Jeanie - Nope, she was born in the wood pile by our old shed, out in the back yard in mid-May. I was just able to FINALLY catch her last week. I'm just that
good at taming wild kitties
Heidi - I know at least my group is full. Besides, I planned on keeping her anyway... she just can't be in the house because my dad doesn't want cats inside (he's -barely
- tolerating Paizly and Nebbie), and I got a "Feral Fix Voucher" to spay her for free on the condition she remains a feral and not a household pet.
Her brother and one sister are already in foster homes (I caught them a couple months ago, and the brother was totally tame, other sister was about where Zinny is now...skittish, but doing okay with calm handling). Her other sister, Disco, is still "at large" LOL She hangs around the patio/feeding station just about every day - I'm hoping that this is one thing that will contribute to Zinny going back without too much trouble.
Their mother, also hanging around a couple times a week, will be gone as soon as she gets trapped...or at least that's the plan. I realize most TNR advocates don't approve of euthanizing, but the poor girl is in such BAD shape. Not only does she have respiratory infection, she's skin and bones, and I think has a neurological condition because her head wobbles, she usually walks sort of sideways/drunken and she shivers and shakes after standing up from resting...I just think it'll be better to not have her suffer like that through another winter
I'm really just worried about that Zinny's been gone for a month (Oct. 1 to beginning of Nov.) if the other cats WILL remember her, or forget that she used to be one of them. Inside, she has chosen the exact same hiding and resting spots that her fostered sister used...so I'm kinda hoping it'll work in reverse!
I think when I release her, I'll do it in the morning and sit out on the patio for a couple hours - then she'll know I'm still here, and not going to just disappear (into the house) and leave her on her own. Unless of course she decides to run off...then I'll be the abandoned one! LOL