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post #1 of 10
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Two weeks ago me and my partner moved to a new house. We have a huge lawn and i've found around 10 kittens and 5 cats living in our bamboo trees. I've only managed to catch 3 kittens and have given them new loving homes and I've been told that they're all doing really well. I haven't been able to catch any for about a week though because my hands have been bandaged due to the amount of scratches and bites I've gotten! but I do plan to catch the rest of them eventually. I know I definitely won't be able to catch the adult cats as I have no traps and have been using food to lure the kittens in and the adults are a bit smarter. My partner thinks I should call the SPCA to come collect them but I know that they cannot be rehomed and will only be put down. I don't want to feel resposible for them being put down, but I also don't want to have to keep catching kittens and rehoming them for the rest of my life. I really don't know what to do.

Any ideas would be very helpful.
post #2 of 10
Congrats on a job well done so far! Sorry the people that lived there didn't know to spay and neuter the animals.

Here are some links to rescue orgs in NZ - I'd call around to see what turns up!

http://www.cisforcats.co.nz/rescue/catrescue.htm

http://www.petsonthenet.co.nz/links.htm#Cats%20only

http://www.h4ha.org/shelter-directory/index.php

I hope they don't list all the same orgs - but it's a good starting place!

for what you're doing!

Laurie
post #3 of 10
Oh - for the older cats, they can be trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned. It's called "TNR" (for Trap-Neuter-Release). You might be able to find an org that will help trap, spay & neuter them. At least that way there won't be an endless parade of kittens. And the younger kittens may be able to be taken in by a shelter that can take responsibility for rehoming them.

I hope you're able to find someone or a group to help.

Laurie
post #4 of 10
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Thank you so much for that! I now have a mission on my hands lol. I've been told to catch all the cats and bring them down to be desexed! She also said I can bring the kittens in and they will rehome them for me! Thank you so much for your help, I'll feel so much better knowing that they are all happy and safe and warm. Thank you very, very much
post #5 of 10
Put Gloves on when you Catch them and take a big Garbadge Can and put food in it. It worked for us. The older cat jumped in the Can and we held the lid down and took teh Can in the bathroom and let them out. They were very mean at first but it worked out.
post #6 of 10
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That is a very good idea, thank you for that. I rang the Lonely Miaow Association and they were so happy with what I've done that they've asked me to take a training course and do hand-rearing for young kittens and fostering for cats up to 6 months old! I'm so excited! Thank you all for your help
post #7 of 10
Thanks,
It works pretty good.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by BrittyJade_89 View Post
That is a very good idea, thank you for that. I rang the Lonely Miaow Association and they were so happy with what I've done that they've asked me to take a training course and do hand-rearing for young kittens and fostering for cats up to 6 months old! I'm so excited! Thank you all for your help
What wonderful - and exciting news! I'm glad TCS was able to help.

Please feel free to keep us posted - if you'll have any time! I'm especially glad there's such a great organization near you. It can be really tough when you're on your own.

Laurie
post #9 of 10
That is fantastic news! I wish there were more people like you out there.
post #10 of 10
Here is another good link:

http://www.alleycat.org/resources_care.html

They have a whole section dedicated to trapping and how to do it and how to make a drop trap as well!
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