Momcats in the wild have it tough. Not only do they have to find enough food to feed themselves but also their growing families. They also have to protect themselves and their kittens from all sorts of dangers: wildlife, dogs, harmful humans.
Usually by the time the kittens are weaned, the moms are ready to move on. But sometimes kittens have other plans!
Violet and her kittens came to us when the kittens were almost 4 months old. They’d had some handling while they were outside but not enough to convince them that humans were safe.
Fortunately, they went to live at Colorado Cats where Carole Galloway was able to spend lots of time socializing the kittens. Violet had been someone’s beloved kitten, as she was confident and friendly. It took a few weeks, but finally the kittens learned to trust. Her daughter, Iris, was the last to come around.
Violet was ready to find a family of her own, but Iris lagged behind her brothers. When Nancy came along looking for a bonded pair, she fell in love with Violet…and then fell in love with the idea of keeping Iris with her mom.
They had been separated for a few weeks, so Violet took a little convincing that she was going to have her daughter with her permanently. But Iris didn’t give up!
Violet is now Gabby and her daughter is Pippen. They are making up for lost time, with Pippen as Gabby’s little shadow.