She then went home with a staff member. She was good there for a bit, but after some time became protective and she came back to the shelter to try again. No kids here, no serious threat to her kits, so I think she'll be OK.
I put her in Kate and Pippa's bathroom, and she came right out of the cage. I was in and out setting up clean litter and food etc. She growled a few times, but I think it was more at my cats sitting outside the room. As soon as I set everything up I left her alone for a while.
I went back in with the camera. I asked her permission to take her photo - and the one above is the one I got. I sat with her for a bit. She seemed to want *something* but I couldn't figure out what. So I asked her if I could take a photo of her kittens, and she didn't run and hide them, so I took that as consent.
So I took a second photo...
|Um, you only asked for one!|
I left her alone for a couple of hours, then went to check on her. She hadn't eaten nor done much of anything else. She came out to see me, and again seemed to want *something* I was leery of patting her due to her history of "biting' (not that she bit anyone, just bit at) so I was very careful. She started purring and making biscuits. At one point she laid down as if to ask that I rub her belly, to which I told her there was no way I was going to risk that - so she got back up and put her front paws on my lap. I did my best to ignore the kittens. I gave her tons of complements, which wasn't hard, and complemented her for making such fat healthy looking babies. She seemed proud. She kept checking on them through the air holes in the crate, but then would turn around and ask for more attention.
Finally I felt she was wanting to go check on her babies again but didn't want to do that while I was there. Not sure of her thinking on that one, but I'm not about to question her. So I told her I was going to leave so she could go be with her babies, and she turned and went right to her kits before I even started to get up off the floor. She's a smart one.
No idea what I'm going to call her. No idea what to call the kits. I figure when I move her down to the kitten room on Sunday I'll see what their genders are.