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Do You think that Cats Know Their Relatives

I work as a desk clerk in a local motel and behind the motel is the woods. In these woods lives a feral cat colony.

Last Sept. there was a little orange kitten about 8 weeks old that kept coming to the hotel door but if we tried to catch him, he would run away and one morning he came and his mouth was bleeding and he was crying, so we were finally able to catch him. I took him home and took him to the vet where he had surgery on his mouth. We named him Blaze.

Fast Forward to June, 2011. My son is a truck driver and when he comes home he parks his rig in the motel truck parking.

When it was time for him to leave, we took him to his truck. It was fully loaded and covered with big tarps and tiedowns. He decided he better check his load before taking off. He lifted part of the tarp and there were two baby kittens laying there.

They couldn’t have been more than 2 weeks old. We decided to wait and see if the mother would come back for them. She didn’t. Maybe she just had too many to care for. And these 2 obviously were the runts. They were very little. And we couldn’t just leave them there for long cause it was over 100 degrees out.

So I took them home. Made a bed for them, got kitten formula and bottles and bottle fed them. We knew they had to have come from the same feral colony that Blaze came from.

From the moment I brought them home, Blaze would jump into the bed, clean them, and cuddle them. We named them Bandit and Sparkle.

I would tell friends about this and they thought I was crazy. Everyone kept telling me that a full grown male cat would not take care of babies. Well…guess what! He did. As they grew, he would show them how to use the litter box, and how to eat real food.

He still sleeps most of the time with them and cleans them. And they really love him.

I personally feel that Blaze knew that somehow they are related. Coming from the same colony, maybe they have the same parent. I just know that Bandit and Sparkle act like Blaze is their big brother. 

    I think the three of them know it!!




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Paws4Critters Pet Stuff
Paws4Critters Pet Stuff | October 18th 2011 at 1318967865

Sharon... it's not true! Male cats make GREAT mothers! Seriously. I have several that are great moms... not their furkids or related either. Punkin is great at it. He has mothered many babies I have brought in. Devil is pretty good too. Dusty, one that was raised by Punkin is learning to be a great mommy, too. I have even had dogs be good mama kitties.

As for knowing their kin... hmmm... not sure. Sandy & Dusty are probably Devil's furkids, but Sandy wants nothing to do with Devil; however, she is great buds with Dusty, her brother from a different litter. They are abt 6 mos apart. Add Bonnie, their half sister, who is abt 6 mos younger than Sandy and a year younger than Dusty. Harley, who is the brother of Bonnie's daddy, is also her, Sandy & Dusty's nephew, as Bonnie's daddy is Bonnie, Sandy & Dusty's mama's grandson... are you still with me.... LOL, I gotta write a blog on this some day!

I can say, the 5 kittens I raised from 2 wks old do seem like they know they are related, as they do tend to stick together. They sleep together, eat together, and defend one another. Teddy is the troublemaker... his sister, Taffy, always comes to his aid whether I am scolding him or he is picking on one of the others. She always has his back!
Shars Gift Mart
Shars Gift Mart | October 18th 2011 at 1318968855

The other 2 female cats in the family, Apache, and Callie want nothing to do with the kittens LOL Shelley, the dog, loves to play with the kittens, but I have to watch her cause she wants to pick them up and take them outside LOL
Ayuni Gifts of the World
Ayuni Gifts of the World | October 18th 2011 at 1318999395

I think animals just know when somebody (human or animal) needs them, and they step up to help. Unlike people, they'll do what needs to be done for another being.....even if it isn't their own species. Haven't we seen the dogs who suckle kittens when their mother can't?
Shop4UniqueGifts | October 19th 2011 at 1319015814

Great post Sharon. I would ponder if a calf knows its mother and other animals know their parents I would think there would be some clue for know if you come from the same liter. Just a thought. I never knew male cats made good moms. Ayuni I agree with you 100%
Pacesetter | October 19th 2011 at 1319033853

Love it! Daddy Cats Make Great Mommies, too :)
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BeewitchingItems | October 19th 2011 at 1319054457

Such a wonderful thing and I am with you, I believe that cats (and dogs) know their own relatives. Bless you for taking them in
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | October 19th 2011 at 1319055374

Really neat!
Fredrick Nijm
Fredrick Nijm | October 19th 2011 at 1319057060

So cute
Gens Variety
Gens Variety | October 19th 2011 at 1319058870

They are adorable! I so wish at times I could have another cat but with hubby being allergic that isn't going to happen.
Tuckerstuff | October 19th 2011 at 1319091806

Great story, and one special cat. I have a one cat that thinks it's one of the dogs and my five dogs protect it like they are it's bodyguards. Whenever there is a strange cat in the yard giving my cat crap, I let my five little dogs out. They chase him out of the yard, and my cat comes running back with them. Too funny.
Shars Gift Mart
Shars Gift Mart | October 20th 2011 at 1319115644

They are very special :) Blaze and Bandit will jump on my husband in the morning when the alarm goes off and start licking him and trying to cuddle to make sure he gets up It makes every morning start with a laugh :-) | October 20th 2011 at 1319150957

Another cat story . . . I ain't complaining because most of my blogs are about my cats. My sister has 2 shit'zus and my cats grew up with them. She takes the dogs out and here's a long line of cats right behind her. Gives me a chuckle every time.

Good blog.

mrsdinkerson | October 21st 2011 at 1319198614

They are all three lucky to have YOU! Loved this story...I currently have no animals in my home, so I get my "fur fix" by volunteering at an animal shelter. I have seen nurturing male cats there, too. It is so sweet to watch any animal care for another!
Shars Gift Mart
Shars Gift Mart | October 21st 2011 at 1319200058

If my son had taken off without checking his load, or if he had lifted the tarp in a different spot, it would have been a different story. These little ones would haved not survived the trip. A higher power was watching over this little ones!

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