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.