Last year, a pregnant woman took in a pregnant cat, and the two shared a bond — eventually giving birth at the same time!
Lauren Maners is a person who loves animals, and often volunteers to foster shelter animals in need of love. But when she was pregnant last year, she decided to take a break from caring for pets to focus on her baby.
But fate had other plans when months into her pregnancy, Lauren and her husband Kainan found a stray white female cat on the side of the road, “extremely skinny and injured”. The couple then named the cat Dove
Dove had reportedly been eating out of dumpsters and also pregnant. Unable to find Dove’s owner or secure a place in a no-kill shelter, Lauren knew she couldn’t turn away a fellow expectant mother, and took her in.
Lauren said: “I couldn’t just leave her knowing that she was going to have to take care of her babies in the wild,”
“I knew that she was in bad shape and also felt a sort of connection to her due to us both being very pregnant,”
“I managed to catch her by luring her up to me with our leftover food and wrapping her in my jacket, and we brought her to the vet.”
Lauren committed to fostering Dove and her future litter of kittens, and the former stray quickly made herself at home.
Lauren added: “She would follow me around everywhere I went, and loved sitting outside with me in the mornings in our fenced-in area and letting me rub her belly while we ate breakfast together,”
And in return for taking good care of the cat, Lauren got a sweet companion with whom she could share a real motherly connection. She and the cats were going through the same experience together, and on social media, Lauren joked that they formed an exclusive “Pregnant Girls Club.”.
She told: “I and Dove had an instant bond,”
“It was like she also knew that I was pregnant and that I was a friend. She was not instantly trusting of my husband the way she was of me.”
Weeks went by, and soon both pregnant ladies were preparing to give birth — and it turned out their due dates were very close.
The day finally came, and Lauren gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Kylie.
And after returning from the hospital, she discovered even more good news — and an amazing coincidence: Dove had also given birth!
While she’s not sure exactly what time Dove had her six kittens, she suspects the cat’s birth aligned pretty closely with her own: “They were very possibly born at the same time,”
Lauren continued to foster the cat family while caring for her newborn baby, and she continued to share a bond with Dove on their motherhood journey. She even says that baby Kylie started to bond with the kittens.
After months of fostering, it became time to find home for all the cats. Lauren helped all the kittens get adopted into good homes, and she told that Dove was taken in by a friend of hers, so she can still keep in touch.
While caring for this pregnant cat during her pregnancy was an amazing experience, Lauren also emphasized that it isn’t something you should try to emulate: it’s important to spay and neuter your cats to help reduce the stray cat population.
Source: The Dodo, Bored Panda, theanimalclub.net
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