Stray mom cat and kittens!

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  1. Kooshdakhaa
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    I befriended a couple of stray cats this summer. One tom cat and a little female. A few weeks ago I was able to pick the female up and I discovered that she was nursing kittens. Just tonight I found the kittens! And are they ever adorable! They are under a van on my property. I believe she moved them there because it is a friendly atmosphere and I always put food out for them.

    I brought the big old tom cat into the house tonight. Just picked him up and stuffed him into a kennel and brought him in. He has his own room until I can get him to the vet Monday for feline leukemia test. And he has an appointment on Tuesday at the SPCA to get neutered. He is no longer a stray cat. : ) And I think he knows it, he's all curled up snoozing away in his room.

    I will rescue the female and kittens, too, if I can figure out how. The kittens won't come to me they run away, even thought their mom lets me pick her up and pet her. I figure if I spend some time out there, the kittens will eventually warm up to me. We have a big storm coming tomorrow, wind and rain, so I'll have to put that off for couple of days.

    Any suggestions? The mom I could just pick up and carry into the house. But how do I get the kittens?
     
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    If you put a can of tuna into a live animal trap, you can catch the kittens one by one until you have them all caught. My wife has about 9 outdoors (barn cats) and this is how she catches the kittens that tend to be wild. We have all of the cats spayed or neutered except for one female we can't catch. Low and behold, a stray male cat came calling earlier in the year and as a result we have some kittens running around outside that we need to catch. I am not especially a cat person but my wife enjoys her yard cats and she keeps them well fed and cared for. BTW, please don't tell my wife if there is a yellow cat in the liter. She loves yellow cats and is looking for one.
     
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    the kittens should follow the mom ....just keep feeding them..give them a shelter from the upcoming storm...they are lucky they found you
     
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    early evening is the best time to trap them
     
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    If you can pick the mother up, the kittens aren't to far behind. Nice job on the new masters of your universe :badgrin:
     
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    possum thinks ya ought to be careful...

    ... right when ya think dey's yer buddy...

    ... dey'll smack ya onna nose.
    :eusa_shifty:
     
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    If you get a Hav-a-hart humane cat trap (raccoon size) you can bait it and trap the mom and then the kittens. How old are the kittens?

    Our neighborhood is home to feral cats (crazy cat lady started feeding them about 3 years ago). I trapped many of the adult cats and took them to the spca in the hopes of maybe they could be adopted but they were all too feral. :(

    Two weeks ago I looked out my kitchen window and there is a black mom cat with two small kittens coming out from under our shed. Apparently the chicken wire we put up had come undone and she had a litter under there. I set the cat trap to try and get the mom but no luck so I positioned it by the shed then blocked off all other ways out. Caught the two little kitties within a couple of hours. They were about 6 weeks old and yes, too young to be away from mom but I took them anyway because I knew the mom would relocate them and there would be two more cats reproducing in a couple of months. Have been taking care of these two for about a week and a half and they are just terrific little kitties! They started out hissing and growling A LOT! but both have turned out to be very, very affectionate and will make wonderful pets. Amazing what steady food, calming voice and patience will accomplish. My daughter's friend is taking both of them. Yay!

    This past Monday we look out and there is same mom cat with yet another kitten under my daughter's car. Kitten crawled up into the engine, took us about 45 minutes to unwedge him. He joined his brothers. He is the most active and started out hissing like the others but within 30 hours he was purring.

    Two days later I see the mom cat out by the shed with yet another kitten! Trapped him and he joined his brothers this past Tues. night. He is still very shy and very unsure of people. Am working hard to try and get him to trust people. He finally came out to play with his brothers but I often have to pick him up and place him in the middle of the fun.

    I am looking for homes for the last two. If I can't find homes they will have to go to the spca. I'm hoping that won't be for another two weeks (I think they're 8 weeks old now, hoping I can contain them in the area I made for two more weeks) but at least they will have the best chance of getting a home that way.

    Hunger will win out almost every time with these guys. If you can get the mom you will be able to get the kittens. Patience is key. Good luck and keep us updated.

    btw, anyone want a kitten?
     
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    That is good advice. I have two small scratches from the tom cat I brought in. They are healing nicely, no infection. The only reason he swiped at me is because I startled him. He was being defensive. Can't blame him for that. Otherwise, he likes to snuggle up to me and loves to be petted. I would guess he hasn't been petted in at least a couple of years, but you can tell he was once someone's cat. : (
     
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    The tomcat is named Lazarus because I thought he was dead and yet he started showing up again. : )

    Lazarus hasn't used the cat box in his room, yet, but he hasn't gone to the bathroom outside the box either. I read that they will wait a long time in a situation like this. It will be a mini-triumph when he goes in that box!
     
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    I'm frustrated about the mom cat (I call her Delilah) and the kittens because I wanted to get them inside before the storm. There will be heavy rain and wind gusts up to 110 mph in the upper elevations of our city. We're supposed to get gusts up to 65 mph where I am, hopefully it won't be any worse than that. It will start tonight and go until tomorrow night. : (

    She has found a good spot, she'll be well protected from the wind where she is. I think.

    I do have a trap, in case I need it. Once the storm is over I can try spending some time out there and befriend the kittens. I don't think there's much I can do before then, although I will hang out there a bit before the wind starts picking up and see what happens. Like I don't have anything else to do. : ( (sorry, little whine there)
     
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