A good Samaritan story that needs a little help for a happy ending…
(submitted by Gary and Jane)
“These kittens are the last (and cutest) of a litter of four who were born outside this spring. Actually, the “mama cat” may also be up for adoption. (Our neighbor is willing to take Mama Cat but we have yet to see if she and our neighbor’s dog will peacefully coexist.)
This cat-rescue scenario began during the winter months when Mama Cat, then just coming of age herself, was abandoned by some “low-lifes” who were either evicted or just moved out on their own. Sympathetic neighbors helped to some degree by giving the cat leftovers from their (human) meals (i.e., spaghetti, bread, occasional meat scraps). Although malnourished to some degree, Mama Cat eventually reached breeding age and, of course, a male cat in the neighborhood wasted no time impregnating her.
When I became aware of the situation, Mama Cat had already had her first litter of kittens 4- 5 weeks prior to that time. I brought live traps to the house where they were living (outside) but had to abandon my pursuit when I discovered that a second litter of (three) kittens had just been born, all with their eyes still closed. Mama Cat had hidden them fairly well and I didn’t dare intervene at that moment for fear that she would not be able to effectively nurse the new litter if unnecessarily interrupted.
Much to my dismay, all three of the newborn kittens died within days; probably because she was nutritionally incapable of nursing both litters. At that point, I trapped Mama Cat and her first litter of kittens and they were all spayed and neutered within 24 hours. (Blogger’s note: WOW)
From that point forward, since none of them were feral, we housed the cat family in a large cage on our (covered) back porch. Having two adult indoor cats already, including a female cat who has made it clear that she’ll have nothing to do with “the potential intruders,” we have no other place for our rescue cats. They made it through a squelching hot summer, but now the overnight temps are swinging in the other direction and it won’t be long before they’ll be experiencing the discomfort of outdoor life once again. The other two kittens have each been adopted into good homes.
We were hoping that the remaining tabby kittens would work out in their first home, but it wasn’t in the cards and they came back to us a few weeks ago. (The potential adoption home had two young kids that were always grabbing at the kittens plus there was a small dog as well. Bad chemistry, to say the least, as the kittens never really had a chance to get used to the place.)
The tabby kittens are about four months old now, litter-trained, acclimated to people, and extremely healthy as they’ve been fed top-of-the-line food since they were weaned. As one would expect, they love to play. Please consider these wonderful little guys as new members of your household so they don’t have to spend any more time in our cage. We will not re-home these kittens to anyone who is going to declaw them, and they must be indoor cats only, with the possible exception of leash walks. (Some cats do very well on a leash.)
Call Gary or Jane at 881-2289 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
They would prefer to re-home them together but will consider separate adoptions. $20-adoption fee per kitten is 100% refundable with proof of initial vaccinations.