M’Lynn – date of birth (est’d) October 25, 2021.
Shelby – date of birth – October 4, 2023.
Clairee, Drum and Ouiser – date of birth – September 20, 2023.
Name theme: Steel Magnolias.
M’Lynn (female, tortie and white) and her kitten Shelby (female, black) came to us on October 25, 2023 when Shelby was 3 weeks old. M’Lynn had been rescued (along with some other cats) from a flea market, already pregnant. She gave birth to a total of 6 kittens, but her milk dried up and the lady who had her didn’t realize it had happened until the 5 kittens had died.
Both M’Lynn and Shelby were very underweight; at the age of 3 weeks old, Shelby was the weight of a 1 week old kitten. M’Lynn weighed just 6 1/2 pounds.
When our foster room cleared out and we were able to move M’Lynn and Shelby into the room, I told Forgotten Felines that Shelby needed some age-appropriate playmates. There were three sibling kittens who were 7 weeks old (2 weeks older than Shelby) at our local animal control who needed a place to go. I brought them home the next day.
Clairee. (Girl; white with buff tabby patches.)
Drum. (Boy; orange tabby and white.)
Ouiser. (Girl; buff tabby and white.)
Shelby marches to the beat of her own drum, but she is slowly learning to play with her adopted siblings. M’Lynn is such a sweetheart that after a few days she began mothering the new kittens and at this point they’re pretty sure she’s their mother.
You can read about the Magnolias2023 (so called because we had a Steel Magnolias-named litter back in 2010) beginning here. There are links at the top and bottom of each entry; click on the one on the right to take you to the next entry.
You can see all the pictures taken of the Magnolias2023 here at Flickr, or scroll through them below.