Sadly for me, it was now time to find homes for the cutest babies this feral Little Mama cat has ever produced. It worried me that they were outdoors as the cold starts to seep into our region, and yet, Mama has never come past the threshold into the porch, where the food is plentiful and the water doesn't freeze overnight. She sees all my other kitties taking this route to warmth and sustenance, but she can't bring herself to do anything more trusting than a boop to my fingertip.
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UPDATE: That Craig's list thing worked great; I had lots of folks contact me, and was able to find new homes for the kits. One will be living in Brockport and the other one will move to Geneseo. Both of the new kitty parents understood my concern with a prompt visit to the vet; babies born wild are exposed to all kinds of things. Both of these parents are conscientious and made it worthwhile for me to handle and socialize the babies early and daily so they could become good pets. I don't love having a feral cat in my shed, but she has remained un-trapped, so I take care of her as best I can.October is no time to be bringing kittens into the world; I thought my feral mama was done making babies, so these were a surprise to me! They have been handled daily, so even though they were born feral, they are socialized. One came to me when I called "Here, kitty, kitty!" The other was more shy and took a minute to think about coming over. They were on dry food and water, but not box trained. That should take about one day! (Actually , it took less time than that, they took to it immediately!) Kittens love litter boxes! After they get done playing in them, you can see the light bulb go on!
I took these pictures when it was warmer outside. I wish the beautiful baby blue eyes would stay that color, but Little Mama's are green, and they will most likely change. Previous kittens have very fine, soft fur and expressive tails when they mature.
So instead of deleting when the kittens found forever homes, I kept this diary because I wanted to share the pictures. I will miss those babies!
What have you done to insure a good life for an animal ?