KIMBERLEY CRAYTON-BROWN – The Southland Times
For the past three years chihuahua-foxy-cross Shyla has been a foster mum â€“ 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.