Archive for April, 2013

New Life to Stour Cross Farm

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
New mother feeding her kittens

New mother feeding her kittens

It was quite a surprise to see three black cats appear at the farm a few months ago.  We guessed they had come  from the farm down the road – the farmer had sold his cows so their supply of milk had stopped.

How they knew where to come was a mystery, their instincts must have lead them here. One was quite friendly from the start and after a while I was able to pick her up. They would hang around at milking time waiting patiently for the dish to be filled with fresh warm milk.

A few weeks ago I noticed the friendly one was starting to show signs of pregnancy so I kept a eye on her. Sure enough as the weeks went on she got bigger and bigger until she looked as though she’d swallowed a child’s football. Then last week she produced five black kittens.

 

.Five one week old kittens

 

She had given birth amongst some large straw bales and it wasn’t the ideal place to leave them so I borrowed a dog cage and promptly moved them where they would be safe from predators and farm machinery.

Mother and babies now have my undivided attention and I’ll keep you posted on their progress.