Friday, 15 October 2010

The Prodigal Kittens

Friends, I have found my babies! I really have! I'm sorry I haven't posted in forever. The human kept telling me I should, but I was too busy searching. I looked everywhere. I even was brave enough to go look in the bath tub, but they weren't there. Things were getting desperate, so I wrote a letter to my friend Sweet Praline
who came through for me! If you have a look at her blog, you can see how hard she searched, just in case my babies had somehow gotten into her house by mistake. Although she didn't find them, she did begin to put feelers out, and thanks to her wonderful connections, I have located my children! Allow me to explain.

Over the last two weeks, my human kept muttering "phantom pregnancy". I hadn't mentioned this to Praline until a little while ago, but as soon as I did, she got thinking. "Tia," said she, "You have to slow down a little. You young cats are so eager for life that you don't take the time to consider things propperly. Really think about the words. Break them down a bit." Given that she is an older and wiser cat, and a tortie Persian to boot, I thought I'd better listen. "Phantom Pregnancy," I thought, "phantom pregnancy. Fan Tom, Preg Nancy."

It was like being hit by a sun puddle. I understood! Fan, Tom, Nancy! I now had a lead. Quick as a wink, I ran to the computer and had my human send off an email. She knows a lady called Nancy, you see. Could it be true? I waited with paws crossed, and this morning, a return email came our way. It was true! I was right! Allow me to share with you.

First the fan. This was how the babies escaped from my tummy. On Thursday night while I was asleep, Tom and Nancy sneaked into my house and blew a big fan really hard against my tummy. I didn't wake up because it was only air on my skin, and I'm used to that. Tom and Nancy are two peoples who take care of little ghost kittens. They explained to me in the email that ghost kittens have a hard time getting food from their mummycat, but that they have the means to care for them. They'd heard I was having kittens, and had come to check. They do this with all mummycats just in case they are having ghost kittens instead of babycat kittens. They don't want any kittens to die, so if there are ghost ones, they take them away so that they can feed for them and love them and make sure they grow big and strong. Every night, they sneak into the houses of mummycats really quietly so as not to wake anyone and worry them. Then they check on the babycats. If they are ghosts, they blow the fan. If they are not, they leave as silently as they have come. My human says they're rather like santa clause in that respect, but I don't know who he is. I think they are guardians of cats everywhere.

Ghost kittens are light, say Tom and Nancy, so the fan blows them straight out of your tummy. "We put them in a basket with lots of snuggly warm blankets, and we bring them home with us." I asked why they couldn't have stayed with me. "Ghost kittens are all air and shadow," they reply."If you kept them, you'd not be able to see them, and how can you feed a babycat you can't see?" I couldn't argue with them here. If I couldn't see them, I couldn't go to where they are to snuggle and feed them. They'd be cold and hungry and lonely, and I wouldn't even know! The thought of that makes me quite upset, but now I know they are happy and healthy, it is tempered.

Tom and Nancy say my babies are happy. They promise to give updates on their progress over the coming months, and say they will love them very much.

So there you have it. I'm not quite sure about the Preg part of Fan Tom Preg Nancy, but my human does know a people called Gregg, and he is related to Nancy. Maybe they just made a mistake with Preg Nancy. I think it's Gregg, and that he will help take care of the ghost kittens too.

Tom and Nancy offer their services to all cats in need. If you think you might be having kittens, just get in contact with them. It's worth it in case they are ghosts.

To Tom, Gregg and Nancy, thank you for caring for my babies. I will always miss them, but my grief is made a little easier by knowing that they are in loving arms. To Praline, thank you so much for your wisdom and care. I will never forget the comfort you gave me. To all of you others, your purrs worked, and I thank you for helping my babies on their way to a loving home. I will sleep well tonight knowing that they all have milk and warmth.


Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Tia thank you for the update! We are so glad that your babies are safe and being cared for! And your explination makes total sense to us now - we couldn't figure out what was going on because we are all spayed and neutered and don't know a lot about kittens that are young. So thank you for telling us - it is good to know. And we hope that you are more relaxed now - we have been worried about you. We thought that you weren't blogging because you were so worried and were trying to stay calm - we missed you. We are glad Prailine could help you - she is a very smart ladycat!

Admiral Hestorb said...

Tia, mama's eyes leaked reading that. Love and hugs to you.

Furkidsmom said...

We're so happy that you found your kittens and that they are safe. It's nice of Tom and Nancy to take such good care of ghost kittens.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Oh my friend, we're hoping that you have some comfort now.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We, too, are glad you have found your kittens, Tia.

Tia said...

House of Cats, apparently you can still have ghost kittens if you're spayed. Tom and Nancy say they hear of it from time to time, although it's much rarer. Hestorb, are your people's eyes Ok? you need to keep a watch on that if they're leaking. She might be sick. My eyes run when I'm sick, you see. Furkids, isn't it nice though? I'm so glad they care enough for kittens to look after tham all! Inigo, I have comfort indeed! Funny Farmers, i'm glad right along with you! It's nice to know where the babies are.

Kea said...

This was so beautiful it made our mom cry.

We're glad your kittens have been found, Tia, and that they are being well cared for and loved.

*Kitty kisses* to you!

The Meowers from Missouri said...

oh, tia! we are so happy that you are happy now! our mama's eyes leaked, too, but she sez that it is okay, they are just happy leaks, which are totally unlike the leaks that make our daddy swear and crawl under the house.

we had nefur heard of ghost kittens, but it all makes complete sense; how good to know if you can't nurture your babies that someone kind an' lovin' will keep them safe an' help them grow up. bless you, sweetie!!

*nosekisses* from alla the meowers, and a soft, soft, pet from mom.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Tia darling I have been here to see you. I was your second commenter.

If I have your ghost kittens, I will care for them dearly as they deserve..just for you, precious one.

Tia said...

Wow, I like soft, soft pets. Will she scratch me too?

Human_Grandma said...

Tia, I don't suppose your human has told you about me, but she's my kitten, which I guess makes me your human grandma. She had three sibling cats when she was young, but in those days she thought humans were better than cats and refused to relate to them as sisters and brother. Now she's all grown up and knows better.

I'm sorry if this hurts, but I'm not ready to be a great grandma yet, so I guess I was a bit relieved about the ghost kittens. But I'll have got my head around the idea by the time you have your flesh and blood babies, which will hopefully be very soon. I might even adopt one of them...

Love and kisses from HG