I posted about these cats in the behavior forum but I think this might be somewhat different.
Long story short, we have in my office at home a feral mom who gave birth to kittens about a month after we got her in here. Since the kitties are now 3 months we are seriously wondering just how we are going to get them away from her so we can adopt them out. There is no question of the mom leaving my house. Ever. She is completely unadoptable and would surely be killed if we took her to any shelter. We don't mind that she stays but we have no idea how to take her kittens away. Momma cat eats food from the bowl when we hold it and, if she is hungry, will eat out of our hands. However, she hisses at any sudden movements (which is always just me trying to get up after I'm done feeding her! or me trying to sit down to do so). She's only scratched me a couple times since she's been here and that's because I got too close while cleaning the floor. She scares easily.
Basically she knows we give her food but she seems to be very much afraid. We know that's normal since, after all, she IS a feral cat, and we wouldn't push the issue if it wasn't for the kitty situation. We need to get them away from her. She doesn't mind us playing with the kittens but if one starts to cry when we try to pick him up, well, mom gets pissed.
We can only keep them maybe for another month (they would be 4 mo old then) so time is seriously running out. It's not like she has 1 or 2 kitties which we could grab and just leave quickly. She has 5 and two are such scary cats they jump at their own shadow and hiss if we try to come near them and then they run and hide. Those I'm especially worried about.
How do we get the kittens away without World War 3 breaking out? How do we make sure mom isn't going to be stressed out AFTER we take her kittens away? We can't help but have this horrible picture of her just crying all the time after her kittens are gone and if she goes crazy and stops eating I don't think I could handle it.
She does have one older kitten (about 6 mo old) which we separated from her when she gave birth. We are keeping her as well so mom at least has some company while being stuck in the one room (I have 3 dogs and a cat so I can't let her out of there for everyone's safety). We are now going to start re-introducing them tomorrow. We bought a crate to put the kitten in so we can get her inside the room with mom.
But we are just really worried about
1.how to get the 5 kitties out with minimal damage
2. what mom will do once her 5 kittens are gone. will she feel better because she has the older one? can she still go mental from the stress of having had her kittens taken away?
I'm so sorry this is so long but we are in a desperate situation.
We pick up kittens and feral cats all the time and we get them accustomed to people (with lots of patience) but we've never had a mom with kittens. It's usually just an older cat or kittens all by themselves. I should mention that there is no way of picking up mom AT ALL to take HER out while we get her kittens. She is way too feral and extremely scared.
Thanks for any help anyone can get us.