2 pregnant moms — a woman and a cat — share pregnancy journey


  • Lauren Maners, a pregnant mom who had been fostering for a long time, decided that she will take a break from fostering before her baby would come out.
  • But when she met Dove, an injured stray cat — also pregnant — she changed her mind and took her in.
  • Lauren and Dove instantly formed a bond, and had even given birth at the same time!

Just when Lauren Maners promised herself that she would take a break from fostering animals, a cat showed up and turned her plan around.

For many years, Lauren had been fostering and rehabilitating animals. But when she was close to the end of her pregnancy, she decided to take a break.

“…I decided that it was time to take a break from all of that as the animals I usually fostered/rehabilitated were usually sickly and needed lots of care, which I would not have time for once the baby came,” Lauren told The Dodo.

The decision was final, until Dove, a pregnant stray cat, crossed her path and made her forget what she promised.

Photo Credit: Lauren Maners/The Dodo

Funny, the same morning Lauren made up her mind with no-more-fostering-for-now was the same day she met Dove.

Lauren and her husband were just driving home from getting breakfast that morning when they spotted an injured cat. She immediately asked her husband to pull over to check on the cat. Lauren realized that the cat wasn’t only injured, she was pregnant, too! And the next thing she knew, she was taking the cat with her.

“I knew that she was in bad shape and also felt a sort of connection to her due to us both being very pregnant,” Lauren said. “I managed to catch her by luring her up to me with our leftover food and wrapping her in my jacket, and we brought her to the vet.”

The cat, later on named Dove, was treated at the vet and brought home. Upon checking around, the couple discovered that Dove had been a stray for most of her life. Right then and there, Lauren decided to break her own word, and foster Dove.

Photo Credit: Lauren Maners/The Dodo

“She would follow me around everywhere I went, and loved sitting outside with me in the mornings in our fenced-in area and letting me rub her belly while we ate breakfast together,” Lauren said.

The two formed instant connection, became each other’s pregnancy buddy, and had even given birth at the same time!

Photo Credit: Lauren Maners/The Dodo

After months of fostering, Lauren finally found Dove and her six kittens their forever homes, who were mostly Lauren’s friends.

“Luckily the mother cat went to live with a friend of mine, so I am still able to get updates on her, and several of the babies went to people I know as well, so I have even been able to visit them,” she said.

Source: The Dodo


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