Alright, I wasn't sure if this should go under the feral section or the breeding section but figured if it was in the wrong place someone would move it
Anyhow, here's the story...my boyfriend works at a small place on the edge of town. The total number of employees is under 20. Anyhow, people frequently drop cats off there and the employees would feed them. Well, the boss decided recently that it was time for the cats to go (they've been there for over 2 years I think) and they started trapping them and taking them to the shelter. WELL, the last one was trapped last night. My boyfriend called me from work because he didn't know what to do. The last one is a heavily pregnant female, that all the employees know (and several have kittens from previous litters) Anyhow, she's pretty aggressive and would be killed at our local shelters as "unadoptable" He didn't want to take her to the shelter (a death sentence) so he asked what I thought...I told him to bring her home. Currently we have her set up in an ex-large dog crage with a food dish, cat toy, litter box, nest box. She can be petted, but that's where the long and short of her socialization. She doesn't react well to sudden movement.
SO, now to the pregnant part. She's huge, and could be due anyday for all I know. This is at least her fourth litter. She's happy to be indoors but truthfully, I don't have much experience with cats. So I really need help. I know absolutely next to nothing (aside from feeding) about how to care for a pregnant cat. Let alone a feral cat. So, I'm hoping someone can "mentor" me a bit. I need to know things like when to expect the litter, how long gestation is, when is it appropriate to handle kittens (I'm hoping to make them adoptable), is she likely to kill her kittens, is there anything that my family or my pet chihuahua can catch from her, what kind of "extra" feed should she have being pregnant, is there anything special the kittens will need to eat, how to potty train the kittens, etc...etc...etc...I really need help. Right now it's still winter in PA, and frequently drops below freezing. I don't know of any shelters in the area that wouldn't kill her (and I know the local ones well). I would also like to have her spayed and tested...but would like maybe a list of places to take feral cats for these things? Anything you guys could help with would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, I'm going to read up. Thanks in advance