We get a lot of strays around here. When we can, we rescue them and find them homes. Tonight I have finally met a beautiful little tabby that has been getting progressively closer to the house. We thought it was odd that my very territorial male cat had not forced this new tabby off our male cat’s range, but tonight I found out why. Although our male cat was fixed as a kitten, he still knows the difference between male and female, and I think he may even be chivalrous. The little tabby is pregnant. Depending on how many kittens she’s carrying, she may be very pregnant. What makes me saddest is that there’s every indication that, at some time in her life, she belonged to someone. Did she get lost? Did a mean parent kick her out when she got pregnant? Did a family in financial distress look for a likely place to abandon her?
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Ah, the plot thickens. There are *two* stray tabbies out there tonight. And one is the male we’ve been seeing for a few months. He fears us. She doesn’t. And they seem to know each other. Is he the daddy? a littermate? both?
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One of the first duties of having a pet today is spaying or neutering. If you can’t afford to “fix” your pet, then you probably can’t afford the costs of a pet from month to month. Your duty to your pet continues for the duration of its life. Please, prevent unwanted kittens, and do your best to find your pet a “forever home” if you can no longer keep it. It is so cruel to dump a pet who has been accustomed to being indoors–perhaps even more cruel than euthanizing her. We’ll try to do our best for these two orphan cats, if they hang around.