Meet Lauren Maners, a woman who has fostered several animals over the years, but as she prepared to give birth to her daughter, she decided it was time to take a little break from fostering and ended up encountering something much greater…
Given her pregnancy, Lauren explained that ‘the animals I usually fostered/rehabilitated were usually sickly and needed lots of care, which I would not have time for once the baby came,’. She was pretty certain of her decision, that is until Dove came along!
The same morning that Lauren took the decision, she and her husband found an injured cat on a roadside. They pulled over to check up on her, which is when Lauren realized, she’s also pregnant.
‘I knew that she was in bad shape and also felt a sort of connection to her due to us both being very pregnant,’ Lauren said. ‘I managed to catch her by luring her up to me with our leftover food and wrapping her in my jacket, and we brought her to the vet.’
They later named her Dove, who they sadly found had been a stray for most of her life. The two pregnant mamas naturally bonded and spent most of the final weeks of their pregnancies just chilling together. ‘She would follow me around everywhere I went, and loved sitting outside with me in the mornings in our fenced-in area and letting me rub her belly while we ate breakfast together,’, she said.
Soon, it was time for Lauren’s daughter, Kylie, to be born. Coincidentally, while Lauren was in the hospital giving birth, Dove was at home delivering her own babies – 6 beautiful kittens! ‘They were very possibly born at the same time’, she added.
As the kittens grew, so did Kylie. As Lauren remarked, ‘When my daughter was 5 weeks old, she began to notice the kittens when I would carry her in there with them to help me feed them and give them some attention. The kittens were also very curious about my daughter as well.’
Dove stayed with Lauren and her family for many months before Lauren found her and her kittens the very best forever homes – and luckily, all seven of them aren’t far away from Lauren either!
‘Luckily the mother cat went to live with a friend of mine, so I am still able to get updates on her. And several of the babies went to people I know as well, so I have even been able to visit them,’ Lauren said, before concluded that she wouldn’t change sharing the final weeks of her pregnancy with Dove for the world!