I would like to introduce you to Kiki. When she was a kitten, someone brought her to our business location. I wasn’t there and she talked my husband into taking this kitten. The woman said, “She just has a small sore on her neck, just put some salve on it and she will be fine”…. Fast forward past recovering from a $115 surgery to remove a wolf worm, and antibiotics later, and she is fine.
Last night, she had kittens. My kids and I were lucky enough to watch the whole thing. It was a learning experience for them that required lots of explanation. The kittens are so cute!
Not everyone is a cat lover. My husband doesn’t really like them. He does love that we have not seen a live mouse in years. The key word is ‘live’ because Kiki leaves dead ones in front of my door to brag on her abilities…blegh! Some people disapprove of bringing new kittens into the world with so many living in shelters and I get that, too. I am keeping 3 of them and giving one away.
I wanted Kiki to have one litter, that actually lives, before we get her fixed. Her first litter all died, one by one. That frequently happens with a cat’s first litter, so I wasn’t surprised, but I was disappointed.
That second liter….well now…that is a more sinister story. I came home from work one day to find my neighbor’s pit bull standing between me and my front door, growling viciously. You see, he had just ingested all our kittens and he was territorial about that spot. We were all so devastated. My kids and I cuddled those tiny kittens every night when we got home, so they had become a part of our routine and our family.
I don’t have a problem with pit bulls. I suspect that this dog had not been fed well enough for his size. He had a heavy log chain hanging from his neck, so he probably isn’t the happiest dog. This same dog ate all but one of my chickens, in a separate incident about a month later, but that’s a story for another day. Like Kiki kills mice, the pit bull kills smaller prey. I have to admit talking about the ordeal again, stills stings a bit.
Let’s lighten things up, shall we? Kiki is being a good momma and these 4 kittens appear healthy. My kids have named them all, then changed those names, only to change them again. Maybe soon I will let them know that they probably aren’t all girls😉.