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!