Science in Action

Warning: Not for the faint of heart Embarassed

How could a good unschooler resist documenting the birth of kittens? Not us! We decided to take in a pregnant mother cat that had been hanging around our church for a while now. She is really sweet, and a good mommy.

The children were SO excited to be able to witness the experience. It happened on Thursday, April 24, 2008, starting around 7:00 p.m., when Missy (the name we think we’ve chosen for the momma) started acting strange and headed for a tight place. Luckily, I was able to convince her to birth in a laundry basket with her bed in the tub.

So, here’s the entire experience of the birth of Kitten #2 (an orange like her mommy):

Crowning:

Emergence:

Birth:

Cutting the Cord, and Taking care of the placenta:

Nourishment:

The full litter of four beautiful kittens (one black with orange/white, one gray with orange, one orange, and one tan/white or light orange):

7 responses to “Science in Action

  1. My anti-spam word is love and what a perfect compliment to your post.

    Enjoy your kittens, they are adorable!

  2. Awesome! I watched a couple of our cats have kittens when I was a teenager. It is so cool.

  3. Very cool. I’M amazed she let you do that. They are beautiful kittens. Have fun with them.

  4. I know! I looked for her reaction to ensure it didn’t upset her. She seemed oblivious, so I snapped a total of about 8 pictures.

    I was as subtle as I could be, snapping quickly and without disturbing her positions while constantly petting her as she wanted me to do. I was able to do this with another cat in 1998, and as can be common with domesticated cats, they often desire support during their birth. And then, strays tend to bond more strongly as well to those who take them in. Last, I had her in the tub with the curtain drawn, so I think all these helped.

    We can’t wait until the kittens get to the playful stage. Now, to choose which one to keep . . .
    -Cindy

  5. Oh, and I developed new respect for animal births as Missy continued birthing with 1, 2, and 3 kittens crawling around in the middle of it all, or suckling, as others continued to emerge. In the emergence picture, I swear the first kitten began trying to suckle on the birth sac!
    -Cindy

  6. Whoa! I wish we lived closer so we could adopt one!

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