Wednesday, June 11, 2008


We’ve got kittens! What an experience! It was the only birthing I have ever witnessed. Moka let me know on Monday that she was not feeling too pleased with her condition. She was very talkative, not like her normal quiet and slightly squeaky self. She tenderly bit me on the leg as if to ask me what she should do. She stayed close to us all afternoon. As we were getting ready to head out to Mayan language class, Moka came up to me and cried, gave me a few love bites, and I followed her into the room we had prepared for the kittens. She went straight into her box and the contractions started almost immediately. She wanted to be petted, and looked at us with unknowing eyes as if she did not understand at all what was happening to her. Within an hour she stood up, yelped several times, came out of the box and literally dropped a kitten on the floor. She picked it up and put it into the soft basket in front of us and returned inside the box. I don’t think she knew what to do at first, perhaps it was more that she didn’t know what to do first…..clean one or have more! In a short time she had two more kittens. One looks a lot like Lorenzo of the Commando, one is tuxedo black and white, and one is cream colored like Moka. An hour or so later she had one last kitten, the little baby Buster! Of course, Buster is not the father, Gemelo his twin is most likely the culprit, but we were so pleased to see a miniature Buster and a miniature Moka. We might just call him Busmo. The others will likely receive Mayan names. Sak Miis is one name we like, meaning white cat. Time and a little of their personalities will tell.

Moka has been a wonderful Mom so far. She sometimes asks for help lining the little guys up for feeding. She stays close and is a very loving mother and likes to be acknowledged for her efforts. She allows us to handle the kittens, and she let Buster come in to see what all the excitement was about. I will be sure to take photos as these little buggers grow, they are so cute already! Enclosing a few photos of the newborns.

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