Our very first litter born here was Kara’s. We got her on April 16, 2008. She looked like this:
The evening of the very next day – April 17th, a Thursday – she had four little ones.
Our next pregnant cat was Mary Margaret, immediately nicknamed Maggie. She came to us on March 11, 2011. She looked like this:
THREE WEEKS LATER, she looked like this:
On April 2nd – a Saturday – she went into labor and had six kittens.
Next up was Emmy. We got her on February 17, 2012 (she was one of a group of about 40 cats abandoned at a house in the country, and was feral.) She looked like this:
12 days later, she looked like this:
That was the same day I made the Emmy’s Alien Belly video and shared it:
The very next morning (March 1st, a Thursday), Fred went in to check on her when he got up at 3:30. She was in the middle of labor, and made it very clear that she didn’t want us around. She ended up having four kittens:
Next came Catherine (who immediately became Kate). She came to us on February 24, 2013. She looked like this:
A week later, she looked like this:
A couple days later, we got the view from above:
Finally, when she’d been with us for 3 1/2 weeks, Kate gave us the Royals on March 19th, a Tuesday. She had five wee kittens.
Next was the loontastic Khaleesi. We got her on April 14, 2013. She looked like this:
For some reason, I never did get a picture of Fred holding her up to show her belly, which is a bummer. I imagine, since I still had Kate in the other foster room (siggggh, remember when I had two foster rooms? Grrr, Fred), I was busy and just didn’t think to do it.
Two and a half weeks later, on May 1st (Wednesday), she had four little Dragons, and adopted the little orphan Norbert.
Next up was Lucille Ball (Lucy), who came to us on March 19, 2015.
Here she is when we got her (left) and nearly two weeks later (right).
She was always very ladylike.
Nearly two weeks later, she FINALLY had her kittens, on Wednesday, April 1st. In a quick and relatively easy delivery, she birthed 7 kittens. You can read her birthin’ story here.
When her kittens were about 6 weeks old, I brought home Carlin who was a bit younger and still needed some mothering. Lucy grumbled about it, but adopted him pretty quickly.
Next was Nola, who came to us on March 22, 2017.
Here she is a few days after we got her:
And a few days later:
12 days after I brought her home – on April 3rd, a Monday – she had her kittens in the early hours of the morning, four of them. You can read her birth story here.
Next up was Mercury, who came to us on August 7, 2017. This is what she looked like:
She was with us for only two days before I walked into the foster room on August 9th – a Wednesday – to find she’d given birth to 6 kittens in the early hours of the morning. You can read her birth story here.
Our next mama was Katia, who came to us on February 19, 2018. This is what she looked like:
She was with us for six days when I walked into the foster room to find that she’d given birth to four kittens in the early hours of Sunday, February 25th. She had four kittens. You can read her story (there’s not much to it) here.
Our next mama was Kristi, who came to us on February 20, 2018. This is what she looked like:
She was so big when we got her that we expected her to birth those babies at any moment. But (as is so often the case!) she held on to them for far longer than we thought she would. When we were on the verge of taking her to the vet to make sure she was okay – literally, the morning of the day we were going to take her – she gave birth. She had six kittens, and you can read her story here.
Caroline came to us on January 17, 2019. The shelter she was pulled from predicted that she’d have her kittens within a week, but it wasn’t until she’d been with us for 27 days that she had her kittens, on February 13, 2019. This is how her belly grew:
She’s such a small girl that it made her belly seem even bigger. She was on the verge of popping, we figured, when she went into labor a little after 7 am. I left to clean cages at Petsmart, and while I was gone she had her first two kittens. Between about 8:30 and 10:30, she gave birth to five healthy little brown tabbies. You can read her story here.
Margeaux came to us on May 28, 2019 with three kittens we thought were hers. As it turned out they weren’t, but it wasn’t for a few more weeks that we realized she was actually pregnant! This is what she looked like about 10 days before her kittens were born.
She had her kittens (two gray tabbies, 4 brown tabbies) in the early hours of July 10, 2019 – read her story here. She and Katriane did a fabulous job of co-mothering those kittens!
So, in summation:
Kara – waited approximately 30 hours – birthed 4 kittens. Gave birth in the early evening.
Maggie – waited 22 days – birthed 6 kittens. Gave birth mid-morning (around 9).
Emmy – waited 13 days – birthed 4 kittens. Gave birth in the very early morning 2-3 am, or around then).
Kate – waited 23 days – birthed 5 kittens. Gave birth in the morning (first kitten born at 6:20).
