First-Time Mums aren’t all the same. I suppose I should really be comparing apples with apples but I’m not. I’ve been watching our young cat with her new kittens.
At first we were surprised, Candy Cat is barely more than a kitten herself. I had not had the ‘Birds and the Bees’ talk with her yet or taken her to the vet for further “Discussions” on the matter. My bad.
Final stages of gestation were certainly similar to my own experience – she looked fat (maybe glowing, but I couldn’t tell), uncomfortable, hungry, uncomfortable, lethargic and uncomfortable.
We returned from a weekend away and she no longer looked fat. She was hollow-looking. And hungry. Very hungry.
And that was the end of it….or so it appeared. No kittens anywhere to be seen or heard.
I. LOOKED. EVERY. WHERE.
Not one but two weeks later, Candy Cat appears at my office door with a high-pitched squealing kitten in her mouth and dropped her with a resounding PLONK at my feet.
Rule number one for human mothers – Don’t drop your baby on his or her head!
Out of interests sake, grown cats may land on their feet every time. Two-week old kittens….not so much.
Now, my observations could really gather momentum!
THINGS I LEARNT THAT CAT MOTHERS DO, THAT HUMAN MOTHERS DON’T –
- Cats carry their kittens in their mouth. If they are woeful at it, they injure the kittens. (I’m pretty sure I clipped my newborn baby’s nails to close to the skin and it bled a little. I felt terribly guilty. But I never bit her too hard and created a weeping gash in her chest – yay me!)
- Cats ignore the crying or leave.
- Cats leave the kittens to fend for themselves for days at a time.
- Cats hide the kittens away from society.
- Cats misplace the kittens and forget where they left them.
- Cats think of themselves first eg., food, water, shelter, hunting, outings.
- Cats leave kittens under the supervision of those you would least expect. ie THE DOG!
- Cats have fleas and they don’t even seem to itch.
- Cat’s don’t mind if a 1-year-old human “sibling” snigs the kittens around the verandah by the tail for a few minutes at a time. Apparently they are playing.
It has been almost another week since collecting this original data.
In that time Candy – Mother of the Year – Cat has:
- Disappeared overnight
- Reappeared with a second kitten
- “Lost” both kittens
- And is presently living a life of luxury, with NO responsibilities, as she continues to be doted on, in the hope that she will bring her family back!
Any ideas where a first-time, perhaps not particularly maternal, Mother Cat might potentially put two adorable kittens called ‘Tinkerbell’ and ‘Daisy’ for safekeeping?? HELP!