Thursday, December 15, 2011

Instincts & Mother Nature

As most of you know, my cat Fifi has recently had 5 kittens.  If you know anything else about  me, than you know how much I love cats.  I have grown up having cats and have always had a cat throughout my married life.  I would have 10 cats if Hubs let me!
Hubs on the other hand isn't so keen on cats but tolerates them for me.  Hubs jokes that I will be that old lady in the supermarket with nothing else in my trolley but canned cat food!.  HA!
Fifi getting pregnant was an accident.  I never wanted to have kittens. Having kittens meant additional work for me and the heart-break of having to give them away.  But one night as I opened the back door to feed the dog, Fifi snuck out and hopped the fence before I could catch her.  She was out all night.  I was scared and worried. 
Now we have 5 little babies.  5 precious babies.  5 new little lives.  As much as I love kittens, I love these ones even more. 



I delivered them.  Without going into too much detail, Fifi had a hard time with 2 of them and I "assisted".  I cleaned their little faces and noses so they could breath.  I'm sure if I didn't intervene things may have worked out - after all, Fifi is a cat and it's mother nature to birth her babies alone and take care of that process on her own. 
But Fifi wanted me there.  She kept following me, and literally got up to follow me out of the laundry room as she was delivering a kitten!.  I stayed right beside her for the entire 4 hours it took her to birth 5 babies. 
Fifi loves me and trusts me.  She trusts me enough to have me there assisting with her delivery.  But the funniest thing happened this morning.  As I was sitting on the floor directly beside her, I scooped up one of the kittens and had it in my hand.  Fifi immediately sat up, and grabbed her baby by the back of the neck and put it back with it's siblings and layed back down cuddling her babies.  She didn't want me holding her baby!.  I can pet them while they are with her, but I can't pick it up.
Mother Nature has kicked in and her instincts are telling her that she wants her baby close to her and no one to pick them up. 
This just amazes me and makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Now I do realize that I am taking about cats & kittens, and to some they are a dime a dozen and I do understand that the pet population is high and we should be spaying and neutering our animals.  Fifi will be spayed as soon as her kittens are weaned by the way.  But don't think i'm crazy becuase there is a moral and lesson to my story.
It's the instincts that have left me in awe in this whole experience.  As mothers we will do anything for our babies and do anything to protect them.  Even cats will protect their babies and don't want the person they are closest to handle them. 
It's our instinct to protect our young - don't get in the way of a Mama and her Cubs. 



Jennifer Kay said...

Awww....we let our mini schnauzer have puppies a few years ago and we had to "assist" her as well because she just got so tired she refused to push anymore! I remember how she would snatch one out of our hands and put it back in the box but then after like two weeks when they were barking like crazy when she walked into a room? She was SO over it and we had to force her in with them!

Good luck, cute kitties.

Lacee said...

Nicole, you and I can be crazy cat ladies together mmkay?? I love kitty cats too...always have. And if I could I would have more than just my one fur baby. You should at least keep one kitten! If I lived closer I would so take one...they are just precious! Loved your story and you are so right about mommas dining anything to protect their little babes :)

Brit @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

Awwww, I will admit to you, don't hate me though, I am not a cat person, but look at the preciousness of those little things! So very cute, and loved your story :) Congrats to the new mama cat and good luck ;)

Salena @ A Little Piece of Me said...

Darn hormones!!! This got me teary eyed! It's the sweetest story! How amazing that you experienced that whole thing with Fifi. I experienced watching child birth when my daughter gave birth to my grandaughter. It was the most disturbing thing I have EVER SAW!! Till this day I have a hard time thinking about it but that moment when she was out and to see her open her eyes and make her first noise, it was the most precious thing. :)

The Crafted Sparrow said...

Love it! I have to say I'm a bit jealous, I've always wanted to have kittens in our house...but not all that comes with it! And the fact that our pets are spayed & nutered puts a squash on that anyway! :D They are adorable, and I love my cats sooo much I would love another...I do not LOVE cleaning the litter box though! Ha ha!

The Cantelmo Family said...

awwww, so cute!!! they remind me of my cat leah I had growing up!! One of our cats maddie had kitties, it was an amazing experience!! those kitties are too cute!!

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