Re: Feral Kitten Calling to Mom
I've had this happen.
They will eventually adjust. Is there any way you can reunite the mother with her kitten and socialize her, too? If not, they just *will* have to adjust.
I trapped Malibu and her litter in my garage when the kittens were about 8wks old. By 10wks, since I had made little headway socializing them in the garage (I coudn't get them to come to me) I seperated them. The kittens were trapped and placed in my bathroom and Mallie went to be spayed and was then returned to my property. She walked around/around my house, calling, and the kittens would call back to her.
I would go outside and blink at Mallie, telling her that her babies were fine and would get good homes. I would also do the same thing inside with the kittens, sit and talk to them, telling them they were off on a new chapter in their lives and would get great homes at the adoption center. I think they only called to each other for less than a week.
What helped me, was Mallie's litter was already very close to weaning age.