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post #31 of 49
Holy cow! You are one lean-mean-trapping-machine!
post #32 of 49
KittenKiya...I think we need to import you to Virginia...got LOTS of cats you can trap here.

BRAVO on trapping momma cat!!

post #33 of 49
Thread Starter 
I know you guys are feeding your ferals, and I usually use just the dry cat food. But because I have found dogs running around at night, I have started taking up the dry food and just leaving a small plate of cut up hotdogs, bologna or milk. I am baiting the trap with the hotdogs and bologna and not putting down the night plate until after someone is in the trap. This has worked out very well. To get Miss Tippy-Tail, I am going to use hotdogs with cheese sauce. That should do it.
post #34 of 49
Make sure that the primary source of food for the cats is real cat food. People food is lacking vital minerals/vitamins that cats need to remain healthy. And, dry cat food is a lot cheaper than hotdogs!

To keep dogs out of the cat food, get a laundry basket and cut out a small cat-sized hole in the end. Turn it up-side down, and put something heavy on top and feed the cats inside. This will keep out dogs and large racoons, but not cats.

Also, if Tippy-Tail isn't attracted by the hotdogs and cheese, try some tuna or sardines or kippered herring.
post #35 of 49
Thread Starter 
One of my neighbors called me at work this morning. Little Miss Tippy-Tail is running back and forth from my yard to hers, and is very, very upset. I assume that it is because Mom got caught and vetted today. I don't know how to comfort her. She won't come near me whereas the others will run up to me sometimes, but never her. I know this sounds really stupid but I worry about her. She's the last one to be caught and it will take an act of congress and a miracle from God to get her caught. How can I comfort her?
post #36 of 49
Thread Starter 
I guess I didn't make myself clear, the kitties have food all day long until about 6:00 and then I bring in the dry cat food and put out the treat. It is sort of like having a treat before going to bed. Then the dry cat food gets put out 6:00 am. I had to take the food in because of the dogs.:icecream:
post #37 of 49
Thread Starter 
Damn, damn and double damn. It wasn't MotherCat. It was a boy. Got him fixed anyway but I was sure it was MotherCat. Back to the drawing board.
post #38 of 49
You keep going girl! We're all rooting for you!!
post #39 of 49
Too bad it wasn't momma cat. But...thank goodness there is one fewer randy male around to harrass and impregnate any unspayed females in the area!
post #40 of 49

It wasn't momma cat, but like you said....

And re: comforting Miss Tippy-Tail... no suggestions. Unfortunately, we can only do for them what they will allow (or permit by default, like by being trapped ) I know you worry - that's because you care. All we can do is send a prayer up for Miss Tippy-Tail and send you some hugs.

post #41 of 49
Thread Starter 
Got Little Miss Tippy-Tail last night. She is at the vets as we speak and will be home tonight after work. That means I only have two left, MotherCat and DaddyCat. Thank all of you so much for your encouragement and caring. You've helped make a hard job easy. Thank you all again.
post #42 of 49
You are truly amazing!!! Miss Tippy Tail may be unhappy, but she is one lucky little kitty cat! She will never have to face the dangers of a pregnancy or all the problems that come with giving birth.

Woo Hoo!!!
post #43 of 49
Like Hissy wrote to Tania for doing such an amazing job with those preemies -

post #44 of 49
Thread Starter 
Well, guess what???? Little Miss Tippy-Tail was actually Little MISTER Tippy-Tail. Oh yeah, got DaddyCat last night. He is at the vets getting his makeover and I will pick him up after work. Only one left now is MotherCat and that dingbat that kicked her and the kittens out from under her trailer last year, has opened up that area again and guess who ran in. Yep, MotherCat. I don't know if she is going to have a litter, has already had a litter, but she is guarding that place like a tiger.
post #45 of 49
Wow! Dad and son in just two days!

I sure hope momma cat hasn't had any babies and that she's not pregnant. I hope you can catch her right away. However, you might want to look under the trailer to see whether there are kittens under there, because you don't want to take her away if the babies are still very small.

Good luck!
post #46 of 49
Thread Starter 
I know. Unfortunately the lady next door is a dingbat and refuses to have anything to do with anyone in the neighborhood. I was thinking of asking her if I could put the trap over there and have her close off the back entrance that I know is open also, to trap MotherCat as she came out, but I don't think she would help or let me do it and if she realized that MotherCat was back under her trailer, she is the type that would just close off the entrances and let them all die of starvation. I am not sure what to do. I really hope MotherCat comes over to eat and then I can visually check her to see if she is nursing.
post #47 of 49
Wow, how awful! It's a sad fact, and that's why it's so wonderful that people like you are out there! I don't know what to do - that is a tough situation. No ay to sneak over there at night with a flashlight to have a look or something? If not, I sure hope she comes by soon!

Keep up the incredible work - you are on one heck of a roll here!
post #48 of 49
Thread Starter 
I am home today and tomorrow. I simply had to take some time off from work, I am REALLY stressed. I think I will bait the trap this afternoon and I think I'll use some fish. Hopefully MotherCat will come and eat and if I can see that she is nursing, that will give me the excuse to go to the management and ask permission to just check under the trailer. I can even bring in the Animal control people if I absolutely have to. But I think I will try that and if this doesn't sound right, please remember my brain is not working too well today. My little Princess is running around like she owns the joint. Boy, ferals are HARDY.
post #49 of 49
Personally, I wouldn't bring in the animal control people. You just never know what will happen. I don't know your area or laws, and some animal control will simply bring the kittens to a vet or a shelter and the vet or shelter keeps them for the three or seven days or two weeks before finding them homes - and if they haven't, then the animals get put down. If that's the way it works there, then I guess they have a fighting chance of surviving where they may not there given their living circumstances. It's a difficult choice. But my feelings are pretty strong - never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. I wouldn't call animal control.

Get some rest - you need it! Mama's caring for her kittens now, so she's not in heat. We didn't trap the mom cat here until she'd raised the kittens (until we were sure they were 12 weeks old). Then we trapped mom AND the kittens and got them all spayed and neutered. That is something you can consider... as long as mom cat is "guarding" under the trailer, it would seem she's got a family. If so - the kittens will turn up in 4 - 6 weeks when she starts teaching them about life. Then you can feed them too, and stops by your place will become regular enough that you can then work on trapping the whole family one at a time.

After 12 weeks, they don't need mum anymore, and she'll send them packing (likely) anyway.

Now - get your rest! You don't need to make any decisions today.
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