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Hello everyone! I just registered for this account and here I am introducing myself...

I don't actually have a cat yet, but there's a feral cat who gave birth on our door step (in an apartment building) a few weeks ago and my wife and I have been taking care of her and her 2 beautiful baby kittens ever since. My wife has resisted getting a cat for a while for various reasons, but now the baby kittens have gotten to her and we might take that step and adopt the whole family. The cat is very friendly and not afraid of people at all, and she's practically been living in our building for the last month or so. She gets up and starts purring whenever she sees me or my wife, and when we pet her she's always very happy about it and she starts rubbing her body against our clothes and acts all sweet and lovely.

Naturally I don't expect her transition to domestic life will be as smooth. I let her into the house and she sniffed around a bit but always had an eye on the door and always got back out after a short while. If I take her in I will have to take her and the kittens to the vet and get them all cleaned up, so I don't think I will be able to let her go outside again without risking her getting sick (of course I'm hoping she won't already have any diseases, but it won't change anything even if she did). All in all, I expect there will be some inevitable trauma with the transition, but hopefully she will overcome it quickly.

I don't have much past experience with cats. We used to have one when I was a little kid, and recently my younger brothers got one at the family home, but I have never been a cat's primary caretaker before. I thought I would create an account and hang out around here with fellow cat caretakers and get their valuable advice.

I wish you all well, and I'll see you around.
 

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Thanks! They really are beautiful, lovely, and quite playful :)

I will call the vet today and probably start the transition process tonight. I will post updates on our experience, hopefully that will help anyone else that comes along later on.

P.S.: Many thanks to the moderator for moving this post to the Feral Cats forum. I realized that my post might have been a little too long for a new member post, and I was planning on posting the updates to the Feral Cats forum. Thanks for helping with that :)
 

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They will transistion to the indoors just fine! Lots of people have strictly indoor cats - I have 5! Yes, most definitely get them all fixed as soon as practical. You live in Cairo, Egypt??!! Wow! Do you have a feral problem there? This momma is most likely a stray not truly feral. If she is this friendly she was someone's pet at some time. The kittenss are adorable and momma is very pretty.
 

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Well, we don't have an organized TNR society, and animal control isn't that active or effective around here. Many people volunteer to take care of them like we do, though, and some vets treat injured ferals and strays for free if you take them to their clinics. The conditions are less than ideal, of course, but we don't have a shortage of kind people who do whatever they can to help.

I don't know if she was someone's pet before or not, but she might have been since she's generally very skinny and doesn't seem like she was doing very well on her own. Maybe someone else was taking care of her in their garden or on their door step like we currently are.
 

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Progress update

Here's an update on our progress with this beautiful family of cats:

We finally got them all inside the apartment this morning and closed the door. The mommy is still a bit uneasy as she keeps sniffing at the door every now and then, but generally they seem to be adjusting fine. The babies seem to like it here and they have warmed up to us quite a bit. The black and white one is a very brave and naughty boy, and the other one is a girl and is still a little shy but she's starting to get some courage to explore and play around freely.

Right now we have them contained in the vicinity of the apartment door, with the guest bathroom and some room to move about. We made a makeshift baby gate with two low cardboard boxes, just so the babies wouldn't run around in the apartment while they're still so small. The mommy can hop over it easily and has done so and explored a bit before hopping back inside. I put a litter box for the mommy in the guest bathroom and got her some of the sand from a construction site across the street, where she used to do her business before. Hopefully she would start using the litter box soon, and after a day or two I will start gradually swapping out the sand with the clean odorless stuff.

I would love to get comments about how well I'm doing so far, and anything I might be doing wrong or that could be done better. I also have a few questions that I would appreciate any help with:

* Do I need to make a separate litter box for the babies? And how do I train them to use it since they've never been to the street before? (I don't even know where they've been doing it so far since I haven't seen any of their droppings when they were outside. The porter may have been cleaning up after them, though, so I'm not really sure.)
* Do I make a separate litter box for each one, or just one for the two of them?
* The boy is starting to eat some of his mother's food. Yesterday and today he just pulled some of the food from her plate and devoured it. Should we start making food for him? And what about his sister? Do we try to feed her or let her come to it herself? Also, what kind of food is best for them? Same stuff the mommy eats or something special? I think they're about 5 weeks old by now.

Finally, I need to take them to the vet on Saturday to get them all checked up and vaccinated, etc... Any tips for doing this without traumatizing the mommy? The kids I guess will be fine, right now they're fascinated by every single thing so I think they might be more excited than scared. I just don't know how I can transport her in the car all the way to the vet with as little trauma as possible. All tips are welcome!

Thanks, and sorry for the long post :oops:
 

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What a lovely story! If she is anything like my boy she may not be keen on a cat carrier, I'm no expert but watching animal planet all the time (tad too much) they almost always put mum in one carrier and babies in another but make sure they are next to each other and have a great view of each other (others will probably give a better idea for travel though!) there's lots of little recipes online for kitten food, almost always has baby food in and it's like a thick creamy meal for them, it certainly sounds like you're doing great and should be very proud :)


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I think you are doing really, really great!!! I'm not an "expert", but I think one litter box right now for all of them will be ok, as they get bigger you will probably need one more. I would also let the kittens come to the soft food on there own, at 5 weeks, I think it is ok for them to start eating this, can you get any canned kitten food? They are beautiful!!!
 

