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post #31 of 162
Great big vibes to you and your effort, I know it's hard work I trapped 16 and I know you'll get your last baby to. I ended up keeping 6 of the ones I trapped I'm not doing it again Good Luck and Prayers that everything goes good, And Thank you so much for careing about them I know in my Heart that there are alot of people who care, there just aren't enough people that care enough
post #32 of 162
Eileen , I just caught up with this thread. What you and your friends are doing for these kitties and Little Ma is wonderful. Little Ma won't have to be a mom anymore and the babies will have a chance at a good life. Here's {{{vibes}}} for catching the tortie baby soon.
post #33 of 162
Wish you all the best, the mother of my two was a tortie feral known as 'Alley Cat', unfortunately after my boyz were born, she was so poorly she had to be put down. Roly and Macavity were 3 weeks when I took them home, perhaps because they were so young the feral instinct wasn't so strong, they are now 2 gorgeous lovable characters. I think what you are doing is amazing , here in the UK we seem to be a bit luckier with voluntary organisations, but we still have the same problem. The PDSA and Cats Protection League recently ran a scheme during the summer to neuter cats for nothing I would love to know what the response was, anyone any ideas?
post #34 of 162
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Originally Posted by eilcon View Post
Big to Susie and thanks to all of you for your vibes and prayers today.

Like I told you Eileen, I am not there to help you save these kitties lives, but I want to help in what little way I can......If I can help spay even one kitty, then I feel wonderful!
post #35 of 162
Thread Starter 
Thanks to all of you for the vibes, prayers and encouragement this weekend, also for sharing your experiences with trapping. You inspire me!

Unfortunately, we didn't trap the little tortie today. I'm beginning to think of this kitten as the mystery kitty because one of the neighbors said she saw her, another is positive that Little Ma only had two kittens (the one's we already trapped and a third thinks this is an older kitten from a previous litter. Had two traps set today and manage to snare several of the neighborhood cats that had already been fixed, but no tortie. In spite of some reservations, I put a trap back in the abandoned house, but the food wasn't touched. So, the feeders are going to start putting food out again tonight to see if the mystery kitty makes another appearance. We'll keep trying!

Meanwhile, Little Ma seems back to her fiesty feral tortie self, so I'm planning to release later tomorrow. Her family is very anxious to have her back. The kittens are hissy and scared, but eating well and using the litterbox with no problems. The gray/white is definitely the bolder and more curious of the two and looks at me with these huge eyes when I speak softly. The little orange guy just growls and backs into the corner of his box. He has the cutest little white-tipped feet!

I'll keep you posted on the trapping efforts. Please keep our mystery kitty in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks!
post #36 of 162
They are the worst and the fiercest to catch. When I first trained as an animal nurse I used to dread torties. They have such attitude and tempers to match. Perhaps that's why they make such good protective mums. From two adoptive ferals Maccavity and Roly we send you all the best.
post #37 of 162
Eileen....I love your updates.
I feel like I am right there with you on your TNR experiences.
My heart will be with you as you release Little Ma.

Maybe there still is a chance that the tortie kitten will be caught.
The babies sound adorable.
post #38 of 162
I know the people you are working with are experienced cat trappers but I have one thought. When I was trapping strays around my house a few years ago this was the one thing that worked to catch the really stubborn kitties. I spread newspaper in the bottom of the trap so the wires weren't visible. Then I drizzled juice from the cat food from the front to the back of the trap and put the can of food at the back of the trap as usual. This worked to trap a pregant kitty I'd been desparate to catch before she gave birth. She gave birth to four kittens at the no kill shelter two days after I trapped her.

I hope you can trap that last tortie baby. Here's more {{{go in the trap baby}}} vibes.
post #39 of 162
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Originally Posted by Jean44 View Post
I know the people you are working with are experienced cat trappers but I have one thought. When I was trapping strays around my house a few years ago this was the one thing that worked to catch the really stubborn kitties. I spread newspaper in the bottom of the trap so the wires weren't visible. Then I drizzled juice from the cat food from the front to the back of the trap and put the can of food at the back of the trap as usual. This worked to trap a pregant kitty I'd been desparate to catch before she gave birth. She gave birth to four kittens at the no kill shelter two days after I trapped her.

I hope you can trap that last tortie baby. Here's more {{{go in the trap baby}}} vibes.

Thanks, Jean. That's exactly what we did to trap the first two kittens. The tortie, aka "mystery kitty" didn't fall for it.

