Salami, a homeless cat, befriended a resident cat from a neighboring house, so when she needed assistance, she assumed she would be safe there. Ida Floreak, a painter from New Orleans, Louisiana (United States), began noticing a black cat in her garden on a regular basis.
The lonely cat walked around her house until she came across Bruce, Ida’s pet, and felt an instant connection.
Salami apparently liked Ida’s cat, despite the fact that she was quite timid about humans; she was ready to be friends with Bruce.
Ida stated to The Dodo:
«She arrived and loved it a lot. They scented each other, and she was more interested in him than he in her. It was evident that she was coming to visit him, which was nice.
Ida began leaving food outside her house after meeting Salami, so she could eat herself anytime she went to visit them.
Soon, the young panther was meowing at the front door every morning, anxious for free food and Bruce. The intended idea was to win Salami’s trust before taking her to the vet for a checkup and, perhaps, finding her a home.
But, as the days progressed, Ida became aware that Salami’s tummy was expanding faster than usual, and she suspected she was pregnant.
“My first objective was to be able to take her to get examined and vaccinated.” But I found out I was pregnant before she felt secure enough to do so.
It was evident that Salami would require a location to give birth to her children; she was still quite bashful, but she gradually gave in.
As her pregnancy advanced, Ida continued to feed Salami every day; Salami gained confidence and grew closer to her, even allowing herself to be touched and rubbed.
Ida awoke one morning, terrified, to the sound of a weeping cat outside her door. When she went to investigate, she saw Salami meowing louder than normal at the entrance, as if pleading to be let in.
Salami raced in and found a comfortable spot for her; hours later, she went into delivery.
The mother was taken aback by the situation, but she was relieved that Salami had chosen her house to have her children. He promptly constructed a temporary nest in a pleasant spot in his house and covered it with blankets to make Salami more comfortable.
“She arrived about 5 p.m., shouting in an urgent manner that looked out of place.” So I allowed her in, and she began delivering her pups about 8 or 9 a.m. I was astonished since I assumed that once I had kids, I wouldn’t see her for a few weeks.
Salami gave birth to two lovely kittens, and everyone believed that her labor had finished successfully, but Salami gave birth to two more kittens while Ida was on a video conference with friends.
“I was terrified since I’d never seen or done anything like this before.” But it was obvious that she understood precisely what she needed to accomplish. It was a harrowing experience.
Salami finally had her litter of four kids nestled up next to mom, wanting to be nursed, after a difficult day. The loving mother was entirely dedicated to her small kittens, feeding them well, keeping them clean throughout the day, and showering them with affection at all times.
Because New Orleans was quarantined, Ida gave Salami and her babies her whole attention for a few months. The kittens grew by leaps and bounds, and they soon became energetic and raucous kittens, roaming all over the home.
Ida gave up the four small ones when they were old enough; he made sure they were placed in decent families and kept Salami.
She fell in love with the kind mother, and after everything they’d gone through together, the only option left was to give her a forever home.