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Willow, the wonder-cat

post #1 of 23
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Like I wonder what the heck is going on.

I havent posted in awhile as my son was just diagnosed with Leukemia, and we've been overwhelmed with everything going on here.

Actually he was in the hospital (in Pittsburgh which is 2 hours from us) these past 2 weeks, today was our first day home. Anyway... I was sitting at my computer researching when I heard one of Willow's kittens crying. They were 8 weeks old yesterday. I sent my daughter in search of it, thinking one of them got itself stuck somewhere. We still have all 4, we are keeping one - MAYBE two, but have homes for the other two. What she found though, was a new kitten. About 1-1/2 weeks old. Apparently Willow had a kitten shortly after we left for Pittsburgh. Weird thing is, Willows kits are *just* 8 weeks old. This new kitten (who is a red male, btw) is approx a week and a half -- his eyes are open, looks like they are newly opened too, and his ears are nearly up already. Gestation period for a cat, 9 weeks... let's do the math.

I called the emegency vet's (since we just found it a few hours ago) and they said it was totally possible but highly unusual - especially *that* far apart, but thought that maybe this explained her mysterious fever after she had the first acorns.

I teased one of my good friends (who watched our house while we were away) that she was playing some kind of joke on me. Just doesnt seem possible. Funny thing is: I'm trying to do the math in my head and remember how long we had Willow before she had the kits... was trying to glance quickly though my past posts. We are almost CERTAIN that Willow never had a chance to escape the house. The only time she's ever been out since we had her was her trip home, and the vet appointments.

Seems to me that [perhaps] not only was she 5 or 6 weeks preggo when we got her, but also newly knocked up. Just all so odd. Now I have to call our vet and post-pone her upcoming spay appt... again. If you guys remember (or to those of you that are new to her story) Willow was schedule to be spayed after we got her from the Humane Society and we had to cancel that one cuz of her first surprise. Maybe I'll have to rename her to Madonna...

Oh well... I'll have to post pics soon. I know the last time I updated the acorns pics they were 3 weeks old. Hard to beleive they're 8 weeks now. Even harder to believe that I now have a nearly 2 week old!
post #2 of 23
Wow - that is some interesting story. What an amazing thing to come home to a new kitten...Hel-lo?? Seems odd that an already-pregnant cat can get pregnant again. Well, you knew she was special!

Hope your son is doing better - I was noticing that you hadn't been around.
-Kim
post #3 of 23
Wow, that is amazing. I hope your son is feeling well. Nice that he has new kitty babies to keep him company!
post #4 of 23
I don't understand how she could be pregnant with two litters that far apart.
Are you sure she didn't get preggo at the vet? Did you leave her with them by any chance?
post #5 of 23
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uh - that's what I thought when I called the vet. The emergency vet said it could happen but was unusual, her regular vet (I called this morning to tell them her spay appt would have to be delayed) acted like it was nothing out of the ordinary.

Hmph -- while I was at it though, the kits go in Tuesday for their first set of shots.

I still am in shock. I swear I thought someoen was playing a trick on me. Talk about more bang for your buck!!! It's the ultimate BOGO:

Buy one cat get 4 - scratch that - FIVE for free!
post #6 of 23
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Originally Posted by elizwithcat
I don't understand how she could be pregnant with two litters that far apart.
Are you sure she didn't get preggo at the vet? Did you leave her with them by any chance?
Willow's kits are 8 weeks. This new kitten is at least a week old. If she got preggo at the vets, the gestation would only have been 7 weeks at best. 49 days, I guess it's possible, but totally weird!!! And I am almost POSITIVE she nevr got out. And the only other male animal in the house is my dog and he's been neutered since he was 6 months!

According to both vet's, since a cat has two horns it's possible, and even if she wasnt in heat, if she was stimulated by a male it could happen. So weird. Not what I was expecting to come home to.

Willow has definitely been one bizarre cat!
post #7 of 23
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Originally Posted by Marianjela
Willow's kits are 8 weeks. This new kitten is at least a week old. If she got preggo at the vets, the gestation would only have been 7 weeks at best. 49 days, I guess it's possible, but totally weird!!! And I am almost POSITIVE she nevr got out. And the only other male animal in the house is my dog and he's been neutered since he was 6 months!

