Saturday, May 9, 2015

A litter of nursing kittens

Look what I have under my roof at the moment. Pretty adorable, aren't they? Yes, I'm a foster mama again. These kittens are about two weeks old.















This beautiful mama and her four babies kittens were dropped off at a local kill shelter. They did not have room for them and reached out to some other shelters to see if they could find a foster, so they wouldn't have to put them down. This is unfortunately not uncommon in the springtime, during "kitten season". When I got the call, of course I said yes.

The mother, Ophelia, is a small kitty and fairly young herself. I don't know that she's even a year old. She is one of the most gentle, calm cats I've ever met, and very affectionate. She is exceptionally tolerant and will let me get up close to take pictures of her and her babies.






 






Today I went in the master bath, where the foster cats stay, and l lay down on the floor to shoot some pictures and just look at them. The kittens began nursing and I listened to them purr and suckle and watched them knead their mother's tummy. I felt a sense of peace wash over me. I don't think it's possible to feel stress in the presence of purring cats.

I am not a religious person. I think of god as simply the energy of pure love and compassion and peace. It is oftentimes when I am in the presence of animals that I feel imbued with that energy. I felt that this morning as I lay on the cool tile floor and watched this beautiful mother nursing her babies. Afterwards, they fell asleep against her warm tummy.

















Ophelia and all four of her kittens will be up for adoption in about six weeks. If you are interested in opening up your home to one of these amazing animals, feel free to contact me.







9 comments:

  1. I really want one but I imagine the shipping costs might be prohibitive.

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    1. I hear they have kittens in Great Britain. I don't know that for sure, but there's a rumor going around.

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    2. We do. But not those kittens.

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  2. I need kittens - but apparently bossy boots needs a dog more than I need kittens.

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    1. Oh but Badger, THESE kittens are pretty special and they need a home. I'm sure they would love Indianapolis.

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  3. There is something so powerful about being around animals, I agree. So calming and soulful. I am so glad you are a willing foster carer!

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    1. We just love it. They bring a lot of joy to the house. The kids love them and have learned a lot about caring gently for animals. x

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    1. Aren't they? They're a lot bigger now, but still adorable.

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