When one woman saw a cat with a little puppy in her mouth, she immediately thought the worst. However, as she watched, she realized that the animal was stealing the baby and taking it home. What’s more, the reason was completely heartwarming.
In Mayesville, South Carolina, a group of neighbors had grown concerned about a local cat. Moreover, it seemed that they had good reason to be worried. That’s because, each day, the cat would run across the trailer park in which she lived and grab a puppy with her teeth.
“We came home one night and there were five puppies missing,” the dogs’ worried owner, Missy Grant, told It’s a Miracle in 2001. “I said, ‘Where did five puppies go?’ I was hunting them, and then my neighbor said she saw Miss Kitty stealing them.”
Indeed, while their mother wasn’t looking, the cat had snatched the puppies away from their home and dragged them into her trailer. Now hidden from public view, no one knew just what she was doing with the innocent little lives. However, things were not as they seemed.
Miss Kitty the cat and her canine neighbor, Smoochy, had lived together for some time. However, they largely kept themselves to themselves and didn’t mix with one another. Nonetheless, one day their lives interweaved.
The owners of Miss Kitty had discovered the ginger cat was pregnant. So, they helped to prepare her for becoming a mother. In the end, the fluffy cat couldn’t wait to welcome her kittens to the world.
However, that’s when disaster struck. In fact, after she gave birth Miss Kitty sadly lost every one of her kittens. As you’d expect, the traumatic ordeal left the cat completely distraught.
Of course, it isn’t unusual for cats to lose a small percentage of their litter. Furthermore, for first-time moms such as Miss Kitty, kitten mortality rates are even higher. There are a number of reasons why kittens might not survive.
Nevertheless, her babies’ deaths shattered Miss Kitty’s world. She was completely lost in her grief and her maternal instincts had already kicked in. Now, her sole purpose in life was to be a mom. Unfortunately, fate had had other ideas.
Nonetheless, something incredible was about to happen. Around the same time as Miss Kitty’s kittens died, Smoochy gave birth to a litter of adorable Cocker Spaniel puppies. However, much to Miss Kitty’s dismay, the dog had no interest in her babies.
“Smoochy didn’t want anything to do with the puppies at all,” Miss Kitty and Smoochy’s owner, Ryan Grant, told It’s a Miracle. “They would be lying around at Smoochy’s house outside. She would just drag [them] around with a chain and pay [them] no attention. Even their whines didn’t mean anything to her.”
As with cats, it’s not uncommon for dogs to reject their litters. Moreover, there are many reasons they may do so, from puppies being too weak to a mother being too inexperienced. In addition, dogs might simply decide they have given birth to more puppies than they can look after.
Whatever Smoochy’s reasons, she wanted nothing to do with her little ones. However, thankfully the puppies had an adoptive mother waiting in the wings. Indeed, noticing what was going on, Miss Kitty decided to take matters into her own paws.
That’s when she began “stealing” the puppies. However, her intentions were far from sinister. Instead, she would take them somewhere quiet and nurse them. Thanks to her and her leftover milk, the little dogs received all the nutrients they needed.
What’s more, this isn’t the first time that cats have been known to nurse baby dogs. In fact, one shelter in LaGrange, Georgia, has used cats that have recently given birth to feed orphaned puppies. “Since the two cats just had litters, they’re able to nurse,” shelter supervisor Chris Bussy told The Huffington Post in 2016. “It’s like a motherly instinct.”
The Grants’ neighbor, Linda Blackwell, admitted the whole set up was “odd.” However, she added that the cat was simply fulfilling her motherly duties. “The mom don’t see the kids too much so the cat took over,” she said.
Moreover, Smoochy was happy to step aside and let Miss Kitty take over. In fact, the pooch had somewhat of a naughty side. As a result, her owners had to tie her up in order to stop her from getting herself into mischief.
So, for the time being, everything worked out well. Nevertheless, their owners couldn’t help wondering how the puppies would react when they opened their eyes to discover their mom was a cat. It was their hope that the bond would disprove that cats and dogs are natural enemies once and for all.
What’s more, Miss Kitty’s good deeds didn’t end there. After seeing the cat and her adoptive pups on television, one viewer got in touch about two abandoned kittens. As a result, Kitty’s owner agreed to take them on so that the cat could feed them too.
So, although Miss Kitty missed out on caring for her own litter, she still became a mom in the end. If it wasn’t for her intervention, there’s no way of knowing if the puppies would have survived. Indeed, not only did Miss Kitty give them food – but in some ways, she also gave them life as well.