When the going gets tough, the tough get kittens

kittens in the basketSo, this sweet tortoiseshell kitty was dropped off on us, as often happens when living on a farm, and last month she had six kittens. Then, she adopted the two tiny orphans brought to us by my daughter-in-law. That makes eight.  I have what we call ‘kitten corner’ on the sun space where people love to gather and watch the kittens play and play with them in turn. It’s a happy spot. Our tiny pom-poo, Sadie, is kitten mad. Our rescue dog, Jilly, doesn’t care about them either way. She was told firmly on her introduction here not to chase cats, and she doesn’t see what else of interest is to be done with them.

mama cat and happy kittenSadie will really miss these little guys when they’re gone. So will I. Meanwhile, I’m doing my best to take care of the brood, along with the help of the very able mama kitty. I’ve decided to call her Miss Kitty. Don’t tell my DH, but she’s staying. Miss Kitty is such a quiet little cat he may not notice. She’s also quite pretty. It is my wild and crazy hope that maybe on down the road I can breed her to the gorgeous Siamese male who has taken up residence on our farm, and she will have amazing kittens. But I haven’t worked out the details yet, given that he’s on the wild side. I’m also thinking it’s possible I may create a new breed, or she may birth my long awaited orange and blue kitten. It’s possible I’m also kitten mad.
“You can’t help that. We’re all mad here.” – The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland

Sadie with the kittensI can dream, right?

“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”-George Mikes

As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat. – Ellen Perry Berkeley

But we can try.

**Sadie with the kittens. Images by daughter Elise.

11 responses to “When the going gets tough, the tough get kittens

  1. There’s nothing better than a basket o’ kitties.


  2. Too sweet Beth! Cats and kittens bring us a special joy all their own. Love the photos! Jinny


  3. I love the photos, Beth. I don’t know how anyone can resist the lure of kittens. And the mama looks sweet, too. We have two cats. If my husband weren’t sensible, I’d have a house full of cats.


    • Yes! I have three cats already and my husband has noticed, but the mama kitty is quiet and very sweet and he sees all the joy she and the kittens have brought. Thank God for the sunspace. It’s roomy and lovely for them. Lots of windows I can open and I leave the door ajar to the dining room for extra air when needed, and run a small fan.


  4. So sweet, Beth! Good luck with finding good homes. 🙂


  5. So sweet, Beth. Who can resist kittens? Good luck with finding them good homes. 🙂


  6. I love kittens. Wish I lived closer I would love to have one. You have all kinds of colors there too. So pretty.
    Sue B


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