October 20th 2011 2:57 pm
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The ferals apparently have all survived the initial ordeal, thank the Ceiling Cat! The pawrents were up before dawn getting ready for the release. First the Papa brought out the cat carriers and lined them up. Then the Mama prepared the food to set out. She’d already seen action from 4 kittens who were anticipating breakfast (one must be the little male that’s already been done).
Finally she set down the food and the Papa started to release the kittens one by one. They all had to run past the food first to get away off the porch. Three of them did this immediately, but the last two lingered at the food dishes! Hurray!!!
Lastly, the Papa opened Aunt Bobbie’s cage. She didn’t seem to want to leave while we were standing there, but once we’d both come back in the house, we noticed she’d come out. Plus all the other kittens had returned to eat!
It was a little hard to see, because not only was it still before sunrise, but the weather is just horrible – rainy, cold and windy, affecting visibility through the windows. It does look like everyone has been back to eat now, including Mama Cat, who understandably took off the night before last when the trapping first began. (Been there, done that!)
Just now our Mama went out to put down some more food (she’s going to keep up the extra rations for a few days to make sure everyone is eating enough in order to aid rapid healing.) Kittens came out of the shelter – yea! – another triumph – she was afraid maybe they’d go somewhere else and hide, and like I said: the weather is abysmal out there. Here on the porch they can stay warm and dry and only a few steps from the food.
The Mama has been worried sick about all this, since instead of a one day event this turned into closer to two. But she’s glad that she and the Papa followed the advice of their friends and kept the kittens in last night while they were still woozy, rather than send them out in the storm. She remembers, after all, that Sleeper and I weren’t all that eager to eat either that first day after we’d been spayed, so the food issue probably wasn’t a problem.
Oh, and of those 6 cats caught this time, 5 were females - so, this will help quite a bit in restricting the feral colony growth. That puts the count up to 3 males and 6 females. Oh, and if you want to count us (assuming by some miracle we had managed to survive infancy – and I tell you the odds certainly didn’t look good!), that would have been a total of 11. The Mama says: “Can we stop now? This is making me nervous as a cat!!!” :)
Your family is doing such a great thing! We are happy to hear everything is going well and that all the ferals are handling it well too. Big purrs to you and sleeper and all the other kitties over there.
Wow! 5 females! You saved yourselves a lot of future trouble.
So glad you guys have an extended family now. We will purr that the babies will make it through this just fine.
Thanks, guys! Two of the kittens weren't there this morning, but neither were Mama C and Aunt Bobbie, so they possibly were with them. They do get food across the street, too, so they're probably over there. They were all there for dinner last night.
wow that is pawsome what your moma and pappa did for the ferals. At one time there were 11 of us in my old colony, it dwindled A(sadly) when the caretaker had to leave her home, there were only thre off us when mom took me out of there but atleast all the girl kitties had been spayed but there unfortunately there were several males they ere not able to trap before the care giver lost her job.
We will purr for the kitten too I know how tough it is to survive out there knowing there will be some constant food sure does reduce some of the stress.
lots of love.
Everyone's present and accounted for this morning. Looking good except for the usual eye discharge stuff.