Charles and Caroline were two rescued cats that were brought on a shelter in Alabama. When shelter representatives discovered the tuxedo was pregnant, they knew they had to get them in a foster home.
They decided to contact Robyn Anderson, a foster volunteer at Forgotten Felines of Huntsville.
Robyn said that the family who had the cats before had to relocate and due to financial constraints, couldn’t take the cats with them. Robyn, who took the cats in mid-January also stated that they knew Charles is the kittens’ father as there were only two cats in the house when Caroline got pregnant.
Caroline was really tiny when she arrived at the foster home, weighing a mere 6 pounds. She was happy to be safe and warm and snuggled next to her foster mom.
Charles joined in the foster family after a neuter surgery. He weighed almost twice the size of Caroline at 10 pounds and 12 ounces.
Caroline was a little bit shy at first when Charles came back, reeking still from the vet, but Charles was quite persistent and made sure to follow her around and not take no for an answer.
Robyn said that in a couple of days, they had rebounded and even shared food from the same plate, occasionally licking each other on the head. They even set up a birthing place for the birthing mama and took the two cats for a tour inside.
Despite Caroline being half Charles’ size, it is clear that she is the dominant one in the relationship, dictating who gets to eat first, and telling Charles to back off when he has done something she doesn’t like.
Robyn said that whenever a cat was pregnant before, there has never been a father of the mama cat nearby, so this is a new experience for all of them.
The two are quite well bonded. Charles makes sure to protect her, checks on her throughout the day, and in return, Caroline keeps him groomed and cuddles with him prior to sleep time.
Caroline’s belly had grown so much during the past few weeks that Robin is awaiting the litter any day now. Meanwhile, the mama and daddy kitten appear to be very much in love. The day before Valentine’s Day however, Robyn woke up to Charles and Caroline’s meowing cries.
He woke up, opened the door that Charles was screeching. Robyn walked out of the room, and saw the pair waiting for her at the door. Then Caroline went to her bed and began having contractions.
She was clearly in labor, Robyn said, and Charles made sure to be near here throughout the whole process.
Robyn said that Charles would peek in the bed from time to time, licking her head and making sure she is doing okay. Caroline, Robyn said, seemed to take quite comfort in the fact that Charles is showing this level of care.
When the kittens were born, Charles heard their cries and came running. Caroline was still cleaning up and recuperating, and Charles stayed nearby watching over his babies.
The kittens are of a brown shade, and Charles has many brown tabby patches, so it is pretty evident where the color came from.
Caroline is pretty busy now with five kittens to attend to. She has been showering them with purrs, licks in the head, and unconditional love.
Knowing Caroline has her paws full, Charles makes sure to check in from time to time to see if the kittens start crying. He seems to attend to her every need.