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It happened on a Monday night around supper time. I went outside to care for the cat colony (you will learn more about that in the future if you follow my blog!) and saw a puddle on the back step. One of the kittens I had adopted, and was planning on bringing indoors this winter, had been looking chubby around the middle. I had guessed she was pregnant but figured she had a couple of weeks at least until she would give birth. Boy was I wrong! When I saw that puddle on the back step, I had this feeling that her water broke (even though I didn’t know the signs of cat labor haha). “Fluffy” ran over to me and climbed in my lap and I noticed her fur was wet and noticed some other signs -such as heavier breathing and what I thought were contractions (I was right!)
She climbed in a makeshift shelter we had outside (a hooded litter box lined with blankets) but with it being 100 degrees outside and the whole cat colony right there, I wanted to bring her inside. She was brought in to the cool and dark laundry room and Kassie’s dog kennel was cleaned and lined with blankets and a litter box for Fluffy to give birth in.
I actually had my camera ready to capture the whole thing, but that did NOT go as planned. Within a few minutes Fluffy shot out of the kennel and was running around the room in circles squatting and letting out these blood curdling screeches ( I am assuming it was because she was so small). I almost dropped my camera with that sound echoing off the walls and needless to say did not get that part recorded ( I am sure you will thank me haha).
The first baby was born (the one that is mostly black with white) , and I am happy to say all was calm after that. Baby number 2 (mostly white with some black spots) was born 30 minutes later! Little Fluffy had just given birth to 2 kittens sometime between 9 and 10 pm. Even though it was an animal birth, and not a human birth, it was one of the most exciting and beautiful things I have witnessed! I was so in awe of how a new mom and kitten herself, knew exactly what to do. I watched her lick her new babies to get them going, and chew off their umbilical cords and then nurse. In the days that followed I have watched her care for her little ones and cuddle them and make sure their needs are met. It was a reminder to me of how our Creator cares for us and makes sure OUR needs are met.
I often forget these things. When life gets tough I often forget that I am not alone and that I do have someone looking after me , just as Fluffy looks after her kittens. I remember getting mad at God at one point when Kassie wasn’t getting any better, despite my constant prayer and loving care. It wouldn’t be the first time I have doubted God, and I am sure it won’t be the last. However, God knew just what I needed and His timing was perfect! What a miracle and gift of hope and life I was given. God certainly works in wonderful and mysterious ways.
These 2 experiences- death, and then life, were literally an education in the circle of life for me. I couldn’t help but think of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and the song by the Byrds (which I LOVE and have found myself singing off and on in the past week )
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
It’s only been about 3 weeks since Kassie has passed, and I still feel the loss of her presence at different times- mostly in the quiet of night when I walk past the empty spot where she slept, on my way to bed. However, part of that void has been filled with the joy of life that is sleeping right underneath me…. Momma Fluffy and baby kittens-content and full of life.
(To watch videos of Fluffy and her babies, just click on my you tube channel icon at the top right corner of my website or at the top bottom corner of the website)
What Miracles have you experienced in your life? Please share your stories here! I would love to hear your miracles, be they small ones or big ones!