PREGNANT MAMA CATS WILL ADOPT OTHER KITTENS INTO THEIR LITTER

This is a photo of Ivey, a stray found with 9 kittens in an overgrown lot.  She had five kittens of about 3 weeks of age of her own and was caring for 4 tiny newborns who had barely opened their eyes.  A cat only has 8 nipples for nursing so it was difficult for her to feed all of these hungry little ones at once.  The big ones tended to push out the tiny ones but they all were in pretty good shape when two teenagers brought them to St. Francis Animal Rescue.  We are bottle feeding all 9 with a supplement of kitten milk replacement but Mama Ivey constantly cleans and cares for them.IveyKittens1