Monday, October 09, 2006

Duchess' Date with Destiny

Well, today is the day I have been waiting for a long time. Duchess' trip to the vet to be spayed. The first time I wasn't fast enough = 3 tabby kittens + 1 white one. The second time she escaped when I answered the front door. My friend delivering girl scout cookies felt bad too. I never told her she got my order wrong, Tagalongs are just not the same as Thin Mints. So she was outside a measly 24 hrs., and her babies were just 8 wks old at the time, barely weaned. So I kept her in another 3 wks and lo and behold she was pregnant again. How embarassing.

So this time, after a litter of 6 kittens, she is tired and I am tired. I have kept them locked down in the laundry room. Unfortunately, she doesn't like being cooped up, and hasn't been taking care of her kittens this time. Well, my mom and dad came to the rescue and took 2 pretty little white ones when they were only 5 weeks old, that's Dolly and Loretta, see Motherkitty and Tomas (scroll down to oct 4, i think). Their other kitty Tiger Lily is Duchess' sister.

So 2 days ago, I go in the laundry room, and I see the huge cat litter container pushed away from the cat door and it takes me only 2 seconds to realize that Duchess has escaped. Only then do I think back and realize how quiet she had been lately. Insert Scream here. Noooooooooo! Luckily, I go to the front door, open it and there she was. But, I swear, she looked pregnant already. Not really possible unless she escaped another time that I don't remember before she weaned her babies.

Mom and Dad borrowed my cat carrier so it will be an interesting trip down the road with the kitty. I do have a cat harness and leash that will work on her (and yes, when we were first married, our first kitty Leah, BigFat Kitty, was an inside cat, and we took her outside on a leash).

Anyway, I think we will all be relieved when it is over. Duchess will be able to go outside again, and I can have my laundry room back. Husband will be glad not to have to scoop cat litter (since I am pregnant, can't do it anymore). Now I will just have to finish giving away all her kittens...I have 2 male 5month old tabbies, and 4 6week old kittens (2 white males, and 2 tabbies-1male and 1 female). After we give away those 6, we will only have Leah, Duchess, and Duchess girl tabby, Tiger Girl (who will be due to be spayed next month) God help me.


Alissa said...

At least it will all be over now. But you know, they can still spay her if she's pregnant, as long as you're not opposed to it.

Good luck finding homes for the rest of the babies! I'd take one, but I already have 4 myself!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

We've been thru the same battle with setting up appointments only to find out the cats are pregnant and have to cancel. We have spayed all of our cats except for Ferbie the tomcat and the old wildcat who can't seem to conceive anymore for some reason.

By now your kitty is recuperating at home or waiting to be picked up at the vets office. Good luck with kitty #2.

Tomas Dennis said...

Do not say cute kittens, say "Great Mousers"(a cat proficient at mousing). Which for you is very true.
Those of you that have barns and want a cat that will catch anything moving this is your chance. These cats the best at it. I have 1 dried frog, 2 field mice and one 1 pound really fuzzy mole outside at this moment.

Motherkitty said...

Sorry about not getting the cat carrier back to you in time. Hope you didn't have a problem with Duchess in the car. We would have brought it back yesterday if you would have called.

Alipurr said...

we had no problem, put the cat harness on her, attached the leash, and i buckled her leash to the front seat belt. She couldn't go far

Alipurr said...

kitty did great and is back home and is very very very happy that i opened up the cat door for her

susan said...

Love the afghan in the background - did you make it?

Alipurr said...

yes I made that for Little One, and actually that is the back side of it. The front side has little popcorns all over it. It is supposed to be kind of like a rainbow. Dancer Girl picked a Precious Moments quilt for sister, it was Noah's Ark. It was one of those prequilted ones, and I just sewed a ruffled edging on. I made this afghan to match. Now that I am pregnant again, I am trying to decide what to make this time, or if I should wait to see if it is a boy or a girl :)

this is kind of why my blog is called kitten yarn, all the afghans i have or have made seem to be taken over by my sweet kitties. My first kitty after I was married was Leah, and she has her own afghan, I think there is a picture of her on it somewhere near the beginning of my blog.