Wife meets stray mom cat and they become the cutest pals

Lauren Maners has always loved raising animals, but as she prepared to give birth to her daughter, Kylie, she decided she was going to take a break for a while.

“I had a long history in fostering and rehabilitating animals, but when I got to the end of my pregnancy, I decided it was time to take a break from it all, because the animals I I was feeding/rehabilitating were usually sick and needed a lot of care, which I wouldn’t have time for once the baby arrived,” Maners said.

She was firm in her decision-until she met Dove.

The same morning Maners made her “no more foster care for now” decision, she and her husband were driving home from breakfast when they spotted an injured cat in an empty parking lot on the side of the road. She immediately asked her husband to stop by to check if the cat was OK, and that’s when she realized that in addition to being injured, the cat was also pregnant .

“I knew she was in bad shape and I also felt a kind of connection with her because we were both very pregnant,” Maners said. “I managed to catch her by luring her to me with our leftover food and wrapping her in my jacket, and we took her to the vet.”

After being treated at the vet, the couple brought the cat, later named Dove, home and settled her in and made her comfortable. They asked around to see if she had any family looking for her, and instead found out from locals that she had been a wanderer for most of her life. Maners decided to break his own rule and favor his pregnant mom and future kittens, and ultimately help them all find the perfect forever homes.

It didn’t take long for Dove to get comfortable in her new home, and it was clear that this was where she was supposed to have her babies. The two expectant moms bonded quickly and loved spending time together during the final weeks of their pregnancy.

“She followed me everywhere I went, and loved to sit outside with me in the morning in our fenced-in area and let me rub her belly while we had breakfast together,” Maners said.

Finally, it was time for Maners to welcome her daughter, Kylie, into the world — and when she came home from the hospital, she found that Dove had given birth to her babies too.

“They were most likely born at the same time,” Maners said.

Dove had six adorable little kittens, and Maners couldn’t forget how special it was that they gave birth at the same time. As the kittens grew, so did Kylie, and both moms’ babies were able to play together as they grew and discovered the world.

“When my daughter was 5 weeks old, she started noticing the kittens when I carried her there with them to help me feed them and give them attention,” Maners said. “The kittens were also very curious about my daughter.”

After months of fostering the sweet little family, Maners and his family have found the seven best forever homes. While they’re sad they can’t keep any of them, neither of them are very far away, so Maners and Kylie can still see their best friends from time to time.

“Luckily the mother cat went to live with a friend of mine so I’m still able to get updates on her, and several of the babies have gone to people I know as well, so I even been able to visit them,” Maners said.

Maners went from a “no more foster care during pregnancy” rule to fostering a pregnant mom and giving birth at the same time as her, and neither she nor her daughter, Kylie, would trade that experience for anything.

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