Feeding the Queen

Heh. Despite all that lovely roundness she put on before the kittens were born, Oprah is hungry. But still discriminatingly so. She’s been off canned food for a couple of weeks although when I brought her some canned food “in bed”, after the kittens were born, she ate it politely.

IMG_4546Later, she got out and nibbled on some kibble. But when I brought her warmed up canned food mixed with formula? Look out kittens! She jumped up and ran to the dish, gobbled it up, and asked for more. When I went to get her more she started to follow me out to the kitchen — leaving her unguarded kittens behind! 🙂 She also enjoyed — and by that I mean scarfed down like she hadn’t eaten in weeks — the cooked chicken mixed with formula! I wanted to spoil her a little. After all, she’s eating for six! So she has access to kibble — the rich, kitten stuff — all the time and I try to give her three or four meals of canned food/chicken with formula. I think she’s pleased with the service. 😉

On another note — and yet something else I didn’t know — holy smokes is she shedding!! She’s always been a shedder, but in the usual way; single hairs. This is clumps of fur which really shows up on the pale towels in the nest. My foster coordinator thinks it could be a combination of losing her winter coat and stress from delivering five kittens! Fortunately, she loves being brushed but I’m getting a little worried she won’t have any left!

About Adventures in Cat Fostering

I am a cat fosterer for Toronto Cat Rescue. I also have two cats of my own, Jonesy, the black and white, and Murphy, the brown tabby, in the photo. Both were adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue.
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5 Responses to Feeding the Queen

  1. Katie says:

    Humans go through this too. When I had my son, my hair stopped falling out and it was so thick and lovely. And then I delivered him. My hair began falling out in clumps and I had bald spots. I thought it would stay like that and never grow back but it did and now it’s curly.

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    • I’d heard of it happening to humans so I wasn’t too worried. I checked with my foster coordinator, just in case, and she said it’s likely a combination of losing her winter coat and the stress of delivery. I noticed this morning it was already a bit less.
      Heh … I’d never heard of it coming back different — except after chemo. Apparently it often comes back curly after that!


  2. Glad she found her appetite. It sounds like you’re taking such wonderful care of her!

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  3. Connie says:

    when black cats have a stress shed/growth, it can often come back as white or light gray. It can happen when you shave them too.

    I love it when foster cats eat.. I usually totally overfeed them when they ask for it too because i’ve had so many litters not want to eat..

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