Cat beams with joy when she finds the perfect family to help her kittens thrive

Rescued from life on the street, a cat found the perfect family to help its kittens thrive.

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A cat roamed the streets of an apartment complex after being left there. A few months later she was picked up by local rescue workers and taken to Forgotten Felines Huntsville with something special in her stomach.

The cat they named Canasta was pregnant and needed a safe place to raise their babies. When she got to her nursing home, she immediately became a love bug.

“She’s a super friendly girl who’s always happy to see me walk into the room, come to me for love and oversee everything I do,” shared Robyn Anderson, Foster mom. “She wants to be on top of your face and get love.”

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The cross-eyed beauty charmed everyone in the house, including her house cat Charlie. It wasn’t long before Canasta claimed her throne in the grooming room, and her playful side was coming out in full swing.

She was back in her element, inside, and immediately establishing a routine with her foster mother. After each meal, she waddled across the room to her scratcher to have her claws filed, and then made her way to her human’s lap for a longer cuddling session.

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She was so pleased to finally have a family to attend to all of her needs. She ate to her heart’s content and her stomach expanded quickly. “She vacuumed her plate of canned food and let me know that if there was more she would like to throw it away for me,” wrote Robyn.

Charlie was quite curious about his new roommate and often came to visit to win her over. Slowly but surely the tabby began to grow on her.

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“She was pretty friendly when we first got her, but she’s super cozy now,” said Robyn. “She discovered that Charlie’s cock is a fun toy. And Charlie can take it pretty well.”

Canasta started showing off her quirks around the house, jumping and playing with kitten-like energy while waddling around with her big belly. She claimed every piece of furniture she could find, including Charlie’s beloved hammock.

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Week after week they waited patiently, but there were still no kittens. Just when they thought it was time, Canasta made them wait another day. “I woke up every half hour to check on Canasta all night because I only had a feeling, but no (nothing happened),” wrote Robyn.

The expectant mother played like a kitten every day.

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After 47 days of care, Robyn finally woke up to the early hours of the morning when Canasta howled at the door for help. With the help of her foster parents, the cute cat gave birth to six beautiful, healthy kittens.

“They each weighed between 4 and 4.5 ounces (the average kitten birth weight is 3.5 ounces.)”

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Canasta immediately focused on her mother’s duties and spent most of her time looking after her babies (Uno, Slapjack, Pinochle, Whist, Rummy, Fizzbin). There was no shortage of love and hugs for the kittens. She kept them fed and clean from head to toe.

If they made a squeak during a break, the infatuated mother would stop everything and run over to them.

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Momma Canasta is determined to keep her babies close and in a location of her choosing. She doesn’t mind if Robyn weighs her, but she doesn’t hesitate to take it away whenever she wants.

“She’s an incredibly calm and confident mother, and she takes it all,” said Robyn.

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“Canasta is good with these babies, keeping them fed and occasionally finding time to pound a toy around the room.”

The kittens have opened their eyes and are trying to explore their pen. Mama Canasta watches over them every step of the way and makes sure they don’t get into trouble.

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She is so happy and grateful that she has loving people to kitten and sit around her little ones when she has some time for me. She has started talking more and even having meaningful conversations with her people.

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The cute mother cat never has to spend a day on the street or go through another pregnancy again. She loves her VIP life and takes in the love of her people.

She is so pleased that her kittens have a roof over their heads and shower them with endless cuddles.

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“She is great and whoever adopts her will be a happy family,” wrote Robyn.

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Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on Canasta and her kittens on Facebook and Instagram @ love.and.hisses, and on Robyn’s care at Love and Hisses.

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