Bridget, a 10-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, sadly lost her two pups just after they were born on April 23rd. But in an interesting twist of fate, a litter of orphaned kittens arrived to the Utah Humane Society on nearly that same day. An employee placed the motherless kittens with Bridget hoping that maybe the Yorkie’s unfulfilled natural mothering instincts would kick in and override the fact that instead of puppies she would now nurture kittens. And sure enough, that is exactly what happened! (I love happy endings, dont you?!)
I do wonder, however, how having a canine for a mother will affect the behavior, preferences, personalities and growth of the felines? Will the kittens grow into cats who act half-dog? Will other cats think these dog-mothered kittens are odd in their behavior? Will these kittens grow up fearless of dogs? Will they show a preference for doggie treats? If you have your own anecdotal stories to share of kittens being mothered by a dog or visa versa, please share!