Hello. This is going to be long, so I apologize in advance. I just want to explain the situation. I moved to a new City in July 2012. Around November of 2012, this cat kept coming around to my deck. At the time, I did not know if it was a male or female, (come to find out she was a female). Anyway, My male Siamese would sit there at the glass doors leading out to the deck and watch her ... and she would watch him. I felt bad because she was SKINNY! So, I started throwing her some of my left-over Thanksgiving Turkey. Well, little did I know ... she started coming back every, single day after that. So, I started sitting out a bowl of food for her and water daily.
At this point ... if I would open the sliding doors ... she would run. Come spring time 2013, I saw she was really itching herself when she would come to eat ... but I could not get close to her or she would run. I started looking up online how to gain her trust ... and I followed steps. Finally, around March 2013 ... I was able to pet her some. I could not move though, or she would run. I was also able to put FrontLine Plus on her ... which helped with the ticks and fleas. I saw she was gaining weight ... but I thought it was just because I was feeding her. I was feeding her Wellness Core Dry Food and Wellness Wet Cat food daily. I have never had a female cat before ... so I did not know if she was fixed.
Well, towards the end of April, I did not see her for 3 days, which was not like her ... because she was at my house daily to eat ... and she would come to eat twice a day. I started worrying that something happened to her. Well, on the fourth day she came .. and she was skinny. So, I immediately said to myself ... I think she had babies! She would come to eat ... but she would leave right away ... and this was the case for several weeks. Then, after maybe 4 weeks or so ... she started staying longer after she ate ... so I thought maybe her kittens did not survive. I had NO idea where she had the kittens. There is like a mini forest in the back of my house ... and there is a fence ... where I cannot cross ... but she always went back that way.
Fast forward to June 2013. I was in my kitchen ... doing dishes ... and here I see Momma cat coming down the hill ... and there was a little kitten running right beside her!! I ran and got my phone ... and snapped a picture. So, she brought this one kitten to my house and she left! She was gone for like 30 minutes. I was like oh my goodness ... she brought me this kitten and she left. Well, then here she comes down the hill with another kitten. Then she left again. A little while later, she comes again with another ... and then she left. Then, finally here she comes again with the 4th kitten.
So, you can imagine my shock ... that is when I found this message board .. and I started frantically posting on here because I never had a female cat before ... let alone 4 kittens! I had NO idea what to do. I am only allowed to have ONE cat here. My Landlord almost did not let me move in with the cat that I have. However, I asked him to please call my past Landlord ... and he will tell him that there was no damage. So, he did that .. and then he said I could move in ... but I had to pay a double deposit.
Anyway, so here I am with the Mom cat .. and 4 kittens living on and under my deck. The kittens would watch my Mom cat as I fed her and pet her ... and the second day ... I was able to grab them quickly while they were eating ... just to pet them ... and get the ticks off of them. Fast forward some more ... after a week .. I set up a room in my house ... and one by one I brought each of the kittens inside. I could not bring the Mom cat inside ... even though she let me pet her .. I could not pick her up. I made an appointment for the Vets, and took all of the kittens to the Vets for check-ups and their first round of vaccines.
Well, a few days after I brought the kittens inside ... I see Mom cat mating with another male. So, I withheld food from her for a day ... set out a carrier ... put the food in there ... and she went inside and I hurried and closed the crate ... and took her to the SPCA for an Emergency Spay. Since that, the Mom cat has been indoors. It was tough for the first month or so ... because she really wanted to go back outside. However, now .. she wants NO parts of going outside. If she is sitting at the door ... and I go towards the door ... she runs the other way, haha!
Anyway ... I need to back-up a bit. So, I spend every, single day ... hours at a time ... socializing the 4 kittens ... thanks to YouTube Videos. I kept the kittens until they had all of their required Vaccines. After they were cleared from the Vet ... (I had them tested for FELV/FIV before I introduced my male cat to them). Once they were clear ... I would bring my male cat into the room .. and this really helped with socializing the kittens. They would watch him go in the litterbox .. and they started using the Litterbox! I found homes for 3 of the kittens.
I still ...a year later ... am trying to find a home for the Mom cat and her daughter. The Mom cat ... I call her Momma ... and the kitten, I named Simara ... because when I made an appointment to get her spayed (after not finding her a home) ... they said she is still "Kitten #4", so I named her Simara, so she had a name. I had trouble finding Simara a home ... because she was a hisser. She never bit anyone, she never scratched ... she is a total, total sweetheart .... she just hissed at EVERYTHING when she was a kitten. Every once in awhile ... is I am carrying something new ... for instance luggage ... and she cannot see my face ... she will hiss at me .. then I just look at her and I am like ... Simara, it's just me silly. Then, she comes up and rubs against me. But, when she was a kitten, she just hissed all the time, at everything. So, that is why I had trouble finding her a home when she was a kitten.
