No kittens as of midnight last night. If you missed it yesterday, I was awakened at 5:50 by Dewey tossing a headless rat around my room and growling at his brothers. I’m hoping not to wake up the same way today, thank you very much. (Yes, a real rat. I’m just glad my subconscious realized something was going on and suggested I check it out. And that it was on the floor instead of the bed. And that Fred works from home so he could deal with it!)
Am I correct in remembering that Kara was the only momma cat who had her babies almost immediately upon arrival at Crooked Acres?
You are correct! Kara had her kittens about 30 hours after she got here. Everyone else waited for periods ranging from 13 to 23 days. Since Patty asked this question yesterday, I finally got my act together and finished up the Mama Kitties page I was working on two years ago. It’s got a list of all the mama kitties who’ve given birth here, all the ones who were supposedly pregnant when I got them but turned out to be fakers, and finishes up with all the mama kitties who came here with their kittens already born.
Again, that page is here (at some point, I’ll put it in the sidebar). If you notice someone should be in any of those lists but aren’t, let me know.
In the previous years’ posts, in 2011 there’s the lovely Maggie, also not going to give up those babies. Methinks this is a recurring occurence.
Yep, in 2011 we were waiting on Maggie, and in 2015 we were waiting on Lucy. Lucy had hers on April 1st and Maggie on April 2nd. I would prefer not to wait any longer than that, IF Y’DON’T MIND, NOLA.
In the past, hasn’t either an alien belly video or an undignified picture of Fred holding the mama up upright been the charm?
I’ve been trying to get a good alien belly video! I don’t think Fred holding her up is going to happen this time around – it makes her very nervous when we’re both in the room, and I don’t think she’d handle that well.
I’m curious as to why you’re trimming her belly fur? Wasn’t Kate really fluffy too? I think once the kittens start nursing the fur around them disappears, no? Or did you trim Kate’s too? I was looking at the previous years and ya can’t help but notice the bare nipple in the middle of all her black fur, so not being creepy here!
Nola’s a lot floofier than Kate was (Kate had a super floofy tail, but she wasn’t nearly as floofy as Nola on her body). However, I’m noticing that as her milk sacs fill up, the fur around her nipples is receding, and I’m thinking maybe I just need to back off and let nature take its course – especially because Nola doesn’t like having her furs trimmed. I can’t say I blame her – I wouldn’t want some dummy hacking away at my hair either.
Nola is so gorgeous. Never was there a more gorgeous teenage baby mama. What color ARE her eyes, anyway?
They’re a greenish-gold. More gold than green, but they show up as greenish sometimes, depending on the light.
Nola is sooo beautiful!! Did you ever tell us what age they think she is, and if you think she has had a litter before?
I didn’t mention how old she is, I don’t think – she’s about a year old, and I don’t think we know whether she’s had a litter before. At that age it’s possible she has, but it’s hard to know for sure.
I just had a thought… what if you had more April Fools Day babies?! Hehe…
I have to admit, I really am not crazy about April Fools Day, which just about guarantees that that’s when she’ll have them.
I watched that for far too long!
Have you thought about putting a blanket down in that corner for her?
Ha – of COURSE, it’s the first thing I did and she pushed it away. Maybe she’ll be like Emmy, who birthed her babies in a wooden box and always pushed out any bedding I put in there. (Now I’m wondering where I put that box!)
There’s a cat at Friends of Felines Rescue Center in Defiance Ohio named Nyla. 3 days ago she gave birth to 11 (!) kittens. 2 didn’t make it but 9 are doing well. I just think it’s interesting that FFRC has a mama Nyla and you have a soon to be mama Nola
Oh lord, please please please don’t let Nola have 11 kittens. I think 4 or 5 is a good number. We can even do 6 or 7… but 11? Poor Nyla!
Speaking of road trips, I had a dream that I had two tiny kittens and I was on a road trip and I decided to just stop by your house – you and Fred weren’t home but the doors weren’t locked so I just let myself in and when you got home I was like ‘HI, I THOUGHT WE COULD ALL HANG OUT, I PET ALL YOUR CATS WHILE YOU WERE OUT’. Dream-you was surprisingly okay with this. I apologize for my subconscious’s creepiness.
I love it when you guys have dreams about us (and sure, if you’re on a road trip with your tiny kittens, do feel free to stop by and hang out!)
If she goes into labor over the weekend (if I’m awake and aware that she’s going into labor, that is) I will post on Instagram (which will auto-post to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr) and here at the blog when I get a chance. Let us cross our fingers that Monday morning doesn’t bring a still-pregnant Nola.
Just a note: if I post that she’s in labor or had her kittens tomorrow, it is NOT A PRANK. (That would be a lame and stupid prank. And I don’t play pranks on April Fools Day because I haaate all the stupid, obvious, super-lame pranks that are played. I mean, I’m sure YOURS will be clever and all, but as a rule I am no fan of that day.) A skeptical comment along the lines of “Is she really or is this a joke?” will result in my hunting you down and boxing your ears. You’ll probably get a kick in the shin, too. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
2016: Chanandler Bong has a TUMMY (and she is very amused by that).
2015: “Come here, lady. I wanna smack you right in the face, and it’s too much work to stand up and come over there to do so.”
2014: Which is what happened early yesterday morning, when Jake went looning over by the cabinet, stepped on the mat, and set off a flurry of cats stampeding out of the room.
2013: Charming was NURSING IN HIS SLEEP.
2012: She announced it the entire time. “I’M GOING INTO THE LITTER BOX!” and then “I’M IN THE LITTER BOX!” and then “I AM USING THE LITTER BOX!” and lastly “I WENT PEEPEE IN THE LITTER BOX!”
2011: The Wisteria is abloom.
2010: The problem with warm and sunny days.
2009: “Madame, quite frankly I am appalled that you would take such liberties with me. Did I indicate that a belleh rub would be welcome? I did not.”
2008: No entry.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.