One Of The Little Ones   Leave a comment

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Late last winter a young, grey female cat decided to adopt us. Never mind that we already had 3 indoor/outdoor felines, 1 full-time indoor cat plus 2 other puss kat friends who decided that the back deck was their feeding station for the season. Soon after she started hanging around for food I noticed that her belly seemed to be growing and it was soon obvious that it wasn’t from the food she was eating. She was with kittens!

To make a long story short when she showed up one morning looking like she had lost some weight we knew that she had a litter of kittens, probably somewhere in the woods. She was a good mom and would come to the back deck to eat, then return to her babies. After a few more weeks she decided to move the babies and take up residence under the back deck. To make sure they were all safe she told the two feral males that had spent most of the winter out back they had to go. The deck was now her territory!

Now she and her three kittens have the run of the back yard. She polices her area and makes sure our three indoor/outdoor cats stay away as she brings up her brood.

It is so much fun to watch the kittens as they grow up and discover their world. They roll and romp, chase each other, climb trees and stumps and enjoy life. They have met Big Duke, our 100 pound black lab mix and Buster the cheagle and have decided that since mom thinks the dogs are okay they will too. We have named mother “Smokie” and she goes out of her way to follow the dogs when they’re outside. She even followed us back in the woods on one of our morning dog walks.

Since the kittens are still a little skittish, I shot this photo through the back door glass the other morning. This little one had been laying with mom and looked up to see what I was doing. What a cutie!

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Posted August 4, 2013 by hwilliam in Photography

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