Duchess is a feeding tube. Her entire life is about feeding her 5 kittens. She eats, poops and nurses. That’s it!
We have had her now for 11 days, and she has lived exclusively in the playpen since. It has to be boring. She hardly ever leaves her babies. She does pee and poop away from them, but she gets no exercise, no entertainment, nothing.
I was starting to worry about her muscle tone, since she lays down about 98% of her time (and remember we have a camera in there to check on the family). So tonight I took her into the bathroom, on her own, and let her roam around. There was at first no roaming, no walking. She snuggled next to me and let me comb her. I lifted her next to the sink and she started exploring, knocking stuff down off of the counter. That lasted a few minutes, and then she sat in from to the door and looked at me with a pathetic look on her face.
I brought her back “home”, and she laid down next to her kittens again.
She’s the most beautiful momma cat ever.