They were born in their foster mom’s home. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 tiny kittens. Two gray and white, two tortoiseshell and one calico. They became the “Little Women” litter, with mama cat Patches as the matriarch.
It’s nerve-wracking enough to have kittens born in your home and witness their most fragile moments. And when you have a reluctant mama who feels her job is now done once she’s given birth, it’s even more of a challenge. Luckily, Connecticut Humane Society foster volunteer Angela was experienced with newborn litters.
And, she was ready to have them for an extended stay, due to COVID-19 restrictions. They had all the medical care and supplies needed to raise healthy kittens, thanks to generous supporters.
“The first two days, Patches tried to escape the kitten room. I would go in every two hours and pet her so she would nurse. She also wouldn’t stay in the nest, so for the first four weeks, we’d put heating discs in it for the babies,” Angela said.
Beth, the calico, had to be bottle fed. The runt of the litter, she wasn’t gaining weight and needed extra time with mom. Angela would put the 4 other furry family members in another area while Beth got one-on-one Mom time.
With Angela monitoring their eating and weight (and mama cat’s moods), and CHS’ medical team examining them every few weeks, Beth, Amy, Jo, Meg and Laurence grew big and strong. They climbed up the side of the bed in their foster room, they pounced on toys, they jumped on each other, they posed for some of the most perfect kitten pictures ever. They were a lot to keep up with!
Four homes across the state now have new kitten energy (one family adopted two siblings together), and Patches is also ready for her new family….and probably a nice, long nap!