We've lived at our house for quite a few years and have never come across a stray cat. Then one night while my husband and I were relaxing in our hot tub outside, we heard a very soft "meow". We turned down the music we were playing and continued to hear it. A very soft, sweet sounding voice.
Her voice was like an angel. A very soft, innocent meow. We then saw her. A sweet, innocent little cat. Very skinny and all alone. She presented herself in our backyard.
At first we just watched her, trying not to frighten her. We kept our distance. She proceeded to come back for a few nights as we were in the hot tub listening to music. We think she was drawn to the music; alternative rock (Pop Rocks) on Sirius. She would come up to us in the hot tub and allow us to pet her after a few nights.
Brian, my husband, knew he should do something. We checked Nextdoor, Craigslist, and asked around. No one was missing a cat. He wanted to start feeding her.
We bought a little table to put cat food on so our dog, Wiki, couldn't get it when he went outside. We put cat food in a bowl on the table for her at night when she came around. This lasted a few nights until Brian decided he wanted to adopt her. After hesitation from me, we decided to... She kinda adopted us.
We got another litter box and made up the bathroom in our downstairs for her with a bed and some toys to keep her away from our other cat and dog.
On a Tuesday night, when she came around, she circled us a few times. We weren't in the hot tub but instead outside. Brian grabbed her and brought her inside. We gave her treats, food, and water.
She was very skittish, and still is, but she got used to us. We would go down and visit her a few times a day and always wash our hands after we touched her. We got her a vet appointment the Friday after we brought her in.
We found out she was a girl, had no chip, looked healthy, and appeared to be around six months old. We didn't (and neither did the vet) know she was pregnant.
Once we got a clean bill of health back from the vet (i.e. no worms or other diseases), we decided to introduce her to our "society." Her and our older, cantankerous cat, size_t still don't get along well. She only met Wiki once and is afraid to go upstairs because of him.
After a few weeks we noticed she started to get heavier. We hoped it was just because she was eating regularly but it turned out she was pregnant. She proceeded to get really large. We took her to the vet where they did an ultrasound and found she had at least four kittens in there.
She's a smaller cat so we were worried for her. We set up a birthing box for her but she didn't take to it after she found size_t laying it in one day.
She got to be really big and ready to give birth. We went down to Silver Spring one day and when we got back we found blood on the floor. She gave birth under our cabinet. We cleaned up the blood, we quarenteened size_t away from her, and set up her box in a new place. I moved the kittens very carefully to a cleaner, safer spot.
She and her six kittens have been there ever since. She did try to move them once but we blocked it. We baracaded it so only she could get in and out. Hopefully, she feels safe nursing and raising her kittens there. We intend to move her to her own room once the kittens are big enough and start to move around.