I need some advice. Some of you may have read my story before, but if not let me catch you up. About 3 months ago I adopted a cat that I was told was spayed. Turns out she was pregnant. About 10 days later she had 6 kittens. Initially, the rescue group I got her from told me how embarrassed and sorry they were. They would take the kittens at 4 weeks if I could only keep them until then. (Now I clearly realize how ridiculous it would be to give away 4 week old kittens, but at that point, I had no idea, having never had a pet before.) Then it became 6 weeks. Then 8. Then 10.
Well, 10 weeks is coming up on Monday, and I still haven't heard back. I find myself in a very strange position here. I have NEVER been an animal person. However, I am completely in love with these kittens. I want to do what is right for them but I also want to do what's right for me. I feel like the rescue group has been so inconsistent that even if I'm told they will take the kittens, I shouldn't give them to the group. If they've treated me this way, how will they treat the kittens?
On the other hand, for the past 10 days I've had pictures of the kittens up all over the place, hoping that I could adopt them straight from my condo, but I haven't had a single call. (By the way, they are adorable!)
I live in a small condo and travel with relative frequency. It simply isn't possible for me to keep my cat and her 6 kittens. I can manage the mom and one kitten, but that's all. I really don't know what to do at this point. I'm even having financial trouble keeping them all in food and litter. (I'm a grad student, aka, I have no money.) Has anyone been in a similar spot? If so, what did you do? How do I manage what is best for the kittens and what is best for me, with the understanding that I did not sign up for this, am doing the absolute best I know how to do, and desperately want the best for these innocent little bits?
I'd really appreciate any advice.