Ok. We may have gone over ten in this Top of the cuteness countdown. How can we choose when the level of April Showers Kittens cuteness is SO overwhelming? If you don’t believe us, watch these cuties on Kitty Cat Cam and see if they don’t melt your heart. Don’t forget to help out Towncats, the sponsor who rescues these tiny beauties and gives them a chance at a great life. Like, Donate or Adopt if you can. Every little bit makes a difference!
Apologies to our readers for not blogging about our first 2016 Kitty Cat Cam litter sooner, but the start of kitten season has arrived like a furious tsunami. We’re calling this new brood the “April Showers” kittens because El Nino has finally blessed us with some downpour here in California. And with it, came a deluge of adorable kittens. The story begins with Towncats, the fantastic rescue organization whom we assist, calling us up and asking, “Is thirteen too many cats for you to take?” Normally, I would have said “Are you crazy.” But the reality was that three feline sisters had all gotten pregnant and given birth on practically the same day in the same house. The resulting ten kittens weren’t sure which Madonna was their actual Mommy. The three sisters had developed an efficient system for sharing the work across the whole lot of them. Powerful bonds had been forged and separating them might mean terrible trauma. For this reason, we summoned our best Arnold “The Terminator” voice and answered… “Failure is not an option!” That is how the Kitty Cat Cam playroom became filled to the brim with captivating kittens!
I want everyone to meet our sweet Momma cats through this first blog post. The first Mum is Sasha, a dark faced tortie with a heart of gold and the beauty, depth and patience of a Russian iconic saint. The second is a distinctly pale faced tortie, known as Jamaica. She is fiery and opinionated, a little impatient at times, but oh so loving as she rolls over and invites you to massage her poor, swollen, abused nipples! The last Mum is Sassy. She’s somewhat unusual in that she’s an orange tabby female. Normally, orange tabbies are all male. Maybe that’s why they named her Sassy? I’m not sure because she is the most docile, nurturing and laid back of the three. The name Sassy feels like a contradiction. They ingeniously share the work of caring for 10 kittens, all nursing when needed, but each has her own “specialty.” Jamaica is the wise disciplinarian, breaking up fights and righting wrongs. Sasha is the watchdog, running to them and checking the perimeter for danger when one cries or whimpers. She also seems to be teaching them how to play and hunt. Sassy is the nurturer for the most part. Constantly providing baths and comfort and mommy warmth. Lucky kittens!!!
The sad lesson behind this blog is one regarding the dangers of teenage feline pregnancy. The caretaker of these girls/Mommas thought she had more time. She kindly cared for them and they turned out wonderful as a result. Unfortunately, cats can go into heat even before they have fully matured at a full year. We might tell ourselves “I’ll find the time and money to get them fixed next week or next month,” but cats RARELY adapt to our schedules. There are far too many orphan cats and kittens already and we as animal lovers are the only ones who can help change this. These girls are now bravely coping with motherhood even before they could enjoy the remainder of their own kittenhood. They obviously don’t mind their maternal situation, but will be happy when they are relieved of duty. They desperately want a home of their own in which to luxuriate and dominate all attentions the way that sweet, beautiful creatures, such as themselves, deserve.
Another data point that the resident vet at Towncats (Dr. Bing) clued me into, one most people don’t realize… cats that are spayed BEFORE their first heat never need to worry about the risk of breast cancer. Unlike dogs, breast cancer in cats metastasizes almost immediately and is, as a rule, fatal. A female kitten that is spayed promptly is more likely to live a long and healthy life. Some believe that allowing a female cat to have a few heats and even give birth once or twice will make them a better cat. Evidence shows that this is not behaviorally true and the few illnesses that hormone production might benefit from are far less prevalent and deadly than that of breast tumors. Food for thought!
If you want to help cats and kittens like these and promote public education regarding feline teenage pregnancy, consider liking and or donating to Towncats or even adopting if you can, and tell others about the Kitty Cat Cam Reality Cat TV foster site. Our orphans Thank you!