If everyone has been following my story, you know I have three feral kitties who've been spayed/neutered/tested/vaxed, and put outside.
So tonight I went out to check on them and saw a strange cat that I had never seen before. I made a little kissy noise, and holey cow, she came RUNNING up to me. I reached out to pet her, and she butted her head on my hand, then turned around and stuck her butt in my face, and meowed, meowed, meowed!! I suspect she's in heat. The interesting thing, is that she has the same colour pattern as the kittens - that weird torby thing. Not a tabby, not a tortoiseshell. She looks very Main Coon-ish. She has a HUGE head, those pointy tipped ears, and that jowl hair that sticks out on their cheeks. She's a very pretty cat, and very handle-able. She must be someone's cat, or was someone's cat. She's kind of skinny, though not as bad as the kittens were.
Anyway, she's in my laundry room in a crate for tonight. I gave her a fungal/antiseptic spray as well. When I caught her the two girls went CRAZY. They woke my neighbor they were meowing so loud, and now they're hovering outside the laundry room door. Me thinks I caught mama cat tonight.
My problem is this - we are leaving Christmas day for 2 weeks. I have my animals taken care of, and I have someone putting food out for the kitties, but NO ONE is willing to feed/clean up after the feral kitties, especially with ringworm. I have no idea what to do with this cat. I have tomorrow to figure out where to take her, and the problem I had with the little ones is that no one has room. All the no-kill shelters are full. The only place that has room is Animal Control, and animal control is not a no-kill shelter. My only option at this point is to drop her off there, and see if I can re-adopt her when I get back. By then she will be available.
I'm going to email some of the rescue groups and see if I can get a foster home for her, otherwise I'm screwed.
If someone will take her for the two weeks, I'll get her spayed and put her back out when I get home (on the 8th of Jan!), but she cannot stay here.
On one hand I want to take her door-to-door tomorrow and see if she belongs to someone local, but A) I know I will go ape on who ever is letting their out cat out while in heat to breed and have kittens, and B) I don't think who ever owns this cats deserves to have her back, and if they do, I'd rather just get her spayed and let her show back up at home. BUT.. I don't have the time to get her spayed. ARG. I am stressing out right now. I thought I had all my ducks in a row with getting the other spayed/neutered and put back outside. They're close, they're eating, it's all good. Now there's another one? Who the **** is doing this? Who is letting their cats outside??????
I am so mad and stressed right now.
And tomorrow is CHRISTMAS EVE. I leave at 6am on CHRISTMAS DAY. Everything will be closed. I will have to leave her at the over night drop box.
I'm starting to cry just typing this. I have to take her away from her babies, and drop her off at a kill shelter?
Please, if anyone is in Florida (Palm Beach County specifically), who can take this cat for 2 weeks, please, please, PLEASE PM me.