Re: Help- young feral kitten (eyes just opened)
Welcome, and I am very much like you...once I see something that needs help, I cannot un-see it. I would opt for taking the kitten and TNRing the mom. (TNR = Trap Neuter Release) You may be able to find an organization near you that could help you with the costs of TNR. The first litter of kittens I fostered, I trapped them and their mother in my garage and when we weren't progressing forward in there (too many hiding places) I seperated them and put the kittens in my bathroom for intensive socialization and when I called all around to find an organization to help me, no one would. I was finally in tears when I called the last number, and she helped me, so I got the Mother spayed and returned to my property.
She has been named Malibu and is now one of my very best kitties and sleeps on my head or against my chest at night.
Anyhow, after I caught her and the kittens, ANOTHER mother cat moved her 3 kittens into the shed Mallie and her litter vacated. I trapped the 3 kittens and put them with the original 4 in my bathroom to tame. All 7 went through an adoption center at PetsMart. I never saw the other mother-cat again.
In your case, if you can help, I would. At this point, I think I would opt to take the kitten while I can, to prevent the mother from moving it, and then TNR the mother as soon as I could trap her.
Best of luck!
ps...I have a horse, too. A dun Paso Fino, though throughout my life I've had one Peruvian, several Quarter Horses, one Arabian, one QH/Morgan and several Appaloosa's. Oh, and a Hackney pony!