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Rescue Story: My First Litter

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Quince blossoms with snow, from just a few days before the mother of my first litter showed up.

Because I finally painted Nikka’s portrait this month I think I should also feature her rescue story, which includes the stories of her mother and siblings. I call it “my first litter” because the kittens were the first litter born in my house after I began rescuing. All the other cats I’d rescued to that point had been older kittens, adults or mother cats with older kittens.

Of course, I’d watched my cat Bootsie give birth to seven kittens back in 1970, but at this point I was an adult, and I was a little intimidated by the prospect, but also very excited to start learning. My veterinarian at the time was a multi-veterinarian hospital that had overnight emergency hours, so I knew I could call and ask for advice if I needed it, and I had talked to them when I took her in to talk over what to expect and what I’d be doing with them over the next three months.

I had this two-part story linked in my post about the artwork, so if you haven’t read it yet here you go…

You may have read a story here on The Creative Cat that begins:

One night in early April, 1988, still with patches of snow on the frozen earth, a very small, very pregnant cat politely but confidently asked me if she could come into my home to give birth to her kittens. Of course I said yes, and I witnessed the entrance to this life of four independent and individualistic progeny. The last one born stayed with me after the others were adopted; the “runt of the litter”, the little cat with the big attitude, a torbie, my Fawn.

Here and there I’ve written pieces of the story of the mama kitty and the special gift she gave to me—her confidence and trust, two cats who became part of my life, and a friendship with two humans that began before the adoption but endures to this day in part through the bond of that mama kitty.

Read “My First Litter”

Part One

Part Two

. . . . . . . .

The very first photo of the snow on quince flowers may seem somehow familiar. That photo was the basis photo for my block print “The Spring Kitten”, although it was taken later in the spring. Click the link to read the story.

Read other stories in my Rescue Stories series including tales of my own rescues from decades ago to today, and current stories too.

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