out ( they don't relieve themselves during birth].
Clean up terrible stinky mess, relieve my-self, clean more, again offer to the gods (minor), put back food and water, all the while I am talking to
her and patting her.
Finally, a hot cup of tea.
All this took less time than writing it.
I knew it could take time and all she needed was a peaceful seclude space, so I warded off the cage with cardboard and a cloth cover (it is a big
cage) and forced my self to do "normal" stuff.
Trimmed the garden hedges, drove the van to the mechanic (another story), laundry, called the vet to tell her I was having kittens and the "procedure"
scheduled for tomorrow had become obsolete.
By ten o-clock she had five kittens.
I made a new box with help from a neighbor who had two I could shape together. Cleaned out the whole thing again with vinegar.
She is one happy camper.
She loves me petting her and holding the kittens, she cares less about the dogs, but Angel, who hates other animals (not humans) has to stay in the
Thank you for reading.
I am exhausted and have to make a very hard decision by morning.
edit on 1-7-2019 by WalkInSilence because: colour