I have a feral cat that I have had living in and out of my shed for a good year now. She had four very cute kittens. We were all very excited and found homes for all four with in a couple days. However, after a week I went out to the shed to say goodmorning and then went back inside. When my daughter went out there only an hour later, the kittens were all gone! After about another hour or so I spotted our feral cat and tried to follow her. She never went to any spot to nurse the kittens and does not appeared to have nursed for a while. She seemed indifferent and I never found any bodies or blood or anything to make me think she killed them or they died! Now only a day later, I have not seen my feral kitty! What could this all mean! Help!
Worried, I have no idea where your feral cat may be right now but it is 'normal' that kittens go their own way after a period of time. How old were they? One week only??
We have a feral cat that has lived under our shed and the neighbor's for about a year. She knows she can eat here and no one will bother her. She had kittens about 4 weeks ago and they looked forward to our interactions everyday but....they went missing after I fed them last night. The mother is gone as well. The male that impregnated her before was hanging around again.
I can't help wondering if she would have taken the kittens elsewhere and left them. I always thought the female would just leave the kittens and go on her way.
I have taken food and fresh water out and called and called them but nothing.
SIGH...I really wanted the kitties and now I am worried. This is not exactly the kind of neighborhood they would be welcomed in.
That last remark scares me, IAITSB Though cats have terrific survival skills their kittens don't have those (yet) - at least not at 4 weeks of age.
But, you mention that the mother has also gone missing. It might have to do with the 'father' cat - perhaps he was intending on impregnating her again and her natural instincts made her to run away from him until she is ready to release her litter when they're at the right age and can do without their mother's care.
chances are ur feral cat moved them. often if they feel worried or threatened ( if they were being touched and stroked and she didn't like it?) the mother will move them. they will be fine if this is the case - she will find shelter. also, cats ae extremely intelligent and if she thought u were following her she may have tried to lead u away from them ( i hav been ther many times!!! )
She moved them elsewhere. You will not just be able to walk up to a feral cat and take her kittens. NTM: no human contact for their first 8 weeks means there is a greater chance that they might not be the cuddly kitty your friends were hoping for...leaving them more susceptible to being dumped as undesirable.
Please learn about TNR. There could be a group nearby you that can help. Rescue groups can inform you as well.
It's a very hard life for feral cats. Think about having 4-5 kittens every 4 months.
"Cats average two litters per year and kittens as young as five months of age can reproduce. The reproduction rate is staggering: An unaltered female cat and her offspring can potentially produce 420,000 kittens in seven years." If they're lucky enough to live seven years".
Please, there are plenty of kittens put down daily....by the thousands. What mother of any species abandons her young willingly.
I wish everyