Hi guys – Danielle from Ark on the Edge here. Well, well, well stupid me thinking there used to be a kitten season and after my last article about the 11 black and white brigade kittens that we had, were all successfully rehomed just after new year and are doing fantastically well. And I thought that would be it for kittens until the autumn – oh, how wrong could I be.
Just a couple of weeks after the black and white brigade found homes, we had a special admission – meet Molly; she is a 2 year old female tabby who came into us HEAVILY pregnant, after her owner was moving and could not take her with her – sadly though, this would be Molly’s third litter!!! Third and last as we spay when babies are old enough.
Well, waiting for Molly to have her babies was like waiting for the royal baby! She hung on and on and on and it seemed that the whole of the North East of England were waiting with baited breath.
One Thursday morning, Molly was exceptionally uncomfortable and crying excessively and it soon became clear that she was in labour, she started around 11am, and then baby number one made an appearance! Just after 1pm, a tabby just like mummy, half an hour later, baby 2 arrived, another tabby.
And then it wasn’t until 3pm that baby number 3 arrived and half an hour later baby number 4 – another 2 tabbies. Molly did struggle giving birth to the final 2 and for a few moments we thought we were going to have to intervene – but in the end Molly managed.
Babies were 2 boys and 2 girls and within 24 hours of being born, one of our volunteers reserved the 2 boys for homes and then a couple of days after that a lovely lady came to see the 2 girls and even better she wanted to give molly a home aswell!!!!!! So 2 boys – Joe and Harry will be heading off to a home five minutes away from us with a volunteer and 2 girls Tinker and Belle will be going to a home with their mum. What a good outcome!!!
Not 2 weeks after Molly gave birth we took in another heavily pregnant female called Maisey – she hasn’t given birth as yet but again, we are waiting with baited breath as it can’t be much longer – poor Maisey is only 18 months old and we know that this is her 2nd litter at least!! I will let you know when Maisey’s babies arrive – but the good news is that Maisey and one of her babies have already been reserved for a home together!!!!!
Speak to you all soon.