All day I watched the kittens on my meshare cam trying to determine if the kittens were healthy, how mom was doing, and if perchance there were any kittens not doing well. A black cat in a dark corner with dark kittens made it extremely hard to tell.
I know "Skinny" was eating and pooping, so she was most likely doing well. I was pretty sure I saw three kittens, and over time I seemed to find three distinct kittens within the frey, but I had no idea if everything she gave birth to lived or was cleaned up, or what it really looked like down in that corner. Even when she left..
I know she wanted me to have absolutely nothing to with her or her kittens, but I couldn't do it. I couldn't not check. I couldn't not know if the kittens were okay or if they had defects etc. I also wanted to know how many I had... cause I'm just that selfish.
So. I went down to the kitten room and pulled the couch closer to the door which opened up the corner she was in. She hated that. I put the baby gate on the far side of the couch to keep her from charging me, and she hated that. I climbed up on the couch and wormed my way down to the far side (so my feet weren't on the floor) and she hated that. I peeked over the edge..
And she REALLY hated that. I received a very vicious hissing. I took a towel and put it between her and the kittens and quickly scooped them up to get a once over. She didn't charge me, she didn't attack the towel, which was a good sign.
I worked as quickly as I could. I took photos, I assessed the health and soundness of all of the kittens - all of them are seem to be in good health - and gender. We have three boys and three girls. I put the basket in the corner and put the kittens in it hoping she would take to that so they wouldn't have to be on the floor. As soon as I left she started pulling the kittens out of the basket. I ran down and found she only had time to remove one. I pulled the basket out from the corner and tried to get her to run away by poking her gently with a broom, moving slowly and cautiously and ready to give up if she attacked. She had a lot to say about what I was doing, but she neither attacked nor ran. I finally got her far enough away from the kitten that I could 'sweep' the kitten towards me. I went very slowly and cautiously. I took the kitten and added it to the others and then put them in the cage which is covered in sheets. I hoped it would be quiet enough, but it isn't. She took them out again.
ah well. Guess we are going to be 'in the dark' for a few weeks... but I feel much better for having given them a once over and know what I'm dealing with. I wish I could get my hands on mom, but that is not going to happen.
Now the question becomes, am I going to give you kitten photos one day at a time, or all at once tomorrow.. decisions, decisions..