Piffle and enough!
This time i mean it.
In the past, i have tried three times to work with both a mama cat and kittens, not just bottle feeding orphans, but getting a mama to adopt them and help out. Let's face it, it hasn't worked out for me, all; in fact, all three times have been an unmitigated disaster.
The first one was several years ago when i was told the mama had successfully raised her own, then a second litter, and some new orphans had been found. Could we take the mama and these new babies and see if she would nurse them, too?
The resounding answer was no, she wouldn't. She was absolutely over that and after two litters in a row i don't blame her, cats aren't made to be maternal for more than 6-8 weeks at a time. So i ended up having to bottle raise them anyway. We also ended up with Sweetie falling head over heels in love with the mama cat, and Kida the Mosquito, so called as she is always buzzing around, is still here, and still planning stealthily at least once a week to figure a way to hide in my room so she can use my bed as a litter box. Piffle! i yell every time i find she has managed to do so.
The second time was last summer, and long-time friends may remember. As i tried to bring the mama into the house to see if she would adopt the ones i was bottle feeding then, she became frightened and bit the tar out of me. Despite rapid treatment, my whole arm swelled to the elbow from the bacteria that live in a cat's mouth and i spent a week in the hospital on serious IV antibiotics. Piffle! and ouch!
This third time, i was told the mama was doing a great job with her own week-old babies, and would i like to have her here, see if she would, after settling in, also take Ame, the single kitten of the same age. Sure, i naively responded.
The mama cat paid us back by, as soon as she got into our home, rejecting her own kittens. She hissed at them as soon as we got her and the kittens out of the carrier, and ran off to hide. They are now being bottle raised, and mama has dried up. She will be spayed and returned to the people who found her today. Piffle! i really needed siblings for Ame, because kittens raised alone often turn out weird, but i didn't want it to happen this way!
So, piffle! i say. If anyone ever asks me again if i want to try introducing a mama to some kittens i'm bottle raising, they will get nothing but a rude snorting noise as i tell them i'll pass. If you want to take the kittens to that mama, wherever she is, and see if she will bother with them, fine, and i won't hold my breath.
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