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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Pretty is as Pretty Does...


“Now why do you want to act ugly? Pretty is as pretty does.”

My grandmother used to say that to me. I have to confess, she would say this to me more frequently than she really should have.

We have an unusual situation at the hospital right now. There’s this stray queen (female cat) that was brought in with three kittens. Then two motherless kittens, whose eyes are still closed, were brought in; and then there were two baby cottontail rabbits that were also brought in to us last night. I know, I know. We aren’t the OKC Animal Shelter; nor are we licensed to take care of wildlife.

Well, the queen’s three kittens are of weaning age, but none of the other four little guys are. The queen is still lactating so one of our staff thought, “hmmm… I wonder if she would nurse those two kittens.” So they put the tiny guys in with her and they took her older babies out. Momma Cat started taking care of the babies as if they were her own and they began to nurse.

Later that evening the cottontail rabbits came in. They were cold and hungry. It wasn’t long before someone thought, “hmmm… I wonder if she would nurse those two rabbits.” So… they put those rabbits in with Momma Cat and she started taking care of the babies as if they were her own and they began to nurse also.

Momma Cat isn’t the prettiest cat in the world but she sure is the nicest. It is against all odds that she has so willingly taken in these orphans. Every once in a while you will get a queen to accept another cat’s kittens; but this usually only happens if the kittens are all very close in age. As my Mamma used to say, “Pretty is as pretty does” and this most certainly applies to this cat.

Needless to say, we all would like to see Momma Cat get into a wonderful loving home. Surely, there is someone who can look beyond the outside and see what Momma Cat has on the inside. Her biological kittens and her adopted kittens need homes too. The cottontails will have to go to a licensed wildlife facility to be taken care of and then later released.

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in Momma Cat or any of the kittens, please call 405.947.8387 and ask for Sina. Sina is a member of our staff, so no, she isn’t there 24/7. If Sina isn’t there when you call, please leave your name and a telephone number (or two) so she can call you back.

Please feel free to forward this blog to all of your cat loving friends who may be interested in adopting these guys. Use the e-mail button below.

later…

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