According to both vet's, since a cat has two horns it's possible, and even if she wasnt in heat, if she was stimulated by a male it could happen. So weird. Not what I was expecting to come home to.

Willow has definitely been one bizarre cat!
I don't think it's ordinary at all. I wonder if the vet knows something you don't, LOL. WHen you take her down there, do they take her to the back room to be examined, LOL. I think it's very peculiar, to say the least.
post #8 of 23
well.. at least she only had one because she didnt have room for any more But I wonder how Willow has been hiding this new baby for a whole week!!! She has four other kittens, and babies are very demanding...

strange story indeed, but it can happen, yes

I am just surprised the little one didnt get born very premature when your others were born.. it owuld have been very very small :O

Its a miracle
post #9 of 23
Wow that is an odd!

Sorry to hear about your son, honey.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by elizwithcat
I don't think it's ordinary at all. I wonder if the vet knows something you don't, LOL. WHen you take her down there, do they take her to the back room to be examined, LOL. I think it's very peculiar, to say the least.
I've wondered the same thing... but she was SO sick I'd be surprised if something could happen. But yes, they did have her in a back room, and she I had to leave her there for most of the day before I could bring her home...

oh well... this one being an only child, has been very cuddly. Momma cat is STILL nursing the piglets, and this new baby who we've dubbed "Finding Chemo" and still trying to find time for herself. She keeps him downstairs with the rest of us and doesnt even care if the dog's around anymore. In fact, Ithink she worries more about the older kittens going around him. I think she keeps him in the living room so we can help 'baby-sit'. And I have tried moving him she keeps bringing him back on down... So poor lonely boy cuddles up to whoever he can find. Including the dog when he'll let him.
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by BigOrangeMenace
well.. at least she only had one because she didnt have room for any more But I wonder how Willow has been hiding this new baby for a whole week!!! She has four other kittens, and babies are very demanding...

strange story indeed, but it can happen, yes

I am just surprised the little one didnt get born very premature when your others were born.. it owuld have been very very small :O

Its a miracle
We were home a good 4 or 5 hours before we found him. We heard him crying. We've been remodeling our kitchen, and on the one side of our kitchen the cabinets arent secured to the wall yet, she found her way back there and had him hiding under the kickplate part...

Woulda never knew it if I didnt see her going back there.
post #12 of 23
Oh my, the little one sounds adorable and special! Pictures? Do you have a home already for this one too?

Sorry to hear about your son, he will get better!
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Marianjela
I've wondered the same thing... but she was SO sick I'd be surprised if something could happen. But yes, they did have her in a back room, and she I had to leave her there for most of the day before I could bring her home...

oh well... this one being an only child, has been very cuddly. Momma cat is STILL nursing the piglets, and this new baby who we've dubbed "Finding Chemo" and still trying to find time for herself. She keeps him downstairs with the rest of us and doesnt even care if the dog's around anymore. In fact, Ithink she worries more about the older kittens going around him. I think she keeps him in the living room so we can help 'baby-sit'. And I have tried moving him she keeps bringing him back on down... So poor lonely boy cuddles up to whoever he can find. Including the dog when he'll let him.
I don't think male cats would care if she was sick. I seriously would suspect the vet. Maybe somebody was getting neutered and got one last fling? I can't believe she would get preggo with this kitten when she was already preggo with the others. I think that's very unusual, and your vet didn't even sound surprised? Like I said, maybe he knows something you don't.
Any breeders know if it's even possible for a cat to get preggo with a new kitten if she is about to give birth?
post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by Talon
Oh my, the little one sounds adorable and special! Pictures? Do you have a home already for this one too?

Sorry to hear about your son, he will get better!
Do I have pictures? hehehehe Silly question

First pic of The Acorns and Chemo.

Second pic with momma too.

The difference a few weeks makes is AMAZING! And I cant beleive how big the Acorns have gotten already. The other day I seen Nacho sprawled out sleeping and I had to do a double take cuz I thought he was momma!
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Talon
Oh my, the little one sounds adorable and special! Pictures? Do you have a home already for this one too?

