One of the worst scenarios for a rescuer is allowing a cat to get pregnant; the whole point is to prevent that. However, it happens all the time, and it's usually not because the rescuer "failed." Not every situation is the same. I know of one rescuer who tried to trap a cat over the course of 5 years. The cat simply would not be trapped, and during that time she had several litters. The rescuer continued to feed her all that time, knowing full well that it would only result in more kitties until she was trapped, but I still think she did the right thing (she eventually trapped the cat, by the way). In Cathy's case, the cat was already pregnant and she decided to feed her. If she didn't have the money to spay (and abort) her at that time, then she didn't have the money. I hate it when people say "I would find the money." If the money was there to be found, there wouldn't be an issue, would there? And what would Cathy's alternative be, let the cat starve? As I said, one of the biggest goals of a rescuer is to prevent unwanted births, but the biggest goal is to help the cats, and in this situation that's exactly what she's doing. Also, as much as we all love cats, human family should come first, so when money's tight they are the first priority. I wish I had some advice for you Cathy, but I can only say you are doing a great thing and I hope you find a good solution.
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8/21/03 at 2:23pm