Friday, March 12, 2010

A Cat Story Part 2

In the last blog, I wrote about Nilla losing her kittens to a huge male cat -- new to the neighborhood. Nilla, naturally, continues to produce lots of milk and she appeared to be in pain from the pressure.

My other cat, Marie, had kittens a couple of weeks before Nilla had kittens, but had moved them out of the compound. The idea was that if I could find her kittens then maybe they could nurse Nilla.

This morning, I got lucky and heard the cries of some kittens. I looked over the neighboring fence and there they were. The neighbor handed them over the fence and I took two of Maria's four kittens to Nilla.

Nilla was so excited. She began to lick them and they immediately began to nurse. Forty minutes later, they were still nursing. Nilla has lots and lots of milk -- and is now very content.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Traumatic Night

Nilla is one of my five cats. She just had kittens about three weeks ago. They were beautiful little white and yellow critters and they opened their eyes about a week or so ago.

They slept in a box on the back porch and the other four cats and the other neighborhood cats got along with them great. But last night, a new cat, one that I had never seen, showed up.

Unfortunately, I didn't see this cat until after he'd climbed into the box and attacked and killed the kittens. As I opened the door to the back porch, he took off. He, too, was a beautiful cat -- white with yellow spots and a yellow tail. He might have been the father. Who knows?

I had grown attached to the kittens and was so happy for Nilla, their mother. As some of you may recall from an earlier posting -- Nilla lost her mom, to kidney failure, when she was still a kitten.

Nilla is still in shock -- she paces a lot and hardly touches her food. The other four cats seem to understand - they have stayed close to her today.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Ultimate Shopping Spree

This article in the Washington Post suggests just how corrupt the ruler of Azerbaijan really is.