Hello, I am new to the forum. I am definitely looking for advise and information regarding a kitty named Sophie. I apologize, because this will probably be very long and rambling. About a month ago I started feeding some of the stray cats around my new house. Nothing special, just some friskies (crap cat food, I know) just so they have some consistent food. One of the strays, who was extremely flighty and I rarely saw more than a glimpse of, has blossomed into a wonderful, sweet cat. Last week she decided I was OK, and each morning comes to me for petting and brushing (she had some terrible mats on her belly). She has a scar all around her neck, perhaps from where a collar was once imbedded. It is clear that she was once someones pet, but not for a while.
Anyway, I have definitely fallen in love with this cat. But I've never owned a cat. I just qualified (had to take a class) for the local TNR program. She, and the other kitties I feed, will be trapped, and spayed or neutered. The TNR program also vaccinates and microchips them. It is such a great program, I am glad there is one around.
The one problem is Sophie is very pregnant. Her belly is huge, and her nipples are quite engorged. I am no expert on cat pregnancies, though. I am going to visit my parents for a few days (housemates are continuing to feed and water the cats, no worries). I can't get her into the TNR until Monday the 24th. I'd honestly rather have her spayed late term than have her deliver the litter. She is a tiny cat, young, and complications could arise. Plus, there are already too many kittens in this world. While I was wanting to slowly bring her into the house, should I bring her in now (I leave tomorrow) in the event she does have the litter while I am away? My housemates are 100% trustworthy with care. I'd rather not freak her out, but I'd rather her have them in the house then somewhere outside with all the dangers of the city.
How easy is it to litterbox train a cat? Most people recommend shutting her in the bathroom with food, water, and a litterbox. But the one problem is we have only one bathroom in the house. And the other place that could be used, the basement, isn't exactly cat friendly at the moment (is being finished right now). My housemates are OK with the bathroom, but I don't want to freak her out with people constantly going in and out. The other option is my room. It is small, and I could clean up any accidents. What are your thoughts? I hope that if she was a pet in her past, she is comfortable with using a litterbox.
This is definitely not the last of questions I'll be asking. I know others will come to mind. But, I appreciate any and all information.
And since you had to read all this, I should at least provide pictures of Sophie! She is a dilute, longhair tortie!
She's a sweetheart. I just need to know where I should start with kitty care.