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Thanks everyone for your sweet words :) We're still trying to find our way together, but so far it's going well. Mommy seems to have found her way to the litter box; I woke up this morning to find she had used it at night. It took a few adjustments to get to that result, and we had to leave the bathroom door half-closed so she would feel it's private enough. The babies, however, were urinating in a corner near where they play, so when we found that out I dried it up with a tissue and put it near the litter box, then wiped the place very well with disinfectant to make sure they don't go there again. I think they're starting to find their way to the litter box too, but maybe they're still too little to understand the concept. Some people say their mommy will help with that once she herself starts using the litter box, so there's hoping.

The babies are still mostly on breast milk, but whenever we put food for the mommy they sniff at it and sometimes try a bite or two. I put some food on my fingers today and tried to give it to them, but they just sniffed at it and went on playing. By the way, the are the most adorable thing in the world when they're playing together! And when I walk in near them they just start climbing my pants legs :D But today I started teaching them not to do that anymore because they tried to climb my wife's leg and ended up scratching her skin :(

We will take them to the vet tomorrow, hopefully that trip would go smoothly and wouldn't be traumatic to anyone.

Thanks again everyone, and I hope everyone else is having as splendid time with their furry friends as we are :)
 

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I'm not a member of any other web forums, so I just find it amazing to be communicating with someone in Cairo, Egypt about the kittens a feral cat just had. So many of the issues cat lovers have are universal. I would like to ask a lot more about the treatment of cats, and the acceptance of them there (having been treated as Gods in the ancient history of that region), but that will have to be another thread. I've already wandered too far off topic.
 

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I'm not a member of any other web forums, so I just find it amazing to be communicating with someone in Cairo, Egypt about the kittens a feral cat just had. So many of the issues cat lovers have are universal. I would like to ask a lot more about the treatment of cats, and the acceptance of them there (having been treated as Gods in the ancient history of that region), but that will have to be another thread. I've already wandered too far off topic.
Indeed, cat lovers are quite universal. However, that ancient history stuff is just that; ancient history. Nowadays it's mostly just like anywhere else in the world.

Perhaps we could start a thread where people from around the world can discuss what it's like for feral cats in their country :D
 

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Just a quick update on our experience with this lovely family so far:
  • We didn't go to the vet last Saturday because the mommy freaked out and wouldn't stay in the box even long enough for me to close it on her. Thankfully she wasn't traumatized and she just went out and sat next to me with a slightly puzzled look on her face, like she doesn't understand what I was trying to do exactly. We decided she needs more time to get used to us, and we will try again next Saturday.
  • Meanwhile, the kittens have grown quite used to us and the house. They run around and play together all the time, and they are the most adorable thing ever! They're very easily excited, and of course I have quite a few scratches on my hands as a result...
  • The whole family is using the litter box without much trouble. The kittens peed on the floor a couple of times, but I cleaned it up with disinfectant so they won't do it again in the same place. I replaced the smelly sand completely now, and we're using the odorless stuff. So far I've been cleaning it daily to make sure they don't have an excuse for going outside the box.
  • We got a few recipes for cat food and we've been feeding her a few times a day until she's done nursing the babies. As for the babies themselves, it seems the only thing they eat with a fierce appetite right now is boiled eggs, and usually they just eat the yellow part and leave the egg whites. The other stuff they just sniff at or take a small bite then run away to play.
So far it's been a wonderful experience, and we're glad we did it.
 

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I don't have anything to add other then that you're a great storyteller and I look forward to hearing more about your new additions :)

(And pictures!! More pictures!)
 

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Thanks! It's been quite a rewarding experience overall. I will take some more photos today and upload them; it's amazing how the babies have grown just in the past week!

They are getting more confident every day. Tonight we actually went out to find them sleeping on an armchair instead of the floor. Mommy started to move about more confidently, and actually last night I think she was even playing around and enjoying her time, which is something I haven't seen her do since she came in. She was running across the place, hiding under some of the furniture for a few seconds, then running across in the opposite direction! I was happy she started moving around and exercising; I was worried she wasn't getting enough exercise since she was used to running in the street before and now she only walks around from one place to another, and most of the day she's nursing the babies.

We want to make another attempt at taking them to the vet this Saturday. Hopefully it will go better than the last one now that she's more used to us.
 

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It is wonderful to follow your progress with mom and the kittens. You are an angel to take this family in, and they are the luckiest cats in the world to have you, and they will never forget it. Can you possibly get a cage or crate that closes to get the momma cat into? I would not think it would be possible to take her in a box, she will get out of that in 2 seconds. I think you were right to wait a bit before taking her in though, and she sounds like she is adjusting well. I have no idea about caring for kittens that little, from birth, but maybe you could call the vet and speak to someone in the office about how old they have to be before they are de wormed and given shots? Sounds like they are thriving in a nice safe environment now, who knows, they might not even have survived this far if they were still outside. You are amazing for doing this for this family. Can't wait to hear more progress with this special little family. Any ideas for names yet? Didn't you say the little black and white one was the naughty one? I have a black kitten, he is approximately 9 months old, but still very much in "kitten mode", and he just climbed the curtains for the second time this morning. He is a troublemaker! His brother is the complete opposite, sedate and calm.
 

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Photo time!

Photo time! As for names, we named the mommy "Basbousa", which is the name of a very sweet eastern dessert (see here). The girl is Cinnamon (for her fur color) and the boy is Silvester (for his fur color and naughty attitude).





 
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