Shea Prior first noticed a stray cat wandering through her yard a couple months ago, and was excited when the sweet cat finally got close enough for Prior to feed her. She’d been feeding her for a few days when she noticed the cat was producing milk — which meant she had kittens hidden somewhere nearby.
“I was petting her and went to pick her up and that’s when I realized she had milk in and had been nursing some babies,” said Prior.
Prior was both excited and concerned, and wanted to help the mama cat and her kittens if she could. She looked around but didn’t see any kittens, and offhandedly asked the mama cat where they were.
“I started telling her to show me to her babies, and that I bet her babies were so pretty,” Prior wrote in a post on Facebook.
The next day, Prior went into her yard to water the plants and saw the mama cat running toward her — and this time, she wasn’t alone.
“She came running up to me and rubbed on my leg while making her little croaking noise she does,” said Prior.
“She led me over to my shed and I looked and saw a couple little fluffballs staring back at me. She flopped over on her side and started calling to them to come out and see me.”
The mama cat had grown to trust Prior so much and knew she would help keep her family safe.
She was so proud to show off her five tiny kittens to her.
At first, the kittens were too scared to come out of hiding — until their mom showed them that it was OK, and they finally got brave enough to come out and meet Prior.
“One of the little gray ones was super brave and came up to me with his little pointy tail held up high in the air and let me pet him immediately,” said Prior.
“Eventually, after about 10 to 15 minutes, they had all come up to me and let me hold them and pet them.”
As soon as she’d met the entire family, Prior knew she had to help them and was able to get them all safely inside her house. Within days, she’d found homes for all five kittens once they’re old enough to be adopted — and decided to adopt the mama cat herself.
Prior is so grateful that the mama cat was brave enough to bring her family to her. They’ll all have the best forever homes very soon.
Source: The Dodo