Tuesday, 14 August 2012
The Kittens Are Here!
Our area got a lot of rain last week so we started leaving the bottom of our garage door up just a little bit so Cali could run in and out as she pleased. At night we were closing it completely to keep her safe. We didn't think the garage would be suitable when she had the kittens as we couldn't control the temperature and it's windowless so we decided we would put her in the office when the time came. That way she was safe but we could keep the door shut and her safely away from our other pets. At this point we're pretty convinced that she isn't carrying anything but we'd rather be safe than sorry.
Friday night the skies were finally clearing up and Cali was enjoying our front porch when Hubby and I left to go out for dinner and a movie. He asked me if we should close her up in the garage for the night but it was still pretty early and I knew she'd be antsy to get some fresh air so I said to leave it open and we'd put her in the garage when we got home. She hadn't left our house in 3 weeks so I wasn't concerned.
During the movie, we got another round of thunderstorms and when we came home, Cali wasn't in the garage. We went around the neighbourhood looking for her but it was late and pouring rain so we thought she'd taken shelter somewhere and would come back in the morning. Well it rained all day Saturday and even though we went looking for her, called her, left the garage opened a bit with soft food for her and kept checking to see if she had shown up, she didn't. I was having panic attacks about the awful things that could have happened to her so to keep my mind off it, I began cleaning and organizing the office and upstairs closets. The office always becomes my junk room - when I can't figure out where to put something it gets tossed in there.
Then we debated on what to do. The first thing we thought was - it's too early for her to have the kittens and if she did have them why haven't we been able to find them? The next thing was that she didn't look like she'd given birth and her nipples looked normal. Also she hadn't gotten big, just a little tubby which could have easily been explained by the proper meals she'd been getting. And since she'd been gone for 48 hours it was possible if she didn't eat and had been roaming around she could have lost the weight easily. Although it's rare she could have also had a false pregnancy or a miscarriage.
At first we didn't force her to stay but after about 4 hours of her sitting outside our house we decided to bring her in to the office. We didn't think she would have left the kittens for so long if she'd had any and it was looking more and more like she hadn't. We were thinking we should take advantage of the fact that she wasn't pregnant, bring her somewhere safe and call the vet to book her vaccinations and spay before she did end up pregnant. We were both so glad to have her back and she was happy to be indoors. She snuggled up to me on the bed, purring and fell asleep.
Hubby has never really believed in fate like I do but tonight he told me this has made him believe that everything happens for a reason. I was meant to find Cali in those bushes that day so that she could find a good home and so that she got the nourishment she needed while she was pregnant. He was meant to tell those neighbours in passing that she was pregnant so they knew who to come to when they found the kittens. And although it seems less important than the miracle of birth I had that office ready at just the right moment to become a safe haven for a cat and her babies.