June 25, 2007 11:15am CST
I picked up our orange cat when I went to pick up our little Shih Tzu. He was being a nuisance to the people who owned the dog shelter. They didn't take in cats but this one kept coming around and, of course, they would feed it. I had just lost my 15 year old cat to pneumonia and when I met this orange one; well, he was so much like the one I had just lost, I had to bring him home. My husband also fell in love with him. We also had a viable female, a solid black one. When she came into heat, our orange, who had been neutered, wanted her. Well, she became pregnant, and when the babies were born, they were marbled, black, and orange. We then began to wonder if our orange pound cat had actually been neutered. We took him to the vet, the vet said he was definitely neutered. When the kittens were about a month to two months old, he treated them as if they were his own. We have since lost their mother, but our orange male cat still treats the now adult kittens as his own. He has always licked them and frolicked with them as if they were his babies. We will never know if he had ever had babies of his own or maybe he just wish he had or maybe he just loves all kittens.
25 Jun 07
That's so sweet :) My inlaws apparently owned a male black and white cat who was incredibly fond of his children. He wasn't neutered and they weren't completely sure they were his, but he really did treat them like they were. He was actually nicer to them than their own mother was. He passed away before I became part of the family, but stories about his devotion to the kittens have always been told. Once one of the female kittens, a black and white one like himself, got a dreadful fright and jumped over a large wall in panic. She hurt her leg and couldn't get back over the wall (plus she was still so small and the wall was huge), so he went after her and brought her back safe and sound.