Minnie & Her Sixteen Kittens!
Sixteen little bundles of pure kitten!
The mother of this incredible litter is Minnie, a tortoiseshell cat belonging to Lindsay who lives in South Queensferry, Scotland.
Minnie was about a year old in September 1997 when she had this litter, her second and last litter of kittens.
She gave birth to 17 kittens and one under developed foetus, whether or not the foetus could be counted as a kitten is debatable.
Of the remaining 17 kittens one was found to be dead, it is uncertain if this kitten was born dead or died shortly after birth, I suspect that it was alive when it was born because it looked quite big and healthy.
The other 16 surviving kittens turned out to be healthy and eventually all went to good homes, it was essential to bottle feed some of them. Mainly due to the smaller ones always got pushed out of the way by the bigger ones at feeding time, and I should think that in the wild a few would probably not have made it!