Thank you, Heidi!
I don't think there's ever been a post from you that I haven't either agreed with or found useful with new/better information than I already have!
I guess I'm just too much of a softie for "my" kitties. Most people I talk to around here say they're "just" cats (and according to my dad, "d*mn" cats), who say I shouldn't be bothering with helping them at all, and just get rid of the whole lot.
Your post may be one of "tough love", but at least you sympathise with me!
I guess I will have to set the trap longer. One other thing I fear is getting a cat that's already TNRed. Granted, spending a night in there won't kill them, but I feel bad for traumatizing when it's not needed! :/
Cynthia was showing these symptoms at the time she had last year's kittens, and they all seem healthy (as far as I know...haven't tested for FelV/FIV) - I was able to get 2 adopted out, but my dad finally got mad at me and made me kick out the other 2 before they got tame enough for the rescue group to accept them. (and yes, they ALL got neutered/spayed!)
I explained the symptoms to my vet's secretary, and she said it sounded like Distemper. Though every time I look up Distemper on the internet, it always says it's fatal within a few days of no treatment. Somebody else suggested Cerebellar Hypoplasia (and said cats can live just fine with that...but that's house cats, who don't need proper coordination for hunting and escaping predators!)
While I hate to think of this, if I do get Cynthia before finding the kittens, they'll probably die of starvation and exposure...or predators. It's horrible for a 'civilized' person to realize...on the other hand, it is all a part of nature and the 'wild' world.
My sister's boyfriend has joked that he would come practice his bow hunting and get rid of the cats for my dad. Though if I DID ask him (which I really don't want to, because then he'll probably go after ALL of them), I would want his shots to be fatal, not "just anywhere" for "practice"
Dunno who else I would ask, that would do it for free...as I don't have money to "hire" somebody to come wait around for Cynthia to get to the feeding station (she comes anywhere from 10 A.m. to evening)
Also been trying to get Tangelo for the last year, too. He's not sick, I just gotta get him neutered...I have a voucher to get it free, but it expires at the end of the month! (had some last autumn that expired before I could get him, too!)
The thing that's most frustrating, is that these are the last two! After I get them taken care of, I am finished with fixing everybody (unless I get new residents!). The local TNR group keeps giving me vouchers for free fixing, as I'm low income...but I keep asking for more, whenever the old ones expire when I don't catch Tangelo, and I hope they don't think I'm exploiting the service!