I've been feeding a stray kitty(I call her Muskrat) on and off in my apartment complex for about 2 months now. Normally I wouldn't befriend any strays in my area, but this kitty was very friendly towards me. She wasn't afraid of me at all, but when others walk near her, she'd run. She'd meow continuously every time she sees me come home. She'll run in front of me as if she's leading me up the stairs to my apartment. I felt sorry for the stray everytime I see how my two indoor babies play and run around like they're queens of the house... knowing she doesn't have a home and I wouldn't be able to take her in. In any case, I fed her when she's hungry and chased away the male strays when I saw them on occasions. I sort of had an inclination she was going to get pregnant when I saw the males around though. Sure enough for the last month or so, her tummy would be getting bigger and bigger each time I saw her. She'd let me touch it too. She's a small kitty but my neighbors says she's been around for 5 years or so and she's been pregnant many times! But I still worry about her because there are so many factors out there that would put a pregnant kitty in danger out there. I've been told not to worry about her, because she'll know what to do... the thing is, for the past week or so, she seem to have lost her appetite. (I give her a lot of cat food on my deck when I see her, and she'll eat all of it in the beginning.) Last night, I was petting her and she raised per paw for no reason and scratched me. Maybe she wasn't feeling well? I noticed that her boobies were getting even more swollen than before...I think she's about to give birth! I haven't seen her since Sunday early morning until now. When I saw her last she was just laying around outside my door, but the food I left for her was untouched. I am really worried about her. I thought about calling the Humane Society for help, but I debated. She seems happy being outside, people feed her, etc... (other than getting pregnant), what if I had her taken away for help with her pregnancy and people adopt all her babies but leave her behind...then I would have done a bad thing. I just feel awful that I can't take her, since I have two already and one of my babies really got issues... I don't think they can face a stray either, in addition to that... I really don't have the space. I just hope that Muskrat can take care of herself and her babies... I really think she'll be giving birth today or within these few days... so worried. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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6/26/06 at 1:21am