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Dad Cat Supports Mom During Birth— Wins Everybody's Heart
When Tam went into labor, Yello was right by her side...
Britanie Leclair
02.06.18

Becoming a father is a momentous experience. It’s exciting, it’s nerve-wracking and it’s also very scary. Will you be able to live up to expectations? Will you be the role model that your children need? It’s impossible to tell until the time arrives—but when it comes to fatherhood in the animal kingdom, these emotions seem pretty universal.

Most recently, a ginger cat named Yello was photographed as his wife Tam gave birth to their first litter. Although Yello started feeling a bit stressed and nervous, the adorable photos show him stepping up to be a Dad that all cats (and humans!) should look up to.

The photos, posted by Thuy Duong Panda from Vietnam, show a stressed-looking Yello.

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Yello’s wife was in the midst of birth and he wasn’t sure what to do. Soon, however, the father-to-be pulled himself together and started comforting Tam with soft kisses.

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The devoted Yello stayed right by Tam’s side for the entire birth. When it was all said and done, the first-time Dad finally got to meet his 4 new babies.

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Yello knew birth can be traumatic. So he cuddles and comforts Tam while recovers.

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When Tam gets too tired, Yello takes Daddy-duty, cuddling and watching the babies while she rests.

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He clearly did amazing for his first time as a Dad.

Not only was he there for Tam in her time of need…

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Now he is the best Dad to his new family too.

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It’s pretty rare for male cats to be as paternal as our dear ol’ Yello. Not to say that it’s impossible— it just doesn’t happen often, especially in the wild. It can actually be dangerous to put a male cat near kittens. Sometimes dads don’t think the babies are theirs and will even attack them as a result. The Nest recommends introducing a dad to his kittens slowly and immediately pulling him away if he shows any signs of aggression. It’s recommended to also see how mom reacts to Dad approaching the kittens. Sometimes Dad can make her nervous, and she may attack the kittens herself.

While it’s possible for male cats to act fatherly, Yello is definitely pretty unique. He is a caring and attentive father, and I think the world needs more Dads like him.

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See a video of the happy family below!

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By Britanie Leclair
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Britanie Leclair is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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