Skin and bone, covered in fleas with her leg badly her only thought was to protect her kittens until help arrived!
After being found by a Good Samaritan, when help arrived they found that despite her poor condition, her kittens were really healthy, in very good shape and full of energy. Mom had well and truly put their needs before her own.
Her wounded leg indicated that she had been bitten by another animal, possibly another cat. She had probably tried to lead it away from her den, keeping her kittens out of harm’s way.
She was little more than a rack of bones, weighing in at only 6.5 pounds, she would need more immediate care and attention than her kittens.