We also know that after several days Mama David moved her four kittens and there was a bit of concern until the babies were located under the Toro mower that was in need of repair and had not budged for a couple of years. It would have been a good location for the kittens if Slim, the dog and ruler of the barnyard, did not love kittens so much.
Nightly securing of NOL-NOC Estates found the four young kittens scattered on the lawn and Granny Annie would take a flashlight, gather them up and place them back under the Toro for David. G.A.would visit with Slim in a sharp tone, warning her loyal pet not to be disturbing the kittens and taking them away from their mother.
One evening while gathering kittens, Granny came across a brand new kitten still with eyes closed. What!!! This kitten had a much louder voice than the older kittens and Slim was very reluctant for it to be removed from her sight. When this kitten was placed under the Toro there were several other newborns waiting for this sibling.
Olive, another of the grown cats, seemed to have been having an affair with Darth Vader as well. This was her first litter of kittens and since she had not a clue what to do, she deposited them with David. Mama David was caring for all the kittens while Olive peeked in occasionally before she went back to cleaning herself and primping.
This one small newborn kitten became a total obsession with Slim. The dog and adoptive mama cat were in a constant tug of war trying to retain custody of the small infant. Granny Annie would intervene at every opportunity but often Slim would grab her new buddy and get away. Finally David did a very smart thing. Knowing Slim was not allowed in the chicken house, she moved all the kittens back there. They no longer fit in the nest boxes but she found a safe corner and G.A. carried in a cardboard box for creature comfort. It seems to be working very well.
Today Granny Annie finally was able to get a count of the kittens. Four for Mama David and six for Olive. Ten new kittens total and only four have names. Everyone better put their thinking caps on.