September 14th 2011 4:39 am
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I won’t go into a blow by blow description, but it was an even better case scenario than the pawrents imagined: Mama C. is caught AND Papa C. is caught AND the kittens are still on the porch under the shelter. Thank the Cat Gods!
Do not think that this bland account reflects an easy fun-filled time. It was definitely stressful for ALL of us. And both Mama C. and Papa C. fought like banshees once they realized they were trapped in those cages. They will probably have a few bruises and scrapes from throwing themselves against the sides of the cages, but hopefully there wasn’t enough room to do too much damage. Couldn’t be helped, unfortunately. And once our Mama and Papa threw covers over the cages, they quieted down.
Because the spay clinic appt was for so early, it was necessary to take the chance last night while they were there for dinner to do the trapping. They could be gone again by morning, and then it would be necessary to wait for the next clinic a month from now. Which all translates to a long wait overnight in the trap – once again, couldn’t be helped. It’s the main reason our Mama has dragged her feet about the whole trapping scene – she couldn’t stand the thought of that uncomfortable terrorizing night in the trap.
I will say this - though the original plan was to only feed a little bit, enough to lure Mama C. in, the reality was that everyone had a very fine meal! It turns out Mama C. is such a lightweight, she kept getting the food without setting off the trap! And did I mention the kittens? They wanted to get into the cage, too. The pawrents actually caught one of them by itself, but it did a “Houdini” when they tried to transfer it to a giant cardboard box. Might as well have been trying to unload a bird into there – it flew out the top!
Oh, and the only reason they were able to get the Papa C., too, was that some neighbors loaned the pawrents a second trap. And, let me tell you that we, Sleeper and I, could tell that the Papa C. was seriously and literally pissed off! Fortunately, the pawrents were smart enough to put the cages in the greenhouse, where the Mama can hose the place down later!
And joy of joys, when our Mama went to put down the food this morning in front of the shelter, she could hear little rustling noises inside. And when she looked out the window, all four kittens were present and accounted for at the food dishes. Whew!
Now we just wait to see how the surgeries and post op go. Will post an update later.
INCREDIBLE!!! Yer mama & papa is wunnerful peeples.
Elvis has left the building! Ah, that is, the deed is done. Cats, successfully spayed, are on their way back to the house as we speak. Hopefully, they are still a little woozy and don't give the Papa a hard time when he releases them from the traps.
YAY for yur mom N dad...headbonks...ouch to all, don't woree; they wont be sew angree they wont come bak for sum good chow !!!! happee in de end it all werked out N rather smoothlee two :)
As it happens, Mama C came back sooner than expected. Our Mama was tired and returned home early, and set out food just in case. Within a half hour, Mama C was there eating. Our Mama tried to stay hidden since she figures she might not be too popular right now. Papa C is still gone and the kittens are gone, but Mama C is the key. If she's back, so will the others be.
That's pawsome you could catch them!
You pawrents are doing an awesome job!! You're doing great! We are fury proud of what you guys are doing.