Willow

On July 17th, my kitty Willow gave birth to seven healthy, beautiful kittens. She is a great mom and took awesome care of them all. On the morning of August 1st, I was cuddling Willow, but I had to go out. When I came back home that afternoon, Willow was nowhere to be found. Right away I felt strange about the situation because Willow was always with her kittens, and never wandered at all. She would only go outside to do her business and come right back inside afterwards. I searched around the house, inside and outside, and walked around the neighbourhood all night to listen if she may have got trapped in someone's garage or shed. At this point, her kittens were only two weeks and one day old. They were starting to cry because they were hungry, so we had to make do with what we had and syringe feed them. 


The next morning, I sent some information about Willow and some photos to a group on Facebook called "Lost & Found Pets Innisfil & Barrie Ontario", a great group for lost pets in the area. The owner of the page created a missing poster for her, and posted it for all the members to see. Many of the members shared her poster to their own personal Facebook profiles and spread it around, while I hung actual posters around on mailboxes. I also got many encouraging words and advice from many different people. 

That day, my sister and I went and bought kitten formula and a nursing kit. We began feeding each of her seven kittens every three hours, bathing them, and helping them go to the bathroom. Thankfully, we are on summer holidays from high school, so we had plenty of time on our hands to take on the role of mother cat. As a few days went by, we continued to take care of the kittens and look for their mother. 

During the afternoon of August 5th, I got a call from the owner of the lost pets group on Facebook saying that someone had posted a photo of a cat that looked like my cat, Willow. I logged on and she directed me to where I could find the photo, and sure enough, it was her! I contacted Linda (one of Furry Friends' volunteers and the kind woman that found my Willow), and we arranged for her to be picked up. She was approximately 3.5 km away (according to Google Maps' calculations). 

That evening, we picked her up from Linda, and Willow was very happy to be reunited with her kittens. My sister and I continue to bottle feed the babies as well as letting them nurse, just because Willow isn't producing as much milk as she was, but her kittens are still extremely happy to have her back, and so is her human family. 

I'd like to thank "Lost & Found Pets Innisfil & Barrie Ontario" and all the members, for helping us spread the word when she was missing and sending encouraging words, Linda from Furry Friends for reuniting Willow with our family & her babies, Neal for his helpful advice about kitten care, and Furry Friends who will be helping to arrange for Willow's appointment to be spayed once her babies are weaned and in their forever homes!

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