(Closed) Cat owners or vets I need help!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can call animal control to take them… or let the mommy cat take care of them and if they stick around once they are big enough send them off to your friends?

Edit: I just read the 2nd half lol My Fiance has had multiple stray cats he decided to keep when they were 12 weeks or so… they adapt to humans fairly quick even if they weren’t for the 1st weeks of life. They’ll be okay I suggest let mommy cat train them up then when they are stable send them out to friends =)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It’s tricky to try to tame or catch a non domesticated cat.  You don’t want to upset her or the babies.  Do you have an animal rescue group you can call?  I understand you not wanting to call animal control.  They’ll take them to the city/county shelter and I get that’s not where you want them to go.  A rescue group will foster the kittens until they can be adopted and will ensure that they are not put to sleep.  I know that petfinder.com is full of animal rescue groups and you can type in your zip code to find a resuce group close to you.  I had a friend that saved a wild kitty and it cost her a ton in vet bills to get him back to health.  Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

double post, oops

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Check around to see if you have a Friends of Ferals network or some similar organization near you for Mama. If you do take the kittens to your local Humane Society I can almost guarantee they won’t be put down, after all who doesn’t love kittens? Most likely they would fostered out to a caretaker who has experience caring for and socializing kittens.

ETA- I  was distracted by my own Kitty while typing, and some other lovely ladies suggested similar advice! I’m sure you will be able to find assistance for Mama and her litter.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SoonToBeMrs.Kiss: I edited my post. However they will be scared of humans but they’ll get over it. When someone brought me my kitty she ran and hid for 8 days and I didn’t see her once! She sleeps with me every night now. They really do adapt well.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Keep an eye on them, young momma cats can be flighty mommas. Put a box or something out there so they can have some shelter. After a week or two trap momma, collect the babies and take them to a rescue. Keep kitten food out there for her, she’s in the milk makin’ business now.

And I gotta say it, please keep your cat inside.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My concern is not that outside cats make kittens, I’m not blaming you for the kittens under your bush and I admire you for trying to help them and your desire to make sure that their mother gets spayed.

Many outside cats get in fights with other cats or attacked by other animals. They get hit by cars. They get diseases that are not covered by vaccines. Most animals think that antifreeze smells like a delicious drink, or eat other things that are deadly for them. There are many awful people that hate stray cats and leave out poison on purpose. And there are many kind hearted people who decide to bring them in and keep them as inside cats, not knowing they actually have an owner.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would suggest checking around for a no-kill-shelter (we have quite a few rescues in CA). They may be okay though! Gosh, wish I had a better answer! Sorry and good luck!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have cats and several years volunteering at animal shelters. One of my cats came from a similar background.  Her mother, brother and her all have adjusted great to house life.  Her siblings went to a cat-only no-kill rescue and were adopted immediately.

1–do NOT take these kittens away from their mother.  As young as she is, she knows how to take care of them.  Newborn kittens eat every hour or so–it takes a very dedicated human to nurse them.  Animal rescue groups always keep mom with the kittens or put the kittens with another mom.  It is very difficult to socialize a cat who doesn’t have proper time with their mother–they never catch on to litter box use or cleaning themselves.

2–it is best not to touch them.  In a few weeks, they will start moving around and their eyes will open.  Then it is OK.  This is plenty of time to socialize them.  Mom will probably be a little more relaxed too.

3–the box, food and water are good.  She will definitely be looking to keep them in a safe, warm place away from predators.  Shredded newspaper is a good liner as it is easily changed and won’t suffocate them.  For food, give her a good quality kitten food so they are getting the extra nutrients.

4–do keep a close eye that she is still around, in case something happens to her.  She won’t wander too far on her own.

5–without trying to touch the kittens, spend some time just sitting there, talking to mom softly.  Don’t try to touch her.  She may never let you touch her, but after a few weeks of you bringing her food and water, she may let down her guard.

6–at about 4-5 weeks, the kittens will be VERY active.  Leave them kitten food soaked with water (change it twice a day so it doesn’t get buggy).  This will help wean them gradually.  If you take them away from mom suddenly, this will engorge her milk glands and be very uncomfortable for her.  They can go to good homes or a no kill shelter at about 7 weeks.

7–I understand about your cat being outdoors.  However, I highly recommend putting his food in the house and making him come in at specified times to eat.  Leaving the food outside will just perpetuate the problem you already have, attract rodents, etc.  Also, other animals may have diseases that they pass to your cat.  It will take a couple weeks, but he will get the picture.

8–Check into a trap, neuter, release program for the remainder of the cats.  There are organizations that do this.

 

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