Seeing God in a Basket

A couple of months ago, our cat (kitten, really) got outside and was gone overnight . We had not yet had a chance to have her spayed and were concerned that we would end up with a litter of kittens. We confirmed her pregnancy one day when she rolled over to have her tummy rubbed.

As her discomfort progressed and her “talking” increased, we knew that it was imminent and we found ourselves looking forward to, hopefully, getting to experience the birth of the kittens.


In spite of the basket we had prepared for her, yesterday she decided to birth under my daughter’s bed.


She had already had 3 by the time we realized she was missing.


6 hours later, she had delivered 6 kittens (only one didn’t make it) and had managed to get them and herself all cleaned up and relaxing.


The only drama was when this orange one was delivered. We think she must have delivered the first three so quickly and couldn’t keep up with all that was required. The orange one was still in its sac and she had moved on to delivering and cleaning a different one. My dad removed the sac and I cut the cord after it was apparent that at that moment she had no interest or ability to work on it at that time.


But she soon took to it and was nursing them all.


She is a good mama. And watching her maternal instinct kick in and the care and gentleness she shows her little ones softens my heart to all of the ugliness in the world around me.


Once again, I am reminded that there is hope and that life is a gift.



One year ago, today, I was writing about Capturing Motherhood in a Photo.

Two years ago, today, I was wondering What More Could We Possibly Need.

And three years ago, today, I must have been doing something really cool, like spending the day at the spa. Or changing diapers.


  1. http://Lori says

    Oh my goodness I would not be able to tear myself away!!

  2. http://Sarcastic%20Mom%20(aka%20Lotus) says

    As a kid, we had kitten litters frequently at my house. I always realllllly loved that. They are so precious and tiny. Lovely photos, Karla!

  3. http://Cupcake%20Dessert says

    so sweet!! i love little baby animals!! i hope they all continue to do well!!

  4. http://Tanna%20Clark says

    Oh, how cute!! Kittens are so fun to snuggle.

  5. http://Megan%20(FriedOkra) says

    Oh, they are BEAUTIFUL. The orange ones are my favorites. Well done, Mama Kitty. Sleep when they sleep, okay?

  6. http://Jeni says

    They’re precious!! The first litter of kittens we had was when I was a kid – my cat crawled into my bed, under the blankets, WHILE I WAS SLEEPING, and had two before I woke up!

    It was a little messy. But exciting!

  7. http://Lyle%20Robinson says

    Hi Karla and thanks for an outstanding entry. My cat has been fixed so no kitties I’m afraid, but it would be cool to experience the gift of birth. Maybe one day with another cat. Thanks again for sharing such a heartwarming post. Take care and all the best.


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