Sorry to hear about your son, he will get better!
I forgot to answer your other question... no we dont have a home for the new baby yet, but am afraid I am growing attached to it! And so is Joshua.
3 of the 4 Acorns went to their furever homes on Saturday. We are keeping Nacho. In fact I also have a pic of Nacho and Chemo together. And it's a rare pic since momma cat usually keeps Nacho corralled away from Chemo.



Yes, that's Chewbacca's fuzzy but in the pic. A few frames later I snapped a pic of Nacho attacking his tail! and Chemo trying to find a boob.

It's amazing the personalities of these kittens. When the Acorns were first born, Nacho was my least favorite, but as his personality developed, I grew more and more attached.

From the start, I woulda bet that we were going to keep Frito... in fact I think I said as much in other posts. They each had their own personalities. Dorito was/is reserved, but such a little cuddle bug. Frito was real playful, but not so cuddly. Wilbur ended up being the smallest (believe it or not) and the only short hair and we dubbed him Rat Cat as his snout out-grew his face But Nacho, he turned out to be the most playful AND cuddliest. I think the clincher was when I walked in my room and found him all snuggled up to my son sleeping on my bed. And of course I have pics of that too
post #16 of 23
Oh my goodness - Finding Chemo is a DOLL! How Bizzare. I'm flabbergasted!
post #17 of 23
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Oh my goodness - Finding Chemo is a DOLL! How Bizzare. I'm flabbergasted!
Oh thanks! It's amazing what a difference 6 weeks makes huh?
post #18 of 23
Oh, he's SO sweet! Big brother and little brother together!

I just gave 2 of mine to their forever homes this week. 2 more go by the end of the week.
post #19 of 23
So cute! Almost makes me want to make a trip to PA!
post #20 of 23
What adoreable kittens! All of them! First of all, how is Joshua doing? Maybe "Chemo" is just what the doctor ordered! I am sure they will become the best of buddies down the road.

I am glad to see updated pictures of Willow's acorns. Maybe you could post some in "Fur pictures only" for everyone to see. I really had to search for these! But it was well worth the wait!
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Marianjela
I forgot to answer your other question... no we dont have a home for the new baby yet, but am afraid I am growing attached to it! And so is Joshua.
3 of the 4 Acorns went to their furever homes on Saturday. We are keeping Nacho. In fact I also have a pic of Nacho and Chemo together. And it's a rare pic since momma cat usually keeps Nacho corralled away from Chemo.



Yes, that's Chewbacca's fuzzy but in the pic. A few frames later I snapped a pic of Nacho attacking his tail! and Chemo trying to find a boob.

It's amazing the personalities of these kittens. When the Acorns were first born, Nacho was my least favorite, but as his personality developed, I grew more and more attached.

From the start, I woulda bet that we were going to keep Frito... in fact I think I said as much in other posts. They each had their own personalities. Dorito was/is reserved, but such a little cuddle bug. Frito was real playful, but not so cuddly. Wilbur ended up being the smallest (believe it or not) and the only short hair and we dubbed him Rat Cat as his snout out-grew his face But Nacho, he turned out to be the most playful AND cuddliest. I think the clincher was when I walked in my room and found him all snuggled up to my son sleeping on my bed. And of course I have pics of that too
We would love to see the picture of Nacho and Joshua!
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by awliston
We would love to see the picture of Nacho and Joshua!
Ask and you shall receive. This pic was taken Memorial Day weekend. Just a few days before we went to Pittsburgh and learned of Josh's diagnosis. I had been fighting myself on which kitten I wanted to keep, and even considered keeping both (and would've had it not been of dx) I think this is the moment I knew which kiddo I wanted!

The other 3 kittens went to very good homes -- however one of them (Dorito) came back shortly after. The minute we seen her pull up in front of my house I started yelling, No Refunds, No Returns - rofl. Oh well. They had discovered that their youngest daughter (who is 4) is allergic to cats... or more specifically -- the long-haired Dorito. so we've gone back to looking for her new furvever home. Had found a few possible takers, but none I was willing to turn her over to.
post #23 of 23
Oh that is such a cute pic!
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