within a couple hours i returned tocheck in with (click for photo)mama and babes and they were all rinsed, groomed and dry. mama cat had em all cleaned up with the use of her super-cycle kitty tongue and sheer determination.
they were so new that when i had originally looked i saw little umbilicles still attached, wet fur and a dampened mama. i must have literally walked up when the last was born. they immediately knew what to do as they drank from their mamas milk. and she had that calm, sleepy look about her as she kneeded them to sleep. we have since transfered the nursing bed into a more safe and sheltered enclosing which mama went right for; no objections whatsoever. we wanted to make sure they stay safe and warm since this
did i say awwwwwwwww yet : )
edited to add: i forgot some specifics. mama is one of the three outdoor neighborhood cats who adopted us during this last winter. she is a tortie color. a smaller cat. we bunkered down mama and her boys next to our stove all winter within a structure that human mom (me) attempted to make function as a tent baracade to wind. her two-in-tow sons also adopted us & are much bigger than her. so , the plan is to love on these six little newbies and then find them a good home, and have the mamas girlie parts fixed.