July 10th 2012 8:31 pm
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First I should say that Sleeper’s leg is much better, though occasionally when she’s been on her feet a lot, she starts to limp slightly. But according to the vet, this is to be expected; ligaments take a longer time to heal.
Fearless and I are fine. We had a lovely time running at top speed through the house this morning at 5:30 AM. We’d stopped by 6:30 at the latest, but the Mama decided to get up and feed us anyway. Good idea!
Now, the latest news is that the unspayed Aunt Bobbie-look-a-like who’s been coming around and lately looks positively HUGE, has not been here since breakfast yesterday. We assume she is off having her babies, which, judging by her size, must be about 50 of them! I hope she has found a safe location; it’s not on this property I don’t think, or we’d know it. More future mouths to feed. Oh well, at least she’s been well fed and knows where to come for more. It’s better than having to spend all that time and energy away from them, hunting.
Then, the rather unwelcome visitor who showed up this morning - as if possums and raccoons weren’t enough – was a young porcupine! It was under the lilac bushes where one of the ferals was keeping an eye on it. The Mama cautioned which ever blackie it was, and finally lured the feral away by putting out a little more food on the porch. We think the porcupine left. We hope.
News flash: the pregnant one showed up for dinner! Now - is she as fat as she was? Hard to say. They don’t lose all that fat right away after giving birth, do they? I mean, that skin gets stretched out, right? Maybe she’s still pregnant, but the Mama felt like she’d already had the kittens. Can anyone tell us about the fat issue?
Hope all the kittens are ok! And OMC, a porcupine! I've never seen one of those!
when panda had hers, she went back to being skinny in less than 12 hrs
I'm sorry we missed sleeper's leg injury. We are purring for it to continue healing!
Wow a porcupine! How scary! Hopefully that guy doesn't come back!
Mamma definitely shouldn't look as fat as she did if she had the kittens. But I'm sure she could have a little fat on her. Plus we hear mothers sometimes can take breaks between birthing the kittens. Hope they do well and mama brings them buy to visit sometime.
We don't see porcupines as often, sometimes not even one a year. The Mama says Essie, bless her little terrier heart, TREED one once in the boxelder tree by our driveway! You can believe they got her away from that tree ASAP - MOL!!!
Thanks for the info, Blizz and Blade. Must not have had the kittens, or at least not all of them, then. She still had that wide, side to side look.
Oh, baby kittens, we love kittens~! Hope U find 'em 'n if her iz still dat big, den her ain't done yet~!! But I bet her jus' tryin' to finda good location to haz 'em 'n it won't be long now~! Glad to hear U 'n Fearless r doin' good~! Purrin' fur sweet Sleeper to get mush better 'n no limp no morez~! Me 'n Mallee love mornin' runz 'n zoomiez thru da house too~
Eeek, I would freak out if'n I seen a Porcupine, all dem stickers 'n stuff~?? Yikes~! Glad Ur mom could steer 'way da feral~! U shur got loadza creatures comin' 'roun' Ur house, iz fun to watch 'em from da WINDOW inside~!! Stay safe purrty gurl~!!
Love 'n nudgez,
A porcupine?! OMC! I've never seen one of those up close. And I don't think that I would want to. Hope Mam and the kittens will be okay. I think you will know the difference when she has them.
The good thing about porcupines that we've observed, is that they don't do anything very quickly. They don't appear to be aggressive; they don't need to be! MOL Even when they are in the road and a car is coming, they don't try hard to get out of the way, which explains why we more often see them as roadkill than alive, unfortunately.