That could be because there isn't another kitten. I'm not completely convinced, but the neighbors now believe the tortie they saw is definitely one of Little Ma's from a previous litter. They saw her yesterday running from the abandoned house to another home down the street, where's she fed. I can see how they'd mistake her for a kitten. She is on the tiny side. I know this because she's one of four females from the neighborhood that I took to be fixed this morning.

Like I said, I'm not completely sure there isn't another kitten, so I'll have the neighbors keep feeding and watching for another and will set the traps again this weekend. There's still one ferale female we know of, a tuxedo, who's yet another Little Ma's offspring that I want to get ahold of before winter.

Meanwhile, I posted some pics of Little Ma's orange and gray/white little boys here if you're interested:
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...59#post1394959

They've now been treated for fleas and earmites and I'll make an appointment to get them fixed, vaccinated and tested sometime in the next few weeks. I just want to have a little time to work with them first. The gray/white one, whom I've named Micky, has already let me pet him and bit and hold him. He's a curious, talkative little guy. The orange, named Monty, is going to be a challenge. He's quite the hissy, growly boy. Even tried to bite me this morning through the gloves. He seems curious too, just scared to death.

That's it for now. Please keep the vibes coming that if there's a tortie baby out there, she makes an appearance and that I can make some progress with the little guys. Thanks!
post #40 of 162
you can totally tame the two kittens. my kitten came to me at a little older than 12 weeks actually. he's a bit different, he actually followed my boyfriend home - running after him meowing one night and came up to us to be petted and when i lured him inside without too much trouble (he was very curious about coming in the apartment so it was easy), he slept curled up with us the very first night all night long (after he hissed once at my greyhound so granted he was tamer from the start than the kittens you have (i checked around, he wasn't anyone's pet, we figure he just survived by being sweet to people and getting them to feed him) but i think at 10 weeks, it's totally doable. my boy does have what we call his feral mode where he'll just go playful nuts about once or twice a night - i wonder if all kittens are like this or if it is because he was a stray at one point. i've never had cats before so i have no idea (i am a dog/greyhound person, i didn't even like cats at all until this little guy. i don't even know how he got me to bring him in the apartment that first night but now i adore him.) i love kittens around 12 weeks of age - SO adorable.

anyway long post - basically i just wanted to say my kitten was successfully turned into an indoor only cat at 12 weeks so you can do it! yay for all you're doing for these little babies and what you did for their mom! but do watch out for them running out the door at first any chance they have. my boy still does this sometimes - he's also really good at faking me out so i go one way to stop him from running out and he goes another and then i have to run all the way downstairs to get him (luckily my apartment has two doors downstairs so he can't get outside even if he leaves my apartment).
post #41 of 162
Thread Starter 
I can't believe I forgot to mention this but Little Ma has been released and her family is thrilled to have her back home. They're actually able to touch her and are considering bringing her and a tame male (already fixed) that they feed into the house for the winter.

Her babies are cute, cute, cute! Mickey (the gray/white one) has completely amazed me by turning out to be a little lovebug already. I was holding him this morning and he crawled up inside my sweatshirt and just purred away.

I'm going to give Monty (orange) a little more time before I try handling him again. I was able to get him to play with a feather toy for a bit this morning and there a was a little less hissing and growling. He also came out the box to eat and use the litterbox while I was in their room, so he's at least getting a little more comfortable in my presence.
post #42 of 162
post #43 of 162
I saw their pictures and am now weak with cuteness.
Awwwwww, what precious babies.
post #44 of 162
I just wanted to say Bless You for helping out these cats in need, you are doing a great thing.

Im glad your two babies are doing better now, I looked at the pictures and I have yet to see a cuter bunch of babies :-)
post #45 of 162
Thread Starter 
I just got off the phone with the woman who lives next door to the abandoned house where we trapped Monty and Mickey. She said there's been people in and out of the house yesterday and today - the owner and an appraiser, she thinks. Good thing we got the babies out when we did!

Still no sign of another kitten. I'm beginning to agree with the neighbors that it was the little tortie from down the street that they saw. Hopefully, with Little Ma now back at the site, she'll draw the third kitten out if there is one. Don't worry, I won't give up. If there's a tortie baby, we'll get her eventually!
post #46 of 162
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Don't worry, I won't give up. If there's a tortie baby, we'll get her eventually!
I know that you will Eileen.
post #47 of 162
Thread Starter 
I just have to say how much fun it is to have these little guys around! It's official - Mickey has decided that humans get the stamp of approval and that laps are a wonderful thing!

