In the following story, the names have been changed to protect the surprised. 😉
One of our Foster Homes has quickly become a specialist in shy, timid cats. “Joe” was sent to her and has been making slow, but remarkable progress. He’s very, very withdrawn and seems to have forgotten how to be a cat. After a couple of weeks it was decided try a “play date” with another foster cat. It went ok but not outstanding.
In the meantime, there was another very timid cat at the Volunteer Centre. Cat caretakers had noted that she was very shy and tried to hide in her bedding. It was decided to move “Jessie” to Joe’s Foster Home. The introduction went fine and Jessie was much happier in a home.
The second day in her Foster Home, I got an urgent email from the FH. Something was very wrong; Jessie was screaming and clearly in pain. They were considering rushing her to a vet. Unfortunately, the email arrived while I was on my way home from work so I didn’t immediately get it. Ten minutes after the first email there was another:
Subject: Emergency over
Message: She’s just given birth to one black kitten!!!
There was NO suggestion that she was pregnant. The assumption (based on the state of her nipples) was that she’d recently had kittens! Kind of like Oprah.
Hahahahahahahaha! Meet our first born kitten of the year, Sparrow: