Wednesday night a former foster mom brought over a beautiful calico cat who had just delivered four kittens that afternoon in her barn. The cat showed up with a group last fall and made themselves at home in Julie's barn. Far from being feral, she is quite friendly and affectionate, and I've named her Ellie. One little quirk is that she hisses - a lot. When I come in the room, when I walk up to the birthing box, when I pull the towel covering it away, and when I reach into the box to pet her. Okay, now you think I have a death wish, but while she's hissing, she's stretching her head over to my hand so she can rub and rub and rub. My legs almost went numb tonight kneeling down, bending over and sticking my head in a box to pet this cat. It's like she didn't want me to leave. Julie said she's always hissed like that and they just ignore it. The day after I got her, I had her tested, and she's negative for feline leukemia and aids, so the babies probably are, too. Yea! That's one thing we fear about getting feral and barn cats. She did test positive for roundworms. It would be more unusual if she didn't have them. She got a dose of a dewormer, and the babies will get one at two weeks.
I've finally found a good use for ashtrays. Large ones make wonderful food bowls. Cats don't like their whiskers to touch the sides of a bowl, but the sides are high enough so food doesn't go over the edge.