Asking for help can be sᴄᴀʀʏ, but as a mother, there’s nothing you wouldn’t do to keep your babies safe. That’s something this sᴛʀᴀʏ kitty realized after getting ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ and getting ready to ɢɪᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ. The black cat had been living as a sᴛʀᴀʏ for a long time, but when she was about to become a mother, she knew that she didn’t want her kittens to grow up on the streets. Luckily, she knew exactly where to turn to.
About a year ago, a sᴛʀᴀʏ cat started hanging around Ida Floreak’s house. Floreak had a kitty of her own, and she soon realized that it was her kitty that was drawing the sᴛʀᴀʏ to her backyard. She said: “She came by and she really liked him. They’d sɴɪꜰꜰ around each other and she was more interested in him than he was in her. It was definitely clear that she was here to see him — which was sweet.” The black sᴛʀᴀʏ, who Floreak nicknamed Salami, was visibly ᴇɴᴀᴍᴏᴜʀᴇᴅ by Floreak’s kitty. And Salami didn’t seem to care that the house cat clearly wasn’t as interested in her as she was in him – she just kept coming back to the yard to say hi anyway.
When Floreak began putting out food for Salami, the sweet sᴛʀᴀʏ started visiting the house every day. Each morning she would announce her presence by meowing outside the door and happily accept the day’s meal. After some time, Floreak noticed that Salami was starting to get rounder. And it wasn’t just a result of the free food she was receiving – Salami was clearly ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ.
Ever since Salmi started hanging around the backyard, Floreak had tried to win the cat’s trust and attempted to get close enough to the skittish cat to catch her and bring her to the ᴠᴇᴛ. She wanted to get Salami sᴘᴀʏᴇᴅ and ᴠᴀᴄᴄɪɴᴀᴛᴇᴅ, but though Salami appreciated all the free food she was getting, she still kept her distance and would not let Floreak get close enough to grab her. And then, Salami fell ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ. But the ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ seemed to cause a shift in Salami’s and Floreak’s relationship. Salami slowly grew more comfortable around Floreak and started spending even more time around the house. She even let Floreak pet and brush her. Then, when Salami sensed that she was about to go into ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ, the little cat realized that there was only one place she wanted to go. Only one place where she felt safe. Only one place where she knew that her kittens would be safe.
And so, one morning, Floreak was awoken at 5 AM by Salami’s insistent meows. Floreak said: “I let her in and she started to have her babies around 8 or 9 in the morning. I was surprised because I kind of figured when she had them I wouldn’t see her for a couple of weeks.” Just a couple hours after being let into the house, Salami went into ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ and ɢᴀᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ to four beautiful kittens. Floreak is deeply impressed by the little mama cat. Not only was she calm and confident during the birth, but she’s been an incredibly doting and affectionate mother. Now, the kittens are growing, thriving, and turning into beautiful little cats. They’re growing up under the loving care of Floreak and Salami, and have everything they need to grow up safe, happy, and healthy.