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Maternal, Chihuahua Mix Dog Raises Kitten Litters

Photo By Robyn Edie

KIMBERLEY CRAYTON-BROWN – The Southland Times

For the past three years chihuahua-foxy-cross Shyla has been a foster mum – to litters of kittens.

Owner Angela McFall, a vet, said Shyla had her first “false pregnancy” three years ago. Shyla has never been pregnant, but once a year at about the same time she produces milk.

The first time it happened Miss McFall, of Brydone, had rescued a kitten and Shyla took it upon herself to clean and feed it, and treated it like her own offspring.

The next year Shyla had another “false pregnancy”, and mothered a litter of seven abandoned kittens that Miss McFall rescued while living in Christchurch.

“We drove to Ashburton as I had heard there were some kittens that were going to be put down. We stuck our feelers out because we knew she was producing milk,” she said.

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