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Old Yesterday, 09:06 AM
 
Location: In the house we finally own!
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Last summer, my husband found 3 tiny kittens huddled under our truck. One was black with a white spot on his chest, one was marbled, and one was white with blue eyes. We took them in and nursed them to health, and they became part of our family. At first, it was somewhat believable that they all came from the same mama cat, but now we are not so sure.

They are 8 months old now, and while the black one and the marbled one have similar faces and body shapes, the white one does not. He definitely has a lot of siamese in him, with the markings he has and the crossed blue eyes. He is much bigger, different face shape, and we have seen the mama cat who is also marbled. It is hard to believe that he was born to the same mother, although they were all found together. A few weeks ago, my husband helped one of our neighbors get a cat out of a tree that looks just like him, enough to be his twin!

How likely is it that mama cat stole this one from another litter? That's the only explanation I can think of.
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Old Yesterday, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Last summer, my husband found 3 tiny kittens huddled under our truck. One was black with a white spot on his chest, one was marbled, and one was white with blue eyes. We took them in and nursed them to health, and they became part of our family. At first, it was somewhat believable that they all came from the same mama cat, but now we are not so sure.

They are 8 months old now, and while the black one and the marbled one have similar faces and body shapes, the white one does not. He definitely has a lot of siamese in him, with the markings he has and the crossed blue eyes. He is much bigger, different face shape, and we have seen the mama cat who is also marbled. It is hard to believe that he was born to the same mother, although they were all found together. A few weeks ago, my husband helped one of our neighbors get a cat out of a tree that looks just like him, enough to be his twin!

How likely is it that mama cat stole this one from another litter? That's the only explanation I can think of.
More likely that they are brothers from another father.

It isn't uncommon for dogs to have pups in the same litter from different sires in "the wild." By Wild I mean, a female in heat is allowed to roam or access multiple males. I can't imagine cats are all that different.
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Old Yesterday, 10:17 AM
 
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Agree, they probably have different fathers even though they were litter mates.
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Old Yesterday, 02:49 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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Agree, they probably have different fathers even though they were litter mates.
Yep. And it may happen more often than we think. The litter my workplace cat had was definitely fathered by two different Tom's that called my shop home. I even know the date the 'deed' was done (2.5.05). Five kittens, 3 of which looked like 1 dad, and the other 2 followed dad No.2. (all 5 were adopted, and 2 stayed with me).
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Old Yesterday, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Agree, they probably have different fathers even though they were litter mates.
Female cats don't ovulate until they mate. I read once that a female cat can have up to three mates for one litter, so it's indeed possible that the litter mates have different sires.
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Old Today, 07:55 AM
 
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Wow! I never knew they could have different fathers. I assumed that all the kittens would have come from just one. It does make sense, though. Mama kitty "gets around" in the neighborhood so it doesn't surprise me. Thank you all for your answers!
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Old Today, 09:10 AM
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any chance you could trap, spay, release?


Hope so.
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