When Libby and I arrived this morning, Emma, Judith and Leanne (Shelter staff) were again very busy. One of the pregnant ladies had delivered her kittens earlier today and the smallest wasn't doing so well.
Here's mum and her kittens. You can also see the afterbirth laying at the front. You'll have to excuse the poor photo's but I didn't want to disturb her.
|Proud new mum|
|Can you make out the tiny kittens??|
|Big enough to eat without being held :)|
|Molly minus her collar|
Here are some of the furry faces waiting to meet people today.
One thing did disappoint me today. My Daughter overheard a visitor stating rooms could be cleaner and other negative comments. If I had heard this personally I would have politely explained about the strict cleaning regime and how hard everyone works all week to keep the cats healthy. I wonder if some people expect a smell of disinfectant or bleach to prove that rooms are cleaned. Can you imagine cats getting that on their paws and licking it? So no, there are no strong cleaning product smells as the products are animal friendly. It makes sense when you think about it.
There was a moment (or possibly a good half hour) of panic towards the end of the afternoon. A Mum and her Daughter were in the kitten room and decided on two they wanted to adopt. Great news, until it was discovered that one of the kittens was nowhere to be seen. Everyone hunted around the entire shelter just in case he'd sneaked out through the room doors (there are airlock style doors to prevent this) It seemed unlikely he could have escaped as no one had spotted him anywhere in the corridors.
Everyone thought about the last time he'd been seen. It was then that Emma wondered if he'd got in the cat carrier which was being used to take another kitten home.
It was a nervous wait for both the staff and the Mum & Daughter waiting to adopt. Finally the call came through, the kitten was in the carrier and would be brought straight back to the shelter.
What a fab day :)