One day in July, a very pregnant stray cat was brought to Anne Arundel County Animal Control (AACAC) in Millersville, Maryland, and she quickly won the hearts of the staff and volunteers, thanks to her “calm demeanor and adorable manners,” AACAC posted on Facebook.
Chloe, as the cat was named, “followed shelter workers around like a puppy,” Chris Collins, a volunteer with Friends of the AACAC told The Dodo.
She even walks on a leash pretty well.
Chloe, a tiny 9-month-old, very pregnant stray cat, won the hearts of the AACAC staff and volunteers with her calm demeanor and adorable manners. As you can see in this video taken several days ago, she walks on a leash better than many dogs; in fact, she followed the staff around even when not leashed. Shortly before she seemed ready to give birth, however, Chloe tested very faintly positive for a serious communicable cat disease, which made it very difficult to find her a foster or rescue group. Because the test results were not definitive, Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control paid for Chloe to get an expensive but more accurate test as well as confirm that she was indeed pregnant and not bloated with fluid. The happy results: a negative test and 6 kittens on the way! Chloe gave birth Tuesday night; this afternoon, mom and her babies, all doing well, left with a foster for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County — but not before doing one more circuit of AACAC to say goodbye to all her many friends on the staff. Thank you soooo much to all our comrades in arms at the SPCA for once again stepping up to help a tiny family, and most especially to her foster. Have great lives, Chloe, Catelyn, CeCe, Corbin, Cody, Cersei and Candice! (More photos of mom and babies in the comments.)
Posted by Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control, Inc. on Thursday, August 11, 2016
As part of the shelter’s routine, Chloe was tested for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). She had a very slight positive testing for FeLV. Because it’s a communicable cat disease, it made it difficult to find a foster or rescue group willing to take her in, AACAC revealed in the post. However, since the results were not definitive, Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Control had a more accurate test done, which revealed that she was healthy.
The 9-month-old stray cat gave birth to six kittens on August 9. Sadly, one was born with a birth defect and did not survive. Chloe and her five kittens – Catelyn, CeCe, Corbin, Cersei and Candice – are doing well in foster care for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.
“Chloe is such a sweetheart,” Kim Morrissette, SPCA foster person, told The Dodo. “She loves people and has the cutest little combination purr/meow. She will let you hold her in your arms like a baby and truly just wants to love on people. She is being a very good momma to her babies as well.”
Chloe and her kittens will be available for adoption as soon they are old enough (in roughly eight weeks). To find out more about adopting them, visit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. She’s likely to win the hearts of the person who adopts her, too.