Kittens-- No Mother?
I did an introduction post in the "say meow" thread, for those interested.
Anyway, right now, I am caring for 5 Farrel kittens. Their mother has been with them for the first month, but now she is gone. I have no idea where! Haven't seen her in several days. The kittens were born in my back yard on September 25 (2008, of course), and today its October 22. So they're about a month old. They are walking and climbing, although a bit wobbly. Eyes open, but still slightly blue. Not running, playing or purring yet. They have LOTS of teeth! 2 of them eat canned food like crazy, but the other 3 are really fussy about it....
I've chosen to foster them, until I could find good homes for them. I don't want them growing up in the streets. I also have a fixed adult female cat of my own (I adopted her from a shelter) and she's not really sure what to make of these babies, hehe. She just kinda stares awkwardly from a distance... I was wondering who I should go through, for finding the kittens homes. I have LOTS of questions too:
* Should I keep trying to give them canned kitten food? Or should they still be on the bottle?
* Should I just find them homes by myself, once they reach 10 weeks? Would an animal shelter allow me to continue fostering them at my house (to save them some space), and help me with finding them good homes?
* How about veterinary care? If I went through a shelter, would they help with vet costs (its a lot for 5 kittens...)? I know when people adopt an animal from a shelter, they pay an adoption fee, which includes the price of getting their shots and getting the cat fixed. So I don't know, I was thinking the shelter might help with that, since they eventually charge the adoptive family. I want to make sure they are all healthy..... But I'm really bonding with them too, so I'd really like to be the one fostering.
Thanks in advance.