Introducing Gemma, a very young gray/calico mother who had 4 kittens of her own, but as she was too young and the kittens were too malnourished, only one survived. Gemma previously went by the name Green Eyed Momma for her intense peridot green eyes, which I shortened to Gemma (jem-MA) and is a wonderful, outgoing and friendly cat who seems like she once belonged to a human who may have dropped her off when she got pregnant. Gemma's surviving kitten - who still needs a name - is a pretty brown calico/tortoiseshell. When the need arose to find a nursing mom for some other orphans from different litters, Gemma happily accepted them into her family. Gemma is very protective of her kittens so hard to tell if she'll be ok with other cats after her babies are gone, but currently is not good with dogs.
Gemma's baby (no name yet) is a pretty tortie girl who is wide-eyed and boisterous. She is the youngest of this extended family so gets beat up on a bit by her adopted siblings, though she holds her own, despite battling fluid in the lungs since birth. We've taken her to the vet twice and her tests and X-rays all turned out fine. The culprit is probably from aspirating during birth (Gemma may not have broken her from the sack fast enough) or possibly from drinking mom's milk. The vet thinks she'll be fine, she just has to grow out of it as long as she's closely watched.
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