Date:October 25, 2020

‘My Colleague Brought A Pregnant Stray Cat Into Our Office, Now The Family Of Nine Has Their Own Meeting Room’

‘Yvonne was on the way to work when she met a heavily pregnant stray cat. The cat was friendly and sat outside the office building meowing at people who walked in. She was thin and looked very young, and immediately rubbed her face on anyone who gave her attention. Luckily, our office Holmes&Marchant Shanghai had a bunch of cat ladies ready to give the pregnant mama some TLC to get her ready for her delivery date.’

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The pregnant kitty was meowing for attention. “It’s like she was asking for help for her babies and herself,” Yvonne said

Most cats are, by nature, inclined to roam the area surrounding their home. You’re likely to come across a stray cat on your travels, although it might be tricky to find out whether it is a stray cat, a feral, or is in fact an owned cat with a sense of adventure. So what should you do if you’ve found a cat?

Before you do anything, it is important to assess whether the cat you’ve found is a stray, a feral or an owned cat. If they appear well-groomed and are a healthy weight, they may have an owner nearby.

Ferals behave like wild animals and won’t come close, even with encouragement. Stray cats might look lost and disorientated, but may be friendly if given time.

We took her to our office and called her Boba because she was so round!

We placed her in a spare meeting room, where we prepared her a litter box, cushy bedding, and all the food (dry, canned tuna, fresh fish, milk) she could want

What to do if you find a pregnant cat

Think you’ve found a pregnant cat or a cat with kittens and wondering what to do next? Follow our step-by-step guide.

  • Check the cat’s tummy, carefully and without startling them (or touching their tummy) – if the mammary glands appear more prominent, the cat may be still nursing her young
  • Take the cat to the vet by safely wrapping them in a blanket or putting them in a cardboard box. The vet will be able to scan for a microchip, which is vital in locating an owner and may also lead to finding the location of any kittens
  • If safe to do so, go back to the area where the cat was found and have a look around the area for any signs of kittens. Check under bushes and shrubs, and listen out for their cries
  • If you’re unsuccessful in locating an owner and kittens, you might want to put up posters locally and post on social media letting people know that there may be a litter of kittens somewhere. In the post, remind people to check their gardens and any outbuildings, as well as asking the owner to get in contact

Boba in our office, waiting to deliver her babies. She was very friendly to everyone and seemed content that she had a safe place to give birth

There was a storm one night. When we came to work the next day, we found D-Day had arrived! Boba gave birth to eight kittens

If the found cat is friendly, you might be able to check for an identification tag – if it belongs to someone, give them a call and let them know. You can take the cat to your nearest vet to scan for a microchip or call your local Cats Protection branch for help.

It is also a good idea to advertise the cat you’ve found using flyers or social media sites, or use our paper collars.

Newborn kittens—just a few hours old

Boba was exhausted but fed and cleaned her babies: four boys and four girls!

For a young mom, Boba was so responsible and amazing!

The babies were all small and we couldn’t tell them apart at first

There were two gingers, one calico, and five tabbies

A cuddle pile of kittens

Here they are taking their afternoon nap, not knowing they had an army of cat ladies watching over them

This is 奶盖 or Milk Topping! She was one of the roundest and drank the most milk. Also, the one who posed the best for cameras

The kitties soon discovered their tiny paws… this is 珍珠 or Pearl

…and tried stretching!

After two weeks, one by one, they slowly opened their eyes! This is 去冰 (No Ice), one of the smallest in the litter but also one of the sweetest

This is 仙草 or Grass Jelly, the absolute biggest of the bunch!

Here are Pudding and Milk Topping, the two gingers

This is Oolong, the tabby/tuxedo

Milk Topping showing off her round bum

The full gang! At three weeks old, everyone had their eyes open and were so soft and round

Boba’s babies looking like they’re about to drop an album

At three weeks, they started to eat on their own

Even though they were growing, they still loved cuddle time with mama

At four weeks, they learned to use the litter box!

They loved lying on their fuzzy bedding

At one-month-old, the kitties still loved to cuddle with each other

Some of them getting quite sassy, meet 黑糖 or Black Sugar!

This is 燕麦 or Oat, one of the energetic and silly ones

Eight babies all cuddly

When the kitties hit one month, we moved them to a bigger meeting room so they could all move freely

One big family! Our officemates come to this room to visit the kitties or try to get some work done, no matter how impossible it is!

Boba still being such a good mom. We are going to spay Boba and find great adopters for all the little ones. We hope someone adopts Boba together with one of her babies. For now, they are still enjoying their new little family, and everyone in the office is so lucky!