So, I have already introduced you to the 5 kitties that I see the most. Now I think it is time to introduce you to the next crew- the mommy cats! Starting with my dear Milky. Yup that's right- Milk is pregnant! A few weeks ago (I don't remember exactly when) I noticed that her sides were bulging out just a little. Sure enough, she's been getting larger and larger by the day! I'm not sure exactly how far along she is, but based on when I noticed she was pregnant and how much bigger she has been getting my best guess is there will be kittens sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.
Here she is with Sugar on Tuesday:
And Yesterday (as you can see, she is getting rather comfortable with me!)
Today she didn't stick around long enough for me to snap another decent picture, she ate some of her special food (around here mommy cats get kitten food, dry and wet!) but not much and then wandered off. She seems to be getting uncomfortably large, so I am wondering if she either has a lot of kittens in there or if I have under estimated how long she has been pregnant for. She is a dear, too, and lets me feel her stomach while she is eating :) Haven't felt any moving kittens, but she sure is getting big!
And as it would turn out- Milk is not the only momma cat around here! At some point Spaz started showing up. She startled me at first, RUNNING at me from the neighbors yard through the foliage right up to me and the bowl I was pouring food into. Not at all timid like the other cats. She has since damn near followed me into my house and my car and is certainly NOT afraid of me nor is she too proud to beg for food- and affection!
At first I did not know if she was a male or a female, and after I was certain she is just a people loving cat and not one that fools you into getting close so it can bite you, I went to see about picking her up to find out. Didn't take long to find out either as I right away found that she is lactating!
Spaz is quite the darling kitty cat. I have not a clue in the world where her kittens are, and am rather concerned for their health. Spaz is all fur and bones, which is ultimately why I sprang for so much kitten food. When it was only pregnant Milk, I was feeding her my cats premium food and the rest of the kitten food that my kitten had been refusing to eat. When I realized just how malnourished Spaz is, I decided she absolutely for her and her kittens health needed kitten food. She sure does look happy when she has a full belly!
And last we have CiCi, who I just found out today must also be a mommy, by glimpsing her teats as she walked down the steps! CiCi (C.C.) is short for Conjunctivitis Cat. The poor thing looks pretty worse for the wear, and I am nervous with her looking so ill and being around my other strays. She appears to have a problem with conjunctivitis and I noticed today what looks like a small growth coming off her neck... it didn't look very good.
If anyone out there has any tips on what to do with the pregnant/nursing stray cats let me know! So far I have not seen any kittens, probably partly due to there being no safe hiding places in my yard. I am considering building a makeshift shelter for the kitties, so they can move their kittens over if they so choose and Milk can have a comfy place to give birth, but I am low on funds and not sure how I could put one together cheaply. So for now I just make sure to feed them!