A cat had two kittens indoors for the first time after years wandering outside.
Anika, a long-haired tabby cat, was rescued from a difficult situation along with a number of cats and kittens at a remote farm.
She was just skin and bones underneath all the fur, rough around the edges and covered in mats. Chatons Orphelins Montreal took her into their care and discovered that she had two additions in her belly.
“We found out that she was pregnant. She was very small despite being seven years old. She likely has had many litters during her years outside,” Celine Crom of the rescue shared with Love Meow.
Anika was welcomed into a foster home where she was provided a comfortable maternity suite with all the amenities. She had access to clean water and plenty of food to munch on all day long.
For the first couple of days, Anika spent most of her time resting as she tried to replenish and make up for lost sleep.
“She didn’t have much human contact prior, so she was withdrawn at first, but with patience, she warmed up to her foster mom and eventually came out of her shell.”
Over the next few weeks, Anika made good gains and was no longer bony to the touch. Her fur became softer and shinier, and she was more trusting and affectionate towards people. As her belly grew into fruition, her need for attention multiplied.
“Anika gave birth to two babies one day without warning, and the kittens latched onto her and started eating like champs. In just 24 hours, they both put on weight,” Celine shared.
“There are two boys, Albus (black) and Arlow (tabby), and they are the lucky ones who have been born inside a safe home.”
Anika was a wonderful mother to her precious duo and did all she could to keep them fed and clean. She was so relieved to get some help when Albus needed treatment for an infection.
She taught her fur kids how to eat from a bowl and play like a cat, amongst other feline etiquette. She watched them as they reached one milestone after another, beaming with pride.
Anika remains a small cat covered in fluff while her kittens are growing by leaps and bounds.
“Albus likes to carry his toy in his mouth and run around with it. He is more gentle and calm and likes to follow in his brother’s footsteps in his mischief-making. He purrs like a tractor and loves all the cuddles.”
They enjoy sunbathing by the window and watching the day go by, without a care in the world.
Anika is spending more time on self-care now that her job as a mother is complete. She has some underlying health issues and is getting the best care and all the love from everyone at the rescue.
At three months old, Arlow and Albus have blossomed into handsome young cats with adorable personalities.
They do everything together and are often seen curled up with each other in a fluffy purr-pile.
After seven years roaming the outdoors, Anika is beyond content having a roof over her head and kind humans to cater to her needs.
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