The Hunt for Baby Kittens

On a farm, there is no force of nature more determined than a child searching for a new litter of kittens.

Our mother cat, who is named Spitfire despite her sweet temperament, has gotten really large over the past month. A couple days ago, she showed up skinny and hungry. One son ran into the house to get his brothers and the hunt was on.

The hunt for baby kittens is usually short. They are often in the cat house (a dog house commandeered by the cats) right on our driveway. However, with a new playful puppy making the cats’ lives difficult, Spitfire looked elsewhere to hide her babies.

The reconnaissance skills displayed by the boys is remarkable. They use a variety of techniques to track the momma cat. Sometimes they follow from a distance. Sometimes they carry her to a suspected kitten hiding spot and put her down to see where she goes. They compare notes and listen for tiny meow noises near every building.

How long before they find the kittens? I am actually surprised they have not uncovered the hiding spot yet. I will post some pictures when the discovery is made.


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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