At the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Ida Floreak wondered what she would do to occupy her time. Little did she know, something would come along to keep her busy in the best way possible!
The artist lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a 7-year-old Siamese cat named Bruce. When a stray female cat began coming around their house last fall, she and Bruce fell in love right away.
Ida named the stray Salami, but the poor cat was half-wild and wouldn’t let Ida touch her. Over the next few weeks, Salami appeared more and more often, so Ida began feeding her and let her spend time with Bruce, hoping to adopt her someday.
One morning, Ida woke up to Salami meowing loudly at the door at 5 a.m.
“I had started feeding her at this point so she knew to come by, but she had never been so insistent and certainly never so early,” Ida explained. “Salami came inside and just meowed at me for a few hours so I figured something was about to happen; she was so round at that point.”
Sure enough, Salami was pregnant! A couple hours later, the kittens started to arrive, and Ida realized the cat must have felt her first labor pains and headed straight to the place where she felt safest!
“There are four now and they’re getting so big and I am beside myself,” Ida wrote in an Instagram update.
Now that they’ve shared such a bonding experience, Salami is finally loving on her official new human mom!
As for the kittens, Ida was able to find them wonderful forever homes. Since they went to friends of hers, she even gets to stay in touch and watch them grow up!
Ida couldn’t have asked for a better mission during quarantine! Not only did she add a new member to her family, but she also found hope through the unexpected circumstance!
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