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Three Kittens Were Born In A Huge Pile Of Car Parts Shoved Into My Project Car

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“Uhhhh… DT has a few things to sort out at work today…” the head of Galpin Media — where I work — texted me along with a screenshot of a text from a colleague, reading: “Do you know who owns this Jeep? It has a cat inside that gave birth to kittens..” The Jeep in question is my “Holy Grail,” a super-rare manual transmission Jeep Grand Cherokee that I bought for $350 and am turning into the ultimate budget overlander. The vehicle has been sitting in the Galpin lot since I towed it from Detroit to my current home of LA; the “Grail” is filled with hundreds of parts I’ve amassed for the project, and now — among those parts— are kittens. Really, really cute kittens. Take a look, and prepare for your heart to melt.

Here’s the text from Chris, head of Galpin Media:

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You’ll notice an orange-and-white momma-cat sitting atop a mint-condition passenger’s seat out of a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. That’s a comfortable seat, so I commend the cat’s choice.

After receiving that text message, I checked out my rather dilapidated machine, and — while working through the guilt associated with neglecting a vehicle this fine — I gazed at a Jeep with two of its doors wide open; someone at Galpin had clearly been making sure the kittens weren’t getting too hot. (I’ve since rolled down the windows and closed the right front door so as not to take up too much precious parking real estate).

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In that open rear door are lots of parts, as I mentioned before. There’s an entire rear axle, lots of interior trim, seats, a snorkel, brake parts, an entire lift kit, and on and on — it’s a bit of a mess. Have a look:

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I didn’t see any cats on the right side of the Jeep, and even the driver’s door revealed only what most people would see as junk, but what I see as potential. But upon opening the second-row driver’s side door I was hit with a blast of unadulterated cuteness:

 

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For those of you who can’t see the Instagram video above, behold!:

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My heart melted into a pool of conventional 10W-30, and not just because these kittens are so absurdly cute, but because they are among the only living beings on earth who actually appreciate a manual transmission Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ like I do! They’re adorable, and also they have great taste! Look at how comfy they look in that machine; they’re into it! (right?)

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I’ve been returning to the Galpin lot every night to feed the momma cat. She’s really hungry, eating an entire large can of wet-food in what has to be record time. “Is she even chewing it?” I wonder.

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Every night she lets me get a little bit closer to her, but the nearest I’ve ever gotten is about eight feet; then momma-cat walked away. She doesn’t seem afraid of me — she doesn’t scurry away or anything — but she’s clearly not comfortable with me getting too close. And I get it; we humans have done some pretty bad things in our history, and I get the impression that this cat is a history buff. So I’m facing a bit of an uphill battle here trying to gain Zee’s trust.

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Yes, I’ve started giving these cats names. I know, I shouldn’t! But momma cat there is Zee, and this little cat sleeping in my brake rotor is Jay (together, that spells Zee Jay, or ZJ, the platform-name of the first-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee):

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I haven’t named the other two kittens, but they’re equally as heart-meltingly cute. Look at this little orange one!:

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And just below the orange one, what do I see?!:

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I’ve placed a little bowl of water in the Jeep (it’s dry every morning — I need to put a bigger bowl in there), I’ve rolled all the windows down (it doesn’t seem too hot in there to me, despite the 100-degree weather lately), and I’m making sure the mother is well-fed and that she’s drinking enough. I assume she’s returning to the Jeep every now and then to nurse her kittens. She can get in through the windows and doors, but I suspect she’s entering the Jeep from the transmission shifter-hole down below. I’d previously discovered a Calico cat accessing my Jeep in that manner before; check it out:

 

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My friend, who volunteers at a cat-rescue organization, has been talking with her colleagues about how to proceed with these cute fluffballs, which are going to join a rather large population of cats already hanging out in that Galpin lot. In fact, one night, while I was feeding the momma cat, another seemingly-pregnant kitty came out of nowhere to check things out:

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To prove that’s not the momma cat, here are the two of them next to one another:

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It seems the move right now is to feed the momma cat (who, I suspect is already being fed by someone who frequents the lot) so she can nurse her kittens until they’re old enough. The ASPCA has guidance on how to handle feral kittens that seem healthy and whose mothers are around; here’s the organization’s advice:

Provide Food, Shelter and Monitor

It is likely mom is taking good care of her kittens. Provide mom and her kittens with food, a dry and clean shelter, and continue to monitor their well-being. Once the kittens are able to eat wet food on their own, around 4-5 weeks old, you can bring them into your home to provide foster care and prepare them for adoption*. Visit this site for information on how to care for the kittens.

