Good Samaritan helps ‘Twinkle Toes’ and her babies

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A HAPPY FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY — Here are three of Twinkle Toes’ five young kittens. So far, four have been adopted, since Twinkle Toes, barely past kittenhood herself, cleverly provided for her offspring by befriending Margaret Scribner of DeLand.  

A HAPPY FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY — Here are three of Twinkle Toes’ five young kittens. So far, four have been adopted, since Twinkle Toes, barely past kittenhood herself, cleverly provided for her offspring by befriending Margaret Scribner of DeLand.  

PHOTOS COURTESY MARGARET SCRIBNER

Found a home in his heart — DeLandite Jonathan Medford holds one of Twinkle Toes’ kittens. The young black-and-white cat recently made herself — and her five kittens — welcome at the home of Margaret Scribner in DeLand. Medford, one of Scribner’s tenants, chose to adopt this kitten and will take it home once it is ready to be weaned from its mother.

Found a home in his heart — DeLandite Jonathan Medford holds one of Twinkle Toes’ kittens. The young black-and-white cat recently made herself — and her five kittens — welcome at the home of Margaret Scribner in DeLand. Medford, one of Scribner’s tenants, chose to adopt this kitten and will take it home once it is ready to be weaned from its mother.

PHOTO COURTESY MARGARET SCRIBNER

Editor, The Beacon:

I've a tale to tell.

Several days ago, a very sweet young black cat meowed at my back door. I let her in, and she immediately cuddled up in my lap and began to purr.

Soon, she availed herself of the litter box. (I've adopted my daughter Bess' cat, so, while he's becoming used to this home, he has a litter box.) 

This made me think that the new cat was — or had been — someone's pet and had been an indoor cat.

I named her "Twinkle Toes," as she has four white feet and the name just sort of fits her.

I asked around the neighborhood, and it seems that a recent resident had abandoned her when they moved out. 

I began to offer her food and water, and once she had her fill she would leave, but while she was in my house, she investigated every nook and cranny.

Well, this morning, she appeared at my front door with a kitten dangling from her mouth. (She's barely out of kittenhood herself, so this was quite a task for her.)

I let her in, and she immediately ran up the front stairs and deposited the kitten behind a heavy quilt that hangs there. (These steps are rarely used, so it seems she knew that.) 

She then asked to be let out the back door, and in minutes, she reappeared at the front door with another kitten!

She repeated this until she had all five of her babies safely ensconced in my house, behind the quilt.

Bess arrived shortly thereafter, and with her help, we made a cozy bed for the family in my office closet.

This cat worked so hard at bringing her babies into what she believed was a safe house that I can't simply cart them off to the Humane Society. 

So, here's my plan:

I will keep them all, and once the kittens are weaned, I will find good homes for them (they should be ready in two or three weeks). 

Then, I will take Mama to be spayed and keep her. She is super-sweet, and the babies seem to be as well.

Would you all please pass the word among your friends that I have five adorable kittens for adoption. 

They will no doubt need initial vet care (flea treatment, worming, spayed/neutering, etc.), but they will be worth it.

Margaret Scribner

DeLand

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