If you don't do ' cats' or 'cute'(!) then this certainly isn't the post for you!!
Just after lunch on Friday DH came in looking a bit worried and said that there were 2 kittens under the hedge at the bottom of our garden. Now I know some people claim to have fairies there, but kittens - no chance!! He was right though and this is what we found
They took one look at us and scurried under the decking at top speed so we assumed that mum must be around somewhere as these little fellows certainly seemed to know where home was. It wasn't a great surprise to see them really as stray cats are a mammouth problem in this part of the world and we have several of them around the village, so I suppose it was only a matter of time.
We kept an eye on them the rest of the day and all through Saturday but didn't touch them in case mum got upset when she turned up. Trouble was that mum didn't turn up at all and the kitties had started to come out from under the decking whenever we got near, mewling most pitifully!! By Sunday morning they were in a bad way, and to cut a very long story short, after dozens of phone calls we managed to track down a cat rescue charity in the area run by a number of fellow Brits, and were able to collect some feeding bottles and formula for the little ones.
Very small feeds every 10 minutes all Sunday afternoon started to pay off by late evening and by midday on Monday they were on their feet and ready to play! No sign of mum at all during this time,even though we left food out for her in case she returned, but when it was still untouched Sunday night we decided she wasn't coming back for them and took them into the warm!
They are the most gorgeous little animals you can imagine and are so full of mischief - I know all baby animals are cute, but judge this pair for yourselves!!
Well - I guess one milk bar is much the same as another !!
Look how cute I am !
...... me too..me too!!
Please come down before you hurt yourself!!
......and the winner is...
..but I found my new mum's leg!!
Wanna fight, eh !!!
Oh No!! She's put us back in Alcatraz!!!!
It's been a bit difficult the last few days as we've had to keep William indoors in case he either attacked the little ones or got attacked himself had their mother come back, but tomorrow they are going to a new foster mum until they can be placed in permanent homes as we are going away for a few weeks and won't be able to keep them. I will certainly miss the pleasure and smiles these little characters have given me over the last few days, but at least I'll be able to keep track of them through the volunteers who run the Cat Rescue Charity and I'll certainly be helping with the fund raising in the future!!
post script - I have been talking to one of my neighbours since I started this post, and he tells me that he saw the kittens being moved into our garden on Thursday afternoon but is adamant that he saw 5 kittens being moved, so what may have happened to mum and the other 3 I dread to think as there are so many predators around ( that's why I have our 2 'caged' during the daytime, this way they are safe and at night they are indoors) or maybe it was just that she couldn't cope with all 5 and decided to abandon some, who knows - I don't suppose I ever will!!