Originally Posted by JenniferSHahn
Today I had to make a very hard decision to take a ferral female cat to the animal shelter. I have 4 cats, I am caring for 4 kittens from this ferral cat (2 which I finally was able to get to after trapping mom) and I have a 1year old and 2 elementary aged girls. I work full time and live in a suburban neighborhood. I wanted to care for this momma but she will not let me. She would only eat from a bowl about 15 feet away. For the health and safety of my children and my other cats and the kittens I decided to take mom in so that I could provide proper care for everyone else. I am devestated. What would you do?
I would have had her spayed and returned her back outdoors. By dropping her off at the shelter, chances are she will be euthanized. Most shelters do not have the resources or time to try to work with feral cats so they simply hold them the manditory amount of time and then euthanize them. I doubt if you had had her spayed and returned her outdoors that she would have caused either your children or your other cats any issues(you had even stated she would only eat 15 feet away). I understand your concerns..but I would have handled it differently.
BTW...I do hope you had the kittens checked out by a vet before you introduced them to your kids or your other cats.
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TNR is a comprehensive plan where entire feral colonies are humanely trapped, then evaluated, vaccinated, and neutered by veterinarians. Kittens and cats that are tame enough to be adopted are placed in good homes. Adult cats are returned to their familiar habitat to live out their lives under the watchful care of sympathetic neighborhood volunteers.
TNR works. Cat populations are gradually reduced. Nuisance behaviors associated with breeding, such as the yowling of females or the spraying of toms, are virtually eliminated. Disease and malnutrition are greatly reduced. The cats live healthy, safe, and peaceful lives in their territories.