All mothers have motherly instincts.
Even if you’re a four-legged mom.
A stray cat name Salami’s motherly instincts kicked when she knew she was about to give birth and had to get to a place to do so.
So, Salami decided to hunker down in the one place in the neighborhood where she felt safe.
She has been visiting Ida Floreak’s house for a little under a year.
She started stopping by after she noticed Floreak’s cat sitting on their backyard stoop. She developed a bit of crush on Floreak’s cat and started coming by to see him frequently.
“She came by and she really liked him,” Floreak, a New Orleans painter, told The Dodo. “They’d sniff around each other and she was more interested in him than he was in her. It was definitely clear that she was here to see him — which was sweet.”
Floreak started to feed her new visitor and Salami pretty much became a regular after that.
Salami would meow at Floreak’s door every morning to be fed.
But she was still wary of Floreak and didn’t allow her to get close.
After a while, Floreak noticed that Salami’s belly was getting bigger.
But it wasn’t because Floreak was feeding her.
It’s because she was pregnant.
“My goal was to be able to take her in to be fixed and vaccinated,” Floreak said. “But before she was comfortable enough for that, she was visibly pregnant.”
Salami started visiting Floreak’s home more and more while she was pregnant.
She even started warming up to Floreak more, allowing her to pet and brush her.
Floreak knew something was up the morning in April when Salami came by much earlier than usual.
“She came by at 5 and was squeaking very insistently in a way that seemed out of character,” Floreak said.
Salami knew that it was time to have her babies.
“So I let her in and she started to have her babies around 8 or 9 in the morning. I was surprised because I kind of figured when she had them I wouldn’t see her for a couple of weeks.”
Floreak put some blankets out in her bedroom and made a quiet and cozy area where Salami could have her babies. Salami soon gave birth to two kittens. She seemed to have calmed down for a while so Floreak assumed that she was done delivering her babies.
She found out that this wasn’t the case soon thereafter. She was on a Zoom call with friends when Salami started popping out more babies. She ended up having a total of four kittens.
“I was super nervous never having seen or done anything like this before,” Floreak said.
“But to watch her, it was clear she just knew exactly what to do. It was a really intense experience.”
Floreak has taken care of Salami and her kittens for the last few months since during quarantine.
“She’s an amazing mom,” Floreak said of Salami. “She’s super attentive and sweet.”
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While Floreak’s cat has been dealing with the situation. He’s glad the kittens will soon be out of the house. He still gets along with Salami, but the kittens are a bit much for him.
“He kind of misses having the run of the house, and isn’t really used to the kittens,” Floreak said.
Thankfully, Floreak was able to find permanent homes for all of Salami’s kittens and has decided to keep Salami as a permanent member of her household.
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