Socializing kittens from a stray mother.
I have been feeding a feral queen for three years now. She was living in the compound when we moved in and found her very helpful as she kept the place rodent free.
She has given birth three times. She had three kittens during her first pregnancy but all died. She had another three kittens during her second pregnancy. I managed to give away two of them and keep one for myself which I had spayed when the kitten was six months old. All the three kittens were very difficult to catch and even up to now, the third one which I kept, although a bit sociable in a sense that you could pick her up and pet her at times is still very jumpy and does not really fully trust humans. She also hates it when I massage her with her flea treatent and would claw her way to freedom.
She gave birth again to another three kittens on her third pregnancy but it seems that mother cat is now getting to trust me that after a week after giving birth she actually transfered her kittens very near my sleeping quarters. I put the kitttens in a big box where she continued to nurse her kittens. I have practically seen the kittens grow up and they are now seven weeks old. I am able to hold and even play with them even in the presence of mother cat who also allows me to pet her.
Because all of them now trust me, Last week, when the kittens were six weeks old and already eating solid food, I used them (the kittens) to "trap" mother cat in a cage so that I could bring her to the VET to get spayed.
The kittens are getting to be very affectionate and just love all the attention I am giving them and have been eating both solid food and a supplemental cat milk substitute while their mother has fast recovered.
I was wondering if it would be advisable to associate the two new kittens with the mother cat and the other older kitten from the second pregnancy who are both not totally home cats?
As of now, the two new kittens are just a few days short of purring on my lap. I am afraid that all the hard work I have put in to transforming them into home cats will be wasted if I let them go with the two other cats that I actually refer to as "stray" or "slightly feral".