Yvonne was on the way to work when she met a heavily pregnant stray cat. The cat was friendly and sat outside the office building meowing at people who walked in. She was thin and looked very young, and immediately rubbed her face on anyone who gave her attention. Luckily, our office Holmes&Marchant Shanghai had a bunch of cat ladies ready to give the pregnant mama some TLC to get her ready for her delivery date.
The pregnant kitty was meowing for attention. “It’s like she was asking for help for her babies and herself,” Yvonne said
We took her to our office and called her Boba because she was so round!
We placed her in a spare meeting room, where we prepared her a litter box, cushy bedding, and all the food (dry, canned tuna, fresh fish, milk) she could want
Boba in our office, waiting to deliver her babies. She was very friendly to everyone and seemed content that she had a safe place to give birth
There was a storm one night. When we came to work the next day, we found D-Day had arrived! Boba gave birth to eight kittens
Newborn kittens—just a few hours old
Boba was exhausted but fed and cleaned her babies: four boys and four girls!
For a young mom, Boba was so responsible and amazing!
The babies were all small and we couldn’t tell them apart at first
There were two gingers, one calico, and five tabbies
A cuddle pile of kittens
Here they are taking their afternoon nap, not knowing they had an army of cat ladies watching over them
This is 奶盖 or Milk Topping! She was one of the roundest and drank the most milk. Also, the one who posed the best for cameras
The kitties soon discovered their tiny paws… this is 珍珠 or Pearl
…and tried stretching!
After two weeks, one by one, they slowly opened their eyes! This is 去冰 (No Ice), one of the smallest in the litter but also one of the sweetest
This is 仙草 or Grass Jelly, the absolute biggest of the bunch!
Here are Pudding and Milk Topping, the two gingers
This is Oolong, the tabby/tuxedo
Milk Topping showing off her round bum
The full gang! At three weeks old, everyone had their eyes open and were so soft and round
Boba’s babies looking like they’re about to drop an album
At three weeks, they started to eat on their own
Even though they were growing, they still loved cuddle time with mama
At four weeks, they learned to use the litter box!
They loved lying on their fuzzy bedding
At one month old, the kitties still loved to cuddle with each other
Some of them getting quite sassy, meet 黑糖 or Black Sugar!
This is 燕麦 or Oat, one of the energetic and silly ones
Eight babies all cuddly
When the kitties hit one month, we moved them to a bigger meeting room so they could all move freely
One big family! Our officemates come to this room to visit the kitties or try to get some work done, no matter how impossible it is!
Boba still being such a good mom. We are going to spay Boba and find great adopters for all the little ones. We hope someone adopts Boba together with one of her babies. For now, they are still enjoying their new little family, and everyone in the office is so lucky!