It gets rainy and cool sometimes in my hometown of Kansas City — and a little bit dangerous. Earlier this year a tornado rolled into town, sending the sirens blaring and me rushing down to the basement with two terrified kitties in tow.
My cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix, sat on the floor with me for about five minutes before the mood shifted from fear to anger, and a whirlwind of claws, fangs, and loose fur exploded from my lap. I had to grab my kitties by the scruff of their necks and haul them upstairs one at a time, all while crossing my fingers and hoping the tornado missed us.
The whole ordeal was stressful and oddly hilarious, ending with me brewing some coffee and sitting on the porch to watch the storm — and badly needing a hug. Here are five mama cats wrapping kittens and other babies in the most loving of embraces, because life is hard and weird, and we could all use a hug.
1. It was just a dream
When this kitten experiences some twitchy, adorable sleep disruptions (I like to think he was having a nightmare that involved running out of treats), his mama knows exactly how to soothe his fears and make it all better.
2. An unexpected surprise
This adorable Irish couple was sure their cat had plans to eat the motherless ducklings on their farm. Instead, they walked in on a most unlikely — and colorful — cuddle session.
3. Learning from the best
As this kitten proves, cats learn how to lounge like pros at an early age — and seriously, how badly do you want to motorboat that adorable striped belly? Don’t even get me started on the mama cat’s amazing black mustache.
4. Cutest identity crisis ever
When a rescue worker plunks a motherless baby squirrel in front of a cat who has recently given birth, the kitty doesn’t even blink before she starts licking and nursing the squirrel like one of her own. Fast-forward two months, and you’ve got an awesome pet squirrel that thinks it’s a cat.
5. Best friends forever
These cat-on-infant cuddles are almost certainly the beginning of a lifelong friendship.
Watch more videos we love by Angela Lutz:
- Videos We Love: Cats Who Are Masters of Relaxation
- Videos We Love: Cats Getting a Jump on New Year’s Resolutions
- Videos We Love: Cats Exploring Snow for the First Time
About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor. She enjoys a good cat rescue story about kindness and decency overcoming the odds, and she’s an enthusiastic recipient of headbutts and purrs from her two cats, Bubba Lee Kinsey and Phoenix.