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Unexpected Furry Guests

Orange Kitten Cats

A few days ago, we discovered that a pair of stray or feral cats had a litter of four kittens in the storage area outside of Chris’s shop. There’s two orange and white kittens, one tabby kitten and one calico kitten. They all look like they will have long hair like the daddy.

The parents

The father kitty I would say is definitely feral. He’s very skittish and runs almost immediately when he sees us. The mother is wary but not as quick to run in a way that makes me think she may be more stray than feral. Since finding the kittens, I’ve started putting out kitten food for the mom in hopes of gaining her trust. She already seems to know that I bring food and she doesn’t need to run. At one point yesterday, she actually began walking toward me, but stopped about halfway and went back to the food. Daddy cat was nearby, and it was almost like he warned her to stay back. 

Mommy kitten cat
Momma Kitty

The kittens

I’m not able to get too close to the kittens, but there are four and they appear to be in good health. I think they are about 4-5 weeks because they are still nursing but have their eyes open and are playful and curious. They have the instinct to run and hide, but one in particular immediately peeks out from it’s hiding spot and watches me.

Orange Kitten Cats
One of these is the peek-a-boo kitty. They look just like Daddy cat.

Since the mother is taking care of the kittens, it’s my understanding that it’s best to wait until they are a bit older before trying to move them. With shelters and rescues limited by COVID-19 related restrictions, this is especially true.

Tabby and calico kitten cats
The tabby and calico kittens are on the right. They tend to hide when I have the camera.

In the meantime, I plan to keep an eye on them and try to get them used to my presence. Today, when I put food out for Momma kitty, she came within eight feet of me and began eating while I talked to her. That’s closer than she’s ever come before.

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Like Cats and Dogs

While we were away, Chris did a ton of work on the house. He also tackled a major challenge: making sure our cats and dogs get along. Merlin was old and mean, so the dogs left him alone other than an occasional nose-touch in passing. The kittens, on the other hand, are young and run and jump and play and desperately want to be friends with the dogs.

Shadow is a little afraid of them, so she mostly avoids them. Jake is still a bit of a puppy himself, so he takes much more interest in them. The problem is he is an eighty-plus pound Pit Bull and they are five month old kittens. We have had concerns that he might be interested in them as kitty-snacks, so their interactions have involved kennels or leashes and been limited.

This past week, however, Chris took advantage of the quiet to properly introduce Jake to the kitties. The end result is adorable.

I do worry about accidental injuries because Jake is so much bigger, so I still keep a close eye on them. He really is very sweet and gentle with the kittens though. When we first let them out together in the mornings, the kittens rub all over his legs and purr while he has his big, goofy, happy pit smile on his face.

Angel is the feisty runt, so Jake tolerating him is awesome.
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Summer recap

Photos from our summer adventures.

My baby got a haircut and instantly looked older.

We set up an “indoor” pool.

We visited the park.

And the library.

And an indoor playground.

We had lazy days.

And silly days.

We grew sunflowers.

We gained fur-babies.

We visited more parks, where I tried not to have heart attacks while my boys were monkeys.

And had fun.