Cat’s can reproduce at alarming rates. On average a healthy cat can have 3 litters per year with an average of 4 kittens per litter. If a cat were to live for 15 years that would mean you could expect 180 kittens to be born from just 1 cat for its lifetime. This is why it is important to spay and neuter your pets. There simply aren’t enough homes for all of the cats in the world. Let’s take a look at a unique situation that happened with a 2-year-old stray cat who has quite a unique birth story.
Shelby was a 2-year-old pregnant stray cat taken care of by a caring individual. The Good Samaritan provided food for Shelby so that she could feed her just born kittens. As the kittens grew, they also became feral like Shelby. A local shelter was contacted and trapped Shelby and her kittens. A different rescue group called Purrfect Pals then took Shelby and her kittens and placed her in foster care.
As a part of the foster care program, Shelby was taken in for spay surgery. Surprisingly the vet discovered that Shelby was again pregnant. Soon Shelby gave birth to 4 kittens. Sadly 3 kittens were stillbirths and only 1 was born alive. After 4 days, the sole surviving kitten passed away. But what happened next surprised everyone.
A 5th Kitten is Born 4 Days After The Others
Four days after giving birth to 4 kittens, Shelby gave birth to a 5th kitten. The kitten, named Lizzie was healthy and quickly showed that she would not only survive, but instead thrive. “The kitten was loud. She was a strong nurser…. Lizzie was a total surprise being born four days after Sparky, ” her foster dad John explained.
Lizzie was small in stature but mighty. John the foster dad said, “Her gains may be smaller but they’re steady.” Soon Lizzie was playing and climbing on everything at her foster home. Shelby, being only 2 years old was close to being a kitten herself. The two felines developed a close bond and played in the safety of their caring foster home.
When the time came for adoption, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of both cats that they get adopted together. Soon the perfect adoptive parents stepped forward. Shelby and Lizzie were adopted into a home with two other playful cats. The 4 cats hit it off great and became tight-knit.
This story had a happy ending thanks to the Good Samaritan, the shelter, Purrfect Pals and the man that fostered Shelby and Lizzie. If you would like to help cats in need, contact your local shelter and ask how you can help. You may want to adopt or foster. But even if those two options don’t work, there is always something you can do to help. Volunteering at your local shelter or giving money to provide support are two equally important avenues to help.