Thursday, July 30, 2015

Olive and her precious six

Olive came to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue as a surrender on July 10. Olive had had a previous litter and the family found homes for the kittens. When they learned that a little orange tabby was being mistreated, they took him back and surrendered him to RLRR; we found a place for him with Animal Allies in Duluth. A few days later, they called and wanted to surrender pregnant Olive. She is two years old, tiny and very sweet, but we knew by her big lumpy belly that she was ready to give birth.

We were so grateful when Feline Rescue agreed to take her into foster care even though it is the peak of the summer kitten season. I told Karen to tell her to cross her legs until she got down here, and apparently she did! 

I met the transport on Monday afternoon and delivered Olive to her foster caregiver who had a lovely little room all ready for her. She walked confidently out of the carrier to check out the room and quickly settled into the window to breathe the fresh air. I thought she'd have the kittens Monday night for sure, but she waited until the evening of the next day.

It was a long, exhausting delivery of six kittens for the little mama. The foster caregiver helped by cutting the cords to release the last two kittens from their placentas, so they could crawl over to mom to nurse. She rested and let them nurse and now she is super mom! All the kittens are clean and active and growing quickly.

Mama Olive loves attention for herself and her foster caregiver is happy to oblige. It's hard to believe that six kittens were stored in this tiny girl! We're all so happy this is her last litter.


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