Soon after the kittens were born in early 2013, one of the dogs in the Louisiana household had shown a keen interest in the new arrivals. The persistent canine tried to get at the litter with every chance he got, in fact, until one day his owner decided to just let him investigate. As the mutt’s lowered muzzle closed in on the babies, though, everyone held their breath – what would the dog do next?
The determined dog is called Archer, and he belongs to Regina, a social media user who lives in Southern Louisiana. And in 2012 the keen cartoonist opened an imgur account – primarily to show off her artwork – where she is known by the screen name “oowth.” About a year after joining the image sharing community, however, oowth uploaded a photo story to imgur. And that tale – or should that be tail? – began with two cats.
But, in fact, those animals didn’t even belong to oowth. She had merely agreed to act as a foster mom after their owner had joined the U.S. Navy; oowth had made an oath to her friend that she would look after the pair while their human mom was away sailing the seven seas. Subsequently, the feline duo – Gale and Terra – were welcomed into oowth’s home and were even given their own room to boot.
Well, kind of – the creative woman had originally offered to put the cats up in her sewing room. But, as is the nature of these things, the territorial cats took over the space and claimed it as their own. Thus, the room became a home away from home for Gale and Terra.
About two weeks after the cats’ arrival, however, oowth was out and about taking care of business when she got a worrying message from home. In particular, she received a text from her roommate who had grown concerned about one of the cats. Apparently, Terra “seemed bloated.” So, oowth returned to the house to see for herself; she would later write on imgur, “[Terra] did [seem bloated], but since she was purring and not in pain, I put off taking her to the vet.”
The imgur user went on to jokily explain, “I thought maybe she was just a fat cat.” Nevertheless, oowth began to keep a closer eye on the animal around the house. But while there were no troubling developments with Terra in the short term, it was a different story the following week.
It started when oowth was woken up by some unexpected noise emanating from the sewing room. And although the mewing wasn’t an unusual sound in itself for a cat to make, Gale and Terra were usually placid and mute – so oowth decided she had to investigate. When she opened the door to the room, though, she only found the pair “chilling out” and quiet. Unnervingly, however, the mewing sound continued. A confused oowth then began to think that somehow another feline had got itself stuck in the wall cavity.
And it turned out that oowth was right: a feline was stuck. In fact, there were two. But much to her great surprise, oowth found them stuck under Terra. The cat’s swollen appearance had been due to the fact that she was heavily pregnant; the new mom had delivered two kittens in the night. But Terra wasn’t finished yet…
Indeed, as the day progressed, Terra went on to give birth to five more babies, bringing the litter total up to a lucky seven. And the new mom was totally overjoyed with her kitties, as oowth later described on imgur. “Mama cat made the loudest purrs while she was nursing them,” she wrote, adding, “She’d even knead at the air, she was so happy.” Feeling a bit overwhelmed, oowth subsequently did some online research into looking after kittens – but Terra mostly had it covered.
Indeed, the only thing Terra was unable to do was name her kittens, so oowth took the liberty. Two of the litter were male and ginger, so they were named Fred and George – possibly after the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter series. The rest of the brood were gray: there were two males, Tesla and Schrodinger, and three females, Duchess, Honey Boo-Boo and Minerva – another Potter reference?
And at first, the new feline family did not have any trouble from the household’s dogs, Archer and Zoe, who ignored them for the most part. However, as time went on, Archer, a dachshund mix, began to show an inordinate interest in the litter. This was a worry to oowth – why did Archer seem so enthusiastic to get at the kittens all of a sudden?
So dogged was Archer, in fact, that his owner began to get curious. Eventually, then, oowth decided – with her keeping a firm grip on the situation – to see what the dog would do. “I eventually let him get near [the kittens] under close supervision,” she later wrote on imgur. Much to her followers’ relief, though, the outcome was not carnage – it couldn’t have been more to the contrary. “He just licked them all over,” oowth revealed, adding, “Mama did not mind him at all.” Indeed, Archer would become much like a father to the kittens.
What’s more, as time went on, Terra grew so comfortable with the kittens’ adopted doggie daddy that she would leave them unsupervised. And, understandably, the cat mom actually seemed grateful for the break from her beloved – but no doubt overwhelming – brood. Meanwhile, daddy Archer took his responsibilities by the scruff of the neck – literally. He transported the feline furballs with him everywhere, holding them in his mouth like they were his own puppies.
“My dog would straight up kidnap the kittens [and] drag them out of the room,” oowth wrote on imgur. “[One day] I was watching TV, and [I] looked down, and he had carried two out to chill with us.” But this behavior was something oowth swiftly got used to – and it wasn’t just reserved for downstairs, either.
“He [actually] brought one into my bed,” oowth would go on to reveal. She also realized that now that the household had even more feline roomies, she had some work to do. In particular, the cat contingent really needed some creature comforts to feel properly at home in her former sewing room. Consequently, oowth added some toys and accessories to the kitty crib, including a cat tower made from a box spring.
But it wasn’t all fun and games with the furbabies – the seven new arrivals also required a lot of work day to day. “I quickly [learned] to appreciate the term ‘herding cats,’” oowth observed on imgur. “Every morning, I’d have to return them all to their room before I went to work.”
And life wasn’t all plain sailing for the kittens, either – especially not for the gray female called Honey Boo-Boo. As a consequence of some unspecified complication, the little cat suffered from eye trouble. Honey Boo-Boo ended up needing surgery, in fact – and, sadly, it was too late to save the eye.
Looking on the bright side, however, the kitten did survive. She even received a humorous and affectionate name change into the bargain. “I call her Honey Peek-A-Boo Boo now,” oowth told imgur. And from the pictures she posted on her account, it looks like all the tiny cats had a wonderful kittenhood.
Yet although oowth didn’t go on to specify exactly what happened to the kittens, it is implied that they found new homes. In one caption, for instance, oowth described one of the litter as being “the first to relocate to a new home,” hinting that the others did too. As for the rest of the animals in the house, we can only speculate.
Hopefully, then, the kittens have found loving furever homes. Maybe oowth even kept one or more of the litter; it would be a shame if that kitted-out cat room went to waste, after all. Perhaps the imgur user will one day update us…