Hello, I am new to this forum but have been reading the many articles about feral cats/kittens and am feeling more confident with the situation I am dealing with.
3 weeks ago we found a neighbouring cat in a neighbours shed with two kittens. The mother [We named her Dolly} is a familiar cat that has passed through my garden ever since We had our own cat [1 year old] Dolly is aproxiamately 18 months old. Although she always came begging for food I always assumed she belonged to someone so never really encouraged feeding her.
Since finding her in the shed I began feeding her but the neighbour was talking about blocking her shed up as she doesn't want the cats there. So I have started feeding Dolly in my own garden and have opened up our shed for her and the kittens to sleep in.
Our local RSPCA animal shelter is full up so can't take them in . Anyway my daughter has decided to take one kitten in [she has a three year old placid cat] and we have decided to take the other kitten in [A bit worried though how my own cat will react and hoping she won't run away]
The mum is on a waiting list to be taken into a cat protection shelter but this will take up to 3-4 months I have been told. So the plan is this:
My daughter will take the kittens hopefully if we can trap them in the shed this weekend and keep them at her house in a very large dog carrier cage like this http://www.petsathome.com/find/category ... -is-V00225
I am going to visit the vet today to see if I can book the mother in for nuetering next week[ as I go on holiday next Sunday
my questions are
How shall I deal with mum when her kittens have gone will she be distressed? She is very friendly and craves affection and petting
secondly how long should the kittens stay in the pen before allowed out in a wider space in a room my daughter obviously has to think about cross infection fo her own cat and we know the kittens will need a check from the vet but should we aclimatise them first or take them to the vet as soon as possible.
Many thanks in advance. This is a totally new experience for me.
Dolly and her kitten near neighbours shed when we found her