Momma cat .. she is a total sweet heart too!! She has come a LONG way in a year. She now plays with toys, she loves the Laser toy, she loves ping pong balls, she loves a squeeky mouse. The only thing with Momma cat is ... she is afraid of all plastic bags. I am not sure what happened to her in her past ... but whenever she hears a plastic bag, she runs. For some reason ... she is now scared of Thunder. She will go hide under the bed when it is storming out. She LOVES to be pet ... she will let you pet her for hours. She sleeps on the bed with me. She started using the Litterbox immediately, which shocked me. Although, maybe it was because she saw her kittens and my male going to the bathroom in it. She doesn't let me clip her nails ... but she will let the Vets clips her nails. Every time I try ... she will jump off the bed. She let me pet her legs/paws .. but if I go to try to do her claws, she does not let me. She also does not like to be picked up. She is hard to get into a crate to go to the Vets. I do live alone ... so maybe if I had someone here to help, it would be easier.
I have always fed my male cat Wellness Core Dry Food and Wellness Wet Cat food. So, that is what I have always fed Momma cat. Well, a few months ago ... she had a UTI. I got antibiotics for her ... but it came back and the Vet wanted me to put her on a prescription dry food. Well, I am not into feeding cats food that have corn and by-products in them. So, I took the dry food totally away from all of the cats ... and have only been feeding them wet food now for 3 months or so and Momma cat has been fine. No UTI's.
As of right now Momma cat and Simara are up to date on their Vaccines, but they are due by the end of June. I am looking for someone who understands Momma cats background ... and someone who is willing to be patient! I did dog-sit for my sister ... and Momma cat is scared of dogs! Simara was scared the first day ... and the second day she came out and would watch the dog ... but she would watch from up high. I am not sure how long it would take Momma cat and Simara to be totally ok with dogs?!?! I would prefer that Momma cat and Simara go to the same home together. However, if they have to be split up, Simara LOVES my Siamese, so I Simara and Momma both would definitely need to have other cats in the household.
I just cannot keep them. The reason I still have them, is because I do love them, but if my Landlord knew I had 2 additional cats, I would be in HUGE trouble. I have tried numerous times posting on FaceBook and I have had friends and family share the posts as well and I have not had any luck. I do not trust posting an AD on C.L. I have heard/read too many horror stories. I also do NOT have the heart to take them to a Shelter. I think they would go crazy living in a tiny cage. I am just trying to find someone who will be patient ... and allow Momma cat and Simara time to open up. They are scared of new people ... so I am sure it would take a few days. Simara opens up quickly ... it would probably only take a day or two. Momma cat it would probably take longer.
I would give the potential new owners each a crate for Momma cat and Simara. I would give several weeks worth of food, Cat Litter (I use Swheat Scoop), Litterboxes, their favorite toys, a big scratching post, Simara likes the card board scratching posts, so I would give both of those. Basically I would give you everything you need! I would also give you their Vet Records. I would be willing to meet someone from another state. I do have pictures of them, and will post some below. Also, if there are ANY questions at all ... please feel free to ask me!!
I just have to find them a home because my Landlord informed me he will be coming here soon to Pressure Wash the Deck, and then he will be coming back a few weeks after that ... to stain the deck. Not to mention I had the tube to my Ice Maker on my Fridge burst a few months ago ... and I still have not told my Landlord about that ... because I cannot have him come into the house and see the other 2 cats in here. So, I have the tube tied off with a zip tie. Thank goodness it is still holding it. Also, to be honest, I cannot afford to have 3 cats! I am spending $80.00 A WEEK on cat food, and $50.00 a month on Cat Litter, and then another $50.00 a month on their treats (freeze dried chicken). Yes, the cats do eat A LOT better than me!!! I just cannot afford it anymore ... I have racked up credit cards ... and to be honest, I am on my last credit card. I know, I am crazy ... but I cannot feed them nasty, cheap food ... and I have always fed my cat Wellness, so I don't want to switch.
PLEASE if you know of anyone who would be interested, please let me know. Also, this is already long, and I am sure I am missing things I wanted to say about Momma cat and Simara. So, if you have any questions please ask away!!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this!
P.S. Momma cat is the Calico, Simara (her daughter) is the Buff Colored Kitty and then my Siamese is Sebastian.