Made some real progress with Monty last night. We spent a long time playing with the feather and he loved it! With him so distracted, I was able to sneak in a couple of quick pets and scritches, including around his ears. He loved that too, until he realized it was me touching him instead of the feather. Then, I got a hiss! I have no doubt, given some time and patience, that Monty will decide humans are okay too!
post #48 of 162
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Originally Posted by eilcon View Post
I just have to say how much fun it is to have these little guys around! It's official - Mickey has decided that humans get the stamp of approval and that laps are a wonderful thing!

Made some real progress with Monty last night. We spent a long time playing with the feather and he loved it! With him so distracted, I was able to sneak in a couple of quick pets and scritches, including around his ears. He loved that too, until he realized it was me touching him instead of the feather. Then, I got a hiss! I have no doubt, given some time and patience, that Monty will decide humans are okay too!
post #49 of 162
Thread Starter 
More news - the little guys now have appointments to be fixed, tested and vaccinated on Tues. of next week!
post #50 of 162
Good. My donation should be there today, so I hope that helps pay for one or two of them at least! How I wish I could adopt them all!
post #51 of 162
I'm so glad you were able to get these kitties (and the humans) they help they needed I can hardly begin to comprehend the number of unwanted kittens you have prevented from being brought into this world Big round of applause for Eileen!
You're Great!!!!!!!
and big thanks to you too Susie, for your help!
post #52 of 162
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I'm so glad you were able to get these kitties (and the humans) they help they needed I can hardly begin to comprehend the number of unwanted kittens you have prevented from being brought into this world Big round of applause for Eileen!
You're Great!!!!!!!
and big thanks to you too Susie, for your help!
I'll agree with part of that Katie!! EILEEN IS GREAT!!
post #53 of 162
Great job Eileen! Those two kittens are just too cute, and now they will have great lives thanks to you and the folks in the neighborhood.
post #54 of 162
Thread Starter 
Awww, thanks guys! Your vibes, prayers and support played a big role in ensuring these babies are safe.

Even with Little Ma back at the site, there's been no more sightings of the "mystery kitty," but the neighbors are continuing to feed and keep an eye out and will let me know if they spot a tortie. I'm tied up with work related responsibilities for the next two weekends, but will try trapping again after that.

Little Monty is continuing to make progress. I was able to pet him last night without the benefit of the feather. He loves having his ears scratched. He's still not quite sure of me and startles easily, so we'll just continue to take things at his pace.

Mickey, meanwhile, is one wild and crazy kitten! I've been keeping the little guys in a playpen in order to handle them better, but let Mickey out last night for some supervised play. He's one confident and happy baby! He ran around the room nonstop for well over an hour, checking everything out and have a great time. When Monty's a little more sure of himself, I'll let him out too and eventually do away with the playpen.

That's it for now. Thanks!
post #55 of 162
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Originally Posted by eilcon View Post
Awww, thanks guys! Your vibes, prayers and support played a big role in ensuring these babies are safe.

Even with Little Ma back at the site, there's been no more sightings of the "mystery kitty," but the neighbors are continuing to feed and keep an eye out and will let me know if they spot a tortie. I'm tied up with work related responsibilities for the next two weekends, but will try trapping again after that.

Little Monty is continuing to make progress. I was able to pet him last night without the benefit of the feather. He loves having his ears scratched. He's still not quite sure of me and startles easily, so we'll just continue to take things at his pace.

Mickey, meanwhile, is one wild and crazy kitten! I've been keeping the little guys in a playpen in order to handle them better, but let Mickey out last night for some supervised play. He's one confident and happy baby! He ran around the room nonstop for well over an hour, checking everything out and have a great time. When Monty's a little more sure of himself, I'll let him out too and eventually do away with the playpen.

That's it for now. Thanks!
Elicon...wow...you and your neighbors are quite dedicated!! I just wish all neighbors were as caring for cats. Keep us updated!!!

Katie
post #56 of 162
Reading about your adventures with Monty & Mickey fills me with joy Eileen.
We are all with you....
post #57 of 162
i have just read all this thread, and good on you Eileen for doing so much for these cats, it is wonderful to know that Little Ma wont be having any more babies, and that some of her babies will never get that chance.
post #58 of 162
Thread Starter 
Guess who purred for me this morning and decided he loves being scratched under the chin - vicious little Monty! What a little dollbaby! That sweet sound made my day.

Not much new to report on Mickey, other than he is totally crazy and tons of fun!
post #59 of 162
Can we see more pics Eileen?
post #60 of 162
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Can we see more pics Eileen?
I'll get more this weekend and post them on Monday.
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