As you can see, Calliope’s tummy is getting bigger by the day. Last night they were so active it seemed they were throwing a wild party in there!
I can tell she is getting ready, not only by kittens kicking and because she is demanding to stay by my side, but by my dominate cats allowing her to get away with it. Mama kitties have special privileges. Tonight she is humming warning at them if they get close enough to step on her. Normally that would bring a stern glance by The Princess, as Calliope is cuddled close to me, so close I am typing with one hand. While Princess has demanded cuddle time, she hasn’t even hissed at Calliope, in fact when they were both up tight to me, Princess seemed about ready to groom her. Major Tom is only keeping his distance because she insists, he thinks he should baby her.
When Calliope first arrived I don’t think she was used to being cuddled. She clearly has staked me out for her own and even loves to be petted while she is eating. I suspect if she starts to give birth without me, I will hear about it. She definitely will want a midwife. Gee, it feels good to be wanted.
Sandy, who was feeding her when she was outside, has said there is another cat that is about the same age and who looks almost the same. That probably means there was a litter of kittens about the same age who don’t have homes. Now all those female kittens are having babies. Sigh. Hopefully we can round them up and get them into homes. If the kittens are born and raised without human contact there is a good chance they will become feral. That is if they even survive. Feral kittens can die from many problems. Flea infestation, eye infection and even starving because their mother isn’t well enough to have milk for them to name a few. Calliope would have suffered the same fate.