Lady was another stray we took in. She was about a year old, with an incredibly long, lean body. After she had been with us a couple of months, Mary said one day, "Look how fat she's getting!", and indeed she had gotten so wide she waddled. I took this picture up in my study one Friday night, after which I watched her walking fatly around on the carpet. Could she really have put on so much weight in such a short time? On a hunch, I put my fingertips to the swollen sides of her abdomen. I could feel movement within. Was she pregnant? Mary and I looked askance at her a few times that evening as she wobbled about. The next morning, she jumped off our bed, made her way to our master closet, and gave birth, over the course of the next hour, to five kittens.
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