- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - UK
OK, so 5 days ago I posted about taking in a feral mother cat and two kittens (read the post here… this is not your usual feral cat issue! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/cat-advice-desperately-needed?replies=1#post-) You will be pleased to know that the mother cat is less aggressive with me now (she cuddles with me and trusts me), and she no longer runs all the way across the room to attack my other cats. However, she is still aggressive with them, and attacked my much loved favourite cat Ginger only a few hours ago for no reason, when he came to say hello (the kittens were in a completely different room, so it wasn’t that, either…).
This bothers me. I will leave the village in a few weeks, taking Ginger and quite probably one of the kittens to the city with me, where they will stay with a friend and get vaccinated before I go back to the UK. I would like Ginger to become socialised with the kitten beforehand, or else they will be difficult to transport together. What should I do?
– I could dump the Mum and the other kitten where I found them… but the other kitten would be at risk from dog attack and other things.
– I could put Mum back alone… but that isn’t fair on the other kitten, if I’m not taking her with me. She needs to learn proper skills from Mum… she is only 7 weeks old (approx).
– I could take both kittens to the city and then try and work something out for the other kitten… either a home with a person there, or with a friend in the UK? A high risk strategy, I think.
Now, if I do neither of these things (tricky… cat food situation is a problem as well), at what stage will Mum get sick of the kittens and leave of her own accord? Mum cats abandon kits young here… I’ve seen plenty of 8 week olds dumped by Mum around the village… but what if she decides to stick around because she is territorial? Now that really is a problem… for a whole new set of reasons…