Journal Entry: Fri Apr 5, 2013, 1:08 PM
Its so strange! And yet so endearing. Skittles, my sweet and precious cat who I love like my own son, is acting like such a father to four kittens.
As some of you know, a neighborhood female named Twilight had kittens awhile back. When they were first born skittles seemed interested, but didn't do much. He would, however, stay around like he was on guard duty. He was protective, let Twilight on his territory, and seemed oddly...concerned. I had never heard of a male taking care of another cat's kittens.
They cannot possibly be Skittles kittens, he was fixed, although he is an outside cat. At least we were TOLD he was fixed since we got him from a shelter.
As the kittens got older and big enough, the mother has started hissing, driving them away and letting them know its time to move on. So they moved into our yard. But now...Skittles is still protecting them. o-o To the point of chasing the MOTHER off so that the kittens can come out! She keeps hissing and batting at them, but he's always jumping in and ushering her away. He is a biiiig cat. A mini panther me and my mom like to call him.
At first I thought he was just tolerating them, but I sat outside with Loki (one of the six kittens that were born, two were adopted, four are left. Loki is the most affectionate and bold of them all, the others are still somewhat feral.) and loved on him for a bit when Skittles decided he wanted to lay off to the side with us. Next thing I know Loki is inching close and closer, and suddenly lays really close to skittles.
Now skittles doesn't normally tolerate other outside cats. He will tolerate our two indoor cats and not raise a paw, he will walk away from a fight, but outside he wants to be left alone. Outside is HIS world and kingdom. But little Loki just loves his company and loves to stay near him. Even Bowtie, one of the other kittens with a prominent white-mark on his chest, came forward to be near Skittles. The other two...are far too shy and skittish.
Anyway, as they got closer Loki made it clear he wanted to play. Skittles actually responded in turn, playful banter, ears flicked forward, bouncing around. It was adorable. I had never seen him play before. He has tried to get our house-cat girls to play, but they just hiss and spit and run off.
Skittles seems to have found and adopted a family and taken these kittens under his wing. When he's done eating he lets them eat. He is most tolerant of Loki, however, who is...surprisingly a male. The way skittles plays with them, lets them lay near and around him, and chases off the mother when she tries to chase THEM off....I've never seen or heard about anything like this from a MALE cat.
All the cats are fixed now, including Mama, so no worries there. Still, this just makes me love Skittles even more. He's got such an affectionate and soft heart. The way he cares for these growing young-uns is adorable. =u= <333
I love my cat so much, but gosh this behavior baffles me! All the cats I have seen chase off potential 'rivals' for food, or want nothing to do with young ones. They all try to establish territory. Once in awhile I do see groups of stray cats caring for each other. I find everything happening in my yard positively fascinating. o3o
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