Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Trapped lactating Mum without kittens
Hi, I haven't been here for a long time but I really need some advice. I think I messed up big time.
We had 5 feral houses on our porches last winter and on the 15th and 16th of this month we realized we had a momma cat and 4 babies in each of the 2 biggest ones. The one, Sunshine, I knew was pregnant but she has always just come to eat and I've never been able to get her in. The other, Sookie, is just a wee little thing and I had no idea she was even old enough. They have been nursing each others babies and get along fine. Sookie went into heat again last Wednesday and there have been 3 big toms fighting and trying to mate with her ever since. She doesn't seem to want to mate with any of these males and cries and hisses at them when try to mount her. Sunshine has moved her kittens twice since the toms came but always brings them back. Last night she moved them across the street and they nearly got hit. I'm really afraid one the kittens is going to get injured in all of this.
I bought a drop box trap and caught Sookie this aft. The toms finally left. I can't get her spayed till Monday and she is up in the spare room in a crate. I'm moving her into a bigger one tomorrow. The kittens are still in their house. They're eating solid food but still nursing and I believe they're about 8 weeks or more but am not sure.They are not coming out and I don't know how to trap them if they aren't coming out to eat in the trap. I should never have trapped Sookie without the kittens and am thinking of letting her back out. Sorry to ramble and hope this makes sense as I've only had a couple of hours sleep each of the last 3 nights. The ultimate plan was/is to get both mothers spayed and release them, get the 8 kittens in, socialize them and find them homes. Any advice?