Feral I've trapped/spayed may be nursing kittens - what now?
Well, I'm a little uncertain what to do and need some quick answers from cat people. I've had two feral cats, I've always assumed were sisters, that I've fed in my barn.
Two weeks ago I found feral kittens born in my barn. I've since taken them and brought them inside, they're happy and healthy and will make fine pets when I find them homes.
Last week I successfully trapped and spayed their mother. She's been recovering in a large dog crate in my spare bedroom. I do know that it's best to keep them quiet after surgery if possible.
This morning, I trapped and spayed the mother's sister.
She appears to be bagged up as if she may also be nursing a litter somewhere, who knows where. They aren't in my barn. Initially, I was told by this clinic (the clinic specializes in low cost spay neuter of ferals) that if she was in fact nursing a litter I can't find, that she could be turned back out to tend them even after the surgery... that it's not the best, but sometimes we do what we can and hope for the best.
So I had been thinking I would keep her tonight until I was sure she had recovered from the anesthetic, and eaten a good meal, and then turn her back out. She would have been away from the kittens less than 24 hours that way.
Now I called to check on her, and now a different tech is telling me I can pick her up in a couple hours, but that I should keep her 7 days to recover, that she can't be reunited with the kittens or nurse them now, regardless.
That's not what I was told before I did this! I didn't know I would be condemning a litter of kittens to starve if I did this.
I'd appreciate the thoughts of some of you... I'm sure this isn't a new issue.