I am going to THANK EVERYONE here for the positive vibes, thoughts, and prayers!!
No one would believe this story. This has been a horrible week waiting for mama to come around. As you know we had done everything to try to get her to surface so by yesterday and today the feeling of despair and hopelessness was increasing more and more. So, we were driving home from the usual rounds to feed the feral cats and on the way back out of no where I see a cat go across the street. Now I am thinking, probably not her but am always hoping. So I look, and IT IS HER! So now I am thinking well okay is she pregnant or not? And now what do I do? So she goes into the yard with a vacant house and sits there. I'm calling to her and trying to see if she first recognizes me, especially since it was dark. I get out the carry case open a can and pour some dry food in a bowl like usual. I set the case out, and she's just sitting there in the corner of the yard not budging. I won't approach her, I could tell she would take off if I did. So, I was with my mother, and she watched the cat while I went home to grab the trap and some string for the carry case. In the meantime, the owner across the street let out his large great dane, and I am thinking he is going to let him go after the cat. We made some noise to make it obvious that we were looking for an animal and he retreated. I took out the food from the case and made like I was putting it down again, but this time in the trap. Set the trap. (When initially caught, I got her in the carry case so she did not know what the trap was). She went to the trap, looked around and in a few minutes went in. Ok. So now we caught her. Now what? Couldn't tell if she was pregnant or not. But could tell if we let her go, we wouldn't see her again. So we called a rescue lady, and we decided take her home, check her, and search around for any babies. So we took her home (about 4 houses away). I checked her. Still pregnant!!! Now we aren't a 100% sure she didn't have any, but somehow she is as round in her belly as she was 6 days ago. She did however, lose alot of weight-I first noticed her tail bone was bony and then saw her back bone was sticking out. So even with all the food we put out, she never went to it. I let her walk around the room for a few minutes (ALL WINDOWS SHUT AND LOCKED!!!!) and then she sat under a chair and began grooming. I gave her a few minutes, and then picked her up and put her back into her crate, with food and water. As soon as we stepped back, she went for the can and finished it up. We went back to the area and looked and listened for any babies. Don't see anything-and will go back again to check. In the meantime, somehow miraculously we got mama back and she appears to be in the same pregnant state as when she left. If this is the case, I could not have asked for anything more at all!!!! As I am writing this, I just went back again with my brother and a dog to check for any possible babies - still nothing appears to be there. Anyway, Mama cat is now in the crate, relaxing. We will see if she will soon give birth. This whole story seems impossible, and it has been a horrible week searching for her. From my perspective, there is no way she could still have been pregnant, but it seems so. I am thinking that between her being so hungry, and that when she heard our truck coming down the road, she got startled. She knew the sound of our truck everytime we went to feed her. So I think between her hearing the sound and us coming down the road at the exact time she was crossing, would have been the only way we would ever find her. Everything was set up-and the fact that she went into the trap was a good thing also. I think we are just in shock that she is here. After all of that-she is BACK!! And, she didn't forget me! My mother noticed how mama cat was watching and looking at me-so I think she is grateful to some extent that I have helped her all along and she remembers. I am so happy and grateful for everyone here, all of the support and feedback! And I am beyond grateful that I have Mama cat here again!! Now will just watch and hopefully she will have safely and comfortably have her babies. And trust me, I am NOT leaving her around any open windows!!!!! I am glad I can remedy the mistake I made from my own negligence of leaving her unattended. I will learn to not be so trusting of comfortable-looking ferals and not multi-task when watching them! Thank you so much everyone!! To me this ending is unbelievable-in a very good way!!