Prepare a Trap-Neuter-Return-Monitor (TNRM) plan for mom (and her kittens if they are not friendly with humans and older than 8 weeks of age) that will help keep them out of an animal shelter and set them up for long, healthy lives outdoors as community cats.

If you cannot provide foster care for these kittens or if you need additional support providing a TNRM plan for mom and her kittens, contact your local shelter or rescue to see if they can help.

So that’s the plan; fairly soon I may work with local experts to trap momma and her kittens, and at the very least have them spayed and neutered to keep the population under control. And, if possible, maybe I’ll try to foster and then adopt out these cats. But I’m not sure yet (feral cats may never warm up to humans, so that may be tough, and also I’m overseas for two weeks starting Sunday). My friend and I will continue working with the local animal rescue organization to make the right call.

If it’s up to me, I might want Zee and Jay in my life, long term. They’re cute and they like ZJs; what more could you want out of a pet?!

…but I do travel a lot. So I’ve got a lot to think about.

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BionicPhil
BionicPhil
11 months ago

We had two rando kittens show up in our yard. We’re on three acres, so we “hired” the two kitties to take care of mice.

We feed them, provide water, heated beds in winter (we’re in Chicago), and we’ve chipped/fixed them and they get annual vet visits.

They have taken care of mice, chipmunks and moles. They are affectionate, and know they our outside cats.

But, these cute cats can also be killers. They are cute little predators. So, if you like birds, beware.

But, at the end of the day, cats are good guard animals and may/may not be affectionate.

Arthur Flax
Arthur Flax
11 months ago

I manage (read feed) a catch/snip/vaccinate/release cat colony of perhaps 10 cats next to my sign shop because…uh…my wife and the nice lady from the community cat program made me.

Good plan, David, to get Zee, Jay and mom into the community cat program. If the cats like you, they will adopt you. Otherwise they are perfectly fine living outdoors.

By the way, of the 10 community cats near my shop, one comes when I call every morning and gets fed inside during the day (and does its business outdoors). At the end of the work day, he lives with his friends. (I can’t bring him home as two at home are enough.)

So, I wouldn’t worry if your work schedule interferes with your plans to adopt the cats. If they want to hang with you, they will. If you want to bring them in, they’ll let you if they like you. If they hate you, they’ll bite the hand that feeds them. Either way, they will be fine.

1029
1029
11 months ago

Someone get Mark Tucker on the line, those cats need a shitbox!

Karl Jacobs
Karl Jacobs
11 months ago

Keep 2 of the kittens.. they are better off in pairs, especially ones from feral parents.

Inthemikelane
Inthemikelane
11 months ago

Kitties are so cute when they’re that small. I didn’t grow up with cats, and no one I knew had one, but once I got married I’ve now had three cats, including the stray that showed up about a year ago.

As someone else said, keep two, they are better with a playmate, otherwise they get bored real easily and cause trouble. Dry food would be better for the mom, more good stuff in it.

You ARE going to keep at least one aren’t you?! I mean come on, it’s like the stars lined up to bring you this gift.

Phil Layshio
Phil Layshio
11 months ago

I’ve spent the last two years trying to clean cat pee out of the upholstery of my boat cabin. I’ve spent probably $300 on vinegar and enzymic cleaners. I just gave up and stripped the headliner and the carpet out and threw the cushions away we’re just going to redo them all. You’re going to need new interior for your Jeep David. Cute kitties though you should keep at least one.

Cheap Bastard
Cheap Bastard
11 months ago
Reply to  Phil Layshio

How did cat pee get in the headliner?

Black Peter
Black Peter
11 months ago

And I get it; we humans have done some pretty bad things in our history, and I get the impression that this cat is a history buff. The kittens are cute but this sentence got me in the feels..
A few months after adopting a rescue terrier mix, he was on my bed watching me change after work. I pulled my belt out of my pants and he took off to hide in the corner of the room. Holy #$&% it still hits me hard thinking about it, he was an awesome and faithful dog for 11 years, I hope I was half the owner he thought I was.

Arrest-me Red
Arrest-me Red
11 months ago

Have you considered a donate fund for the Galpin cats? A general fund to feed, vat bills, and rescue cots?

Matt H
Matt H
11 months ago

Shop cats are good cats

Douglas Lain
Douglas Lain
11 months ago

KEEP THE CATS!!

James Colangelo
James Colangelo
11 months ago

I am a dog and cat person, I love them both for different reasons. Cats are really low maintenance though – in pairs they are happiest. They love a friend to chase around. I have auto feeders and water fountains, and while I don’t travel a ton anymore I used to more and a few days or more is fine to leave them, and having someone check on them a little if you’re gone more than 3-4 days at a time is about all you need. They’re super fun and cute and really good company. Highly recommend you keep 2!

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