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2012-03-13 (1)

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“Yeah, they’re sleeping again.”

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“Shhh. If you wake them up, I will cut you.”

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I don’t know that I’ve taken a picture of the whole box before now, it’s usually close-ups of Emmy and the kittens. Fred made this a few years ago with the idea that perhaps cats would like to hang out in it as well as on top of it. Until now, the only cat who has shown any interest has been Miz Poo, who likes to hang out in the foster room when there aren’t kittens confined in there.

We actually put that box in the room as an option for Maggie to use last year. It was really too small for Maggie, and though she did start laboring in the box, she actually gave birth in the kennel across the room and that’s where her babies stayed. The box is 18 inches wide, two feet deep, and 18 inches high, if that gives you any idea of Emmy’s size. We had to tape that piece of cardboard across the front because the day the babies were born, I went upstairs to find one of them out of the box looking lost and Emmy wasn’t paying attention. Perhaps before we have our next pregnant cat, we need to rethink the birthing box options.

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Eyes are open on all the babies now – some more than others.

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That baby in the middle, laying on her back, kills me dead with the toes and the stripes.

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Bath time.

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More bath time.

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Over the past year or so, Maxi has stopped wanting to come into the house. Well, she acts like she wants to come into the house, she sits there at the door and looks longingly at us. When we open the door to invite her inside, she looks past us and says “Ugh. Are there kittens in that house?” and stomps away.

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Instead, she wants to spend time in the garage. And it’s not like there’s anything in the garage she can hurt or that can hurt her, so we’ve taken to letting her go inside when she wants to. We set up a litter box (which she uses) and bowls of food and water. She spends her time upstairs on a pile of old bedding or stretched out on the floor, and we check on her every now and then and ask if she wants to go outside. Sometimes she does (on those occasions you can hear her hitting the floor, and she’ll usually call out so you know she’s on her way to the stairs) and otherwise she just ignores us. So basically, we’re crammed into this house with two humans and 12 permanent residents and a rotating cast of fosters, and Maxi gets that entire garage to herself.

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Spoiled rotten.


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3-13-12 — 17 Comments

  1. My guys have obviously taken a page out of Maxi’s book. I finally got myself one of those spiffy La-Z-Boy recliner sofa’s. Comfy! And recliny! First it was cat on foot rest when it was up, then it was a cat on either side of me, and then above my head, playing with my hair, on the top of the sofa. And 20lbs of cat still on the foot rest, of course. Feeling rather crowded, I’ve since moved to a somewhat less comfortable (and with no foot rest thingy :/ ) chair, adjusted the position of the TV, and let the squatters lounge on the sofa.

    Good thing they’re cute and let me pet their paws.

  2. Maybe Fred can add a “balcony” to the box Emmy is using (replacing the cardboard) so a pregnant cat could easily get in and out but a helpless kitten would remain safe inside.

  3. I used to use a cardboard box that was three feet by two feet. Worked well until kittens started cutting their teeth on it and chewed it all up. Large litter boxes have worked. Laundry basket is good. birthing around here has been taking place in carriers.. Nice because they are easy to clean up..

    I too think I should find a better option, but then I get kittens instead of a pregnant mother and I forget all about it, until the next set which is a pregnant mother..

  4. I like that box. That Fred is pretty handy to have around! Emmy may be a little momma, but it seems like that box was made just for her.
    Gee, I guess feeling sorry for Maxie is kind of silly.. She seems to know exactly what she wants and how to get it! Smart kitty!

  5. One of my mom’s cats used to like the garage, too, so my brother put a cat door in the human door, so now she can go in and out as she pleases.

    And those kittens are just so cute!!

  6. Maxi’s put years of training into you guys, and finally, she is getting what she wants. Is she still ok with the permanents? no fighting or anything? and who did you think she was the possible mummy of?