Left to right, Rosa and Daniel meet PITA, Luna and Flower, Luna and Stanley
Two kittens have become "hard to find" and another 12 week old was killed by something yesterday. Somehow I think a wild animal would have carried off the kill, unless it was a bobcat who is protecting their domain.
Yesterday morning I noticed several of the cat-house/cave colony were up a tree. That registered in the brain but I did not see any other signs of turmoil so it went on the back burner.
I noticed that two kittens were unaccounted for but that was not unusual if they were sleeping in. But early in the afternoon PITA our 4 year old drop-off dog tenderly brought a young female up to our patio and laid her down.
There were no signs of being eaten but there were some puncture wounds. Some of you might think of PITA being the culprit but she is very transparent when she has done something wrong and she showed no signs of guilt or remorse, just sadness at having to deliver her to us.
Plus, we have NEVER seen her e seriously aggressive toward any cat except for one who clawed her and that was a snap, not an outright chase. As you can see from the picture, (and we have others like this) she is always curious and if "nosing" a cat will kill it, then she could be guilty, but I don't think so.
That is when I did a more thorough search for the other kittens and as of this moment, I have not found them. I was out for two hours this morning, starting at 5:00 a.m. to see if anyone returned to the scene, but nothing.
We have 12+ in the garage between the ages of 5 to 12 weeks. 7 are accustomed to being handled by us, all use the litter box (oh boy, do they use the litter box) and as you might expect, all are eating on their own (although Rosa would LOVE to be able to nuzzle her mother again).
Several older females who I know are NOT the Momma are letting them cuddle at night now that the weather has cooled. Cats are such fascinating animals to observe and they all have their own personality.
I can describe that personality of each in the pictures in case you are interested. We have Siamese looking, red, blacks, dark calico, pale calico, long hair and short hair. ;-)