Tuesday, March 18, 2008

COT Superfecund Girl


A stray girl in the back has just given birth to several kittens. We're not sure how many she had in total, but two died yesterday and there are five little ones left. We've given them a Tiger beer box to shelter in so hopefully some will make it.

What's interesting is that we can see quite easily that the fathers of these kittens are different. (BTW, for new cat-lovers: cats are superfecund, meaning that the girls who mate with lots of boys give birth to litters of kittens where kittens may different fathers. Weird, huh?)

The little ginger one is obviously one of Yow-Yow's but the grey ones must be offspring from another stray tom in our area, a funny grey and pale cream cat with pale purple eyes.

One bit of news: our Target won't be adding to the kitten problem. He went to the vet last week and had the snip. He's 100% recovered and is in an excellent mood!




15 comments:

Adan*Michico said...

I hope the babies are all healthy and have great loving home!

Criz Lai said...

Wow.. so many kittens! My kittens came from one cat, Jonathan who is a greyish cat but the litters cameout to be two gingers and one grey. Please explain that.. haha :P

Anyway, Jon will have to go for the snip soon. Come in and see how he tore down my house! Humpph~~

http://crizcats.blogspot.com

Gattina said...

Kittens are always very cute but it is also a trouble to find them good homes. Female cats should all be spayed. To decrease the misery of female stray cats in Brussels we have young vet and vet students going through the city in a bus and collect stray cats spay them and let the free when it's done and they are OK again. That helps a little.

Maple Loo said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog catwoman;) Boy, you keep getting kittens and we, puppies. What are you gonna do with all of them??
I'm posting about my parents' cats tonight, just received a bunch of pix from my brother. Will buzz you when done!

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Aww, such cute kittens. We think all pets should be neutered as part of their kitten/puppy vaccinations. Very few people intend to breed, they just never get arounds to neutering.

Deana said...

I love finding kittens but mine like yours can't have any of their own. We are all spayed or neutered in this house, including my husband lol. But I hope they are healthy and will find homes full of love! The little orange one looks so sweet.

Irishcoda said...

These kittens are so cute! Hope they all make it and that if they do, they find good homes!

Kuanyin said...

I never knew this about kittens having different fathers---sometimes! Veeeery interesting!

Andree said...

Bless you for helping them. And for caring for your own boy! They are a beautiful bunch.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Brussels is doing a good job. Hope our SPCA can suggest to our govt to do it too, then dogs and cats can be saved. Each time my back lane cats give birth, the kitties dont survive at all.
XTFI

Ariel said...

Awww so precious :)

katztales said...

I wish we didn't have kittens. They're storm drain cats who live feral lives. We make sure they stay healthy by feeding and deworming them (and putting them down when they are ill) but we can't afford to spay 11 girl cats! it's not just the operation bill - we would have to board them for 5 or 6 days to let their stitches heal and that's just out of our budget.

We do the best we can but I wish we could do better!

When I sell my novels or am left that huge legacy, the first thing we do will sort out these little cats :-)

Irishcoda said...

Hi just wanted to come back and leave another comment about paper bags...some of the stores are going green and getting rid of plastic. Paper bags are coming back so getting them may be as simple as going grocery shopping! :)

Just Sharlene and My Spice Cats said...

Such cute kitties. I wonder if we can find homes for them?

meemsnyc said...

Wow, that's a lot of kittens. I hope they all find good homes!