Meet Lucy and her adorable five kittens; Atticus, Matilda, Oliver, Winnie, and Leroy.
Lucy was spotted a few months ago by a woman living in Fall River, Massachusetts, wandering nearby her home. The woman suspected she'd been abandoned, so she was keeping an eye on her.
On Apr. 1 she fooled everyone and gave birth to five kittens! Lucky for Lucy, the woman found the newborns and their mother and called an IFAW staff member for help. Kayla Saccoccio came to the rescue and brought Lucy and her babies back to her home on Cape Cod.
Kayla, who already has a cat named Angelo, was looking to adopt a kitten when this opportunity came about. She couldn't say no to helping out the family.
Unfortunately for Angelo, mother cats are very protective of their young, and since Lucy had been living on the street, it's uncertain whether she's up to date on all her vaccines. Kayla is careful to keep Angelo separate from the little family.
Mother cats are generally self-sufficient independent mothers.
In fact, during the early weeks, a human foster parent's primary job is to step back and give the mama cat space to raise her babies. She will take care of nursing, as well as stimulating the babies to urinate and defecate.