Re: Mom and her kittens
I kinda got Shadow that way, too. She was very pregnant and walked right up to me the first time I saw her at the back of our property, next to a shed I would put catfood under. She let me pick her up and I called to my husband to look as I showed him her belly and he told me I better get her in the house before she birthed outside.
I went in to prepare the bathroom and when I came out she was gone, but I left the bathroom set up. She was there again the next morning and let me put her in a cat carrier I carried down to the shed and brought her up to the house. 10dys later she gave birth to 5 black and b/w kittens. Then, about 3wks later she allowed me to put an *orphaned* litter of 5 on her several times a day for two days, just enough time for me to get the orphans transferred to KMR bottle feedings. I think she is a hero!
Shadow's kittens and the orphaned litter went to the Cat Rescue Adoption Center and after Shadow healed from her spay surgery, she went to the CRAC weekend event, but she didn't do well at all. She was scared and hid the entire time, even though she was an adorable and friendly cat. When I picked her up at the end of the weekend, she ran to the front of the display cage, pressing her face against the bars with her paws reaching for me while she meowed at me. When I told my husband about it, we decided to just keep her.
Like your skinny-minnie-mamma-kitty, I think my Shadow was a former pet that was dumped off and abandoned because she was pregnant. So I'm glad she found us and I'm glad your skinny-minnie found you guys, too.