A few years ago I learned about feral (wild) cats.  Feral cats were much different than my regular domestic cats.

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I am a quick study and put myself in touch with the local feral cat rescue group.  We borrowed and bought humane traps and started trapping and fixing the cat family.  We did not need any more unwanted kittens that was for sure.

We thought we had everyone trapped when a cat showed up wanting food.

We started feeding him and decided he needed to be fixed too.  So on January 14, John Boy went to get fixed at a place which specializes in fixing feral cats.

I picked John up the next day and was told John was a girl.  Uh Oh!  I asked if she was pregnant.  They answered no.  Then I asked if she was nursing.  Again the response was no.

John was renamed Stella.  She returned home and was let out.  She continued to come many times a day and eat.  She was ravenous but we figured it was because it was cold and snowy and she needed more fuel.

Then on February 14, a day before a blizzard hit Cincinnati, we discovered Stella sitting on the lounge chair on our all season room with 3 beautiful, tiny kittens.  We immediately shut the door so she could not escape and captured the kittens.  They were about 5 weeks old.  They seemed in good health and could eat really watered down wet food.  We put the kittens back with Stella and proceeded to put a dog house and heating pads out in the all season room.

The kittens went to the vet and she could not believe how healthy they were.  A true miracle the kittens survived at all since they would have been around 1 week old.

The best we could figure Stella was overeating and regurgitating her food to feed her babies.  And then miracle of miracles -- she brought the three babies to us the day before a blizzard.

Theo_Benji_ValentineThe kittens, forever known as the kittens, are a year and half today and still live with their mom, Stella.  Theo, Benji and Valentine (Valley Girl) live comfortably in the house with the humans and like to visit the all season room to watch the birds and squirrels.

 Jenny Thacker

 

Jenny says, "I am an avid pet rescuer, educator and pet sitter in Cincinnati."

 

 


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