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So, as you may remember, over the summer I was trying to tame some feral kittens and their Mom. Though the Mom let me touch her, leaving me convinced she'd had humans at some time in her life, she wouldn't let me get two hands on her, or even one solidly, much less pick her up. Well, as is the way of stray Momcats, she was pregnant again over the winter months. And she got very wide indeed.

And a few days ago, she started purring when I petted her, and sniffing my fingers, and letting me touch her with both hands. Thinking it would be much easier to tame kittens if they were in my house, I picked her up and brought her in.

She spent two days being freaked out, but when nothing bad happened and I brought good food, she returned to sniffing my fingers and purring when I petted her.

And today she had her kittens, at least four of them. I'm not sure if she's done, but she let me pick them up!! The giant pale thing in the pictures is my hand.

And after picking up and petting her babies, I petted Mama, who purred!  (Of course, she appreciated the canned cat food  and fresh water too.)

I'm pretty sure I have them pictured in the order of their birth.  This one here--the darker of the browns-and-white ones, I actually saw being born.

I'm not sure how I managed to get two pictures of all but the black and white kitten. 

But I turned off the lights in the room they're in, so I'm going to let Mama sleep.

At least one of the kittens purred for me too!

And now I had better get my #fridayflash piece posted.  One of my nice surprises this week was a sponsor for the next sequel to Feather-Blessed.  So I had to write it!

And then sleep, so I can try to finish the monster file-sorting job they had me tackle at my temp job.  (There's a reason lawyers have assistants; the ones who don't remind us of these things.  Eventually.)

A joyous night to everyone!



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Mar. 5th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
Are you climbing on a chair and holding your skirts up, or running to peek in on them?
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Too cute!
Mar. 6th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
Mar. 5th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Ahhhh, the cute! *melts*
Mar. 6th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Today, one of them was climbing on top of Mama to be closer to the radiator.
Mar. 5th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Kittens! Congratulations, dula. :)
Mar. 6th, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-D
Mar. 5th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
They're adorable and so little. I'm sure they have been well worth the effort. I miss having a kittens and pets in general. I may have to have the hubby talked into getting a dog though. For some reason the landlord won't allow cats.
Mar. 6th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
That's too bad. And they are adorable. :-D
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Mar. 6th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
There was an all-black one this morning. So there's at least five. Sadly, she's not enthusiastic about letting me see them all at once. Yet.
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Mar. 6th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Mar. 8th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
AAaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww how cute!
Mar. 11th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
I'd offer you a warm kitten, if you lived nearer!
Mar. 11th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
And I would probably have to turn you down. 5 has been a bit much at times, wouldn't want more right now!
Mar. 11th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Five IS a bit much!

OK, I'd only invite you to come play with them. :-D
Mar. 12th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC)
And I would happily come to play with them :)
Mar. 11th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
PS- Go here: http://zellie-bean.livejournal.com/391209.html?thread=1863465#t1863465

Then listen to the podcast in the link. I haven't yet, I'm dealing with Mcafee software issues at the moment :) You can trust Zellie though.
Mar. 11th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
She sent me an e-mail, and I will go listen, but the laptop was acting up last night. Maybe tonight will be better.
Mar. 12th, 2010 07:38 am (UTC)
No worries. If you are short on time, press "play" to get it started on the download, then pause it to let it buffer. At least listen to the last few minutes now, then go back and listen to the whole thing when the laptop is behaving & you have more time.

Mar. 11th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
Yay for kittens, and especially for mama letting you bring her inside. Hope they're well-placed when it's time for that.
Mar. 11th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
:-D I plan to enjoy the kittens wholeheartedly, once they grow past the stage my sister calls "blind mice". I'm enjoying them now, but I know they'll be more fun soon. If you know someone who wants a kitten, let me know. These should be very very tame, since I started handling them on their birthday.

And the Mama is letting me pet her, so long as the babies are asleep or I'm willing to reach over the back of the couch. She actually hissed at me last night because I was leaving!
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