-By Kaitlynn Jones

For my first time fostering a pregnant cat, I expected to stay up late to deal with a long, messy, and loud labor. Well, I was wrong.

I spent two weeks waiting and preparing for my foster cat Esmeralda to give birth. I set up towels in every part of the room I could so she would have three different nesting areas to choose from. I knew all the signs to look for and in the last three days of her pregnancy I was a ball of anxiety waiting for the birth.

"Helping Esmerelda give birth turned out to be a surprisingly easy and heartwarming experience!"

I woke up on a Friday morning to find her on my bed in between my legs. Suddenly, her water broke! Instead of choosing a nest before having her babies, she decided to give birth to them where I was!

I laid a towel on the ground and sat with her for six hours while each of her five kittens came out. She did absolutely everything – there was no yowling or cries of pain. It turned out to be a surprisingly easy and heartwarming experience!

I’ve learned that some mother cats will want you by their side while others will want space. I spent two weeks with Esmeralda bonding with her and keeping her as stress-free as possible.

Now her kittens are five weeks old and all I’ve had to do was feed mom, clean a litterbox, and play with kittens!

They are definitely more rambunctious and wild, but not to a level that isn’t manageable. I play with and socialize them every day to make sure they are amazing for their adopters.

It will be hard to see them go but I’m so grateful I could help these kittens grow and find five new loving homes.

We need your help!

We are in need of kitten food for our precious foster kitties! You can order through our Amazon Wish List and have it delivered straight to our door.

A reminder that our adoption center is still closed to the public, but if you would like to drop off kitten food in-person, you can leave donations next to our front door between 10am-6pm.

See Foster Wish List!