Khaleesi – waited 17 days – birthed 4 kittens, adopted 1. Gave birth in the evening (5 pm).
Lucy – waited 13 days – birthed 7 kittens, eventually adopted 1. Gave birth in the evening (5 pm).
Nola – waited 12 days – birthed 4 kittens. Gave birth in the morning (6:00-ish).
Mercury – waited 2 days – birthed 6 kittens (one of whom, Kepler, passed away at one day old.) Gave birth in the very early morning (some time after midnight).
Katia – waited 6 days – birthed 4 kittens. Gave birth in mid-morning (10:00 or so).
Kristi – waited 27 days – birthed 6 kittens. Gave birth in the morning (between 6 and 9 am).
Caroline – waited 27 days – birthed 5 kittens. Gave birth mid-morning (between 8:30 and 10:30).
Margeaux – waited 43 days – birthed 6 kittens. Gave birth very early morning (between 2:30 and 5 am.)
Here in table form:
|Name||Time lapsed||# of kittens||Time of day|
|Kara||30 hours||4||Early evening (8 pm)|
|Maggie||22 days||6||Mid morning (9 am)|
|Emmy||13 days||4||Very early morning (2-3 am)|
|Kate||23 days||5||Morning (6:30 am)|
|Khaleesi||17 days||4 (+1)||Evening (5 pm)|
|Lucy||13 days||7 (+1)||Evening (5 pm)|
|Nola||12 days||4||Morning (6 am)|
|Mercury||2 days||6||Very early morning (after midnight)|
|Katia||6 days||4||Mid-morning (10 am)|
|Kristi||27 days||6||Morning (6-9 am)|
|Caroline||27 days||5||Mid-morning 8:30 am)|
|Margeaux||43 days||6||Very early morning (2:30 am)|
This list would feel incomplete if I didn’t at least mention our fakers, who came to me under false pretenses – I was told they were pregnant, and they WERE NOT.
Maura, in 2010. She came to us on March 15, and I wrote about the fact that she was a fakeypants on April 6th, so it took us 22 days to come around to the realization that we’d been hoodwinked.
Lilybet, in 2013. She came to us on February 4, and I posted about how we’d been bamboozled by her on February 19th, so it took two weeks to get that confirmation, despite the fact that she never even LOOKED pregnant and was a pretty small cat.
Kokomo, in January 2016. She was at a VET CLINIC and they determined that she was PREGNANT, and of course I’m going to believe the pros, right? Well, after 3 weeks of hanging out in the foster room and eating large amounts of baby food, she went into heat. I whisked her off for an ultrasound, which showed zero babies, and had her spayed the same day. I posted about her fakery here.
Willa, in December 2016. I was told she was hugely pregnant and likely to give birth at any second. Due to the fact that she reallly didn’t seem pregnant to me, I didn’t say anything at first about the possibility that she might be pregnant – but then I confessed that it was possible, and we were going to wait and see. Two days later she went into heat, and I whisked her off for spaying.
This already-long page would not be complete if I didn’t include the mama kitties we had who didn’t give birth here, but who came to us with their young kittens.
May 2005 – Mia and her kittens Peanut, Flossie, Edgar, Oy, and Snoopy.
October 2006 – Maxi’s kittens Fezzik, Inigo, Westley, and Princess Buttercup.
December 2006 – Catie and her kittens Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Seamus. (They were with us for such a short amount of time that I never did get a picture of all four kittens with their mother.)
January 2007 – Fantine and her kittens Cosette, Eponine, and Javert.
June 2012 – Brandywine and her kittens Caspian, Sungold, Mr. Stripey, Wellington, and Dingwall Scotty.
September 2013 – Livia and her kittens Adriana, Carmela, Melfi, Meadow, Paulie Walnuts, Silvio, and Tony.
March 2016 – Regina Phalange and her kittens Art Vandelay, Bert Macklin, Chanandler Bong, Ken Adams, Princess Consuela, and Susie.
September 2018 – Ryder and her kittens Axle, Cam, Clutch, Cruise, Dynamo, Fender, Gauge, Pulley and Solenoid. (LoJack and Tank joined the litter once Ryder had gone to another foster.)
June 2019 – Katriane came to us with three kittens – Francois, Madeline & Antoine – and took on the care and nurturing of the three kittens we’d gotten with Margeaux (and then discovered that Margeaux wasn’t their mother) – Amelie, Esmee and Jacques. And when Margeaux had her own kittens, Katriane pitched in and helped out with them as well. Give that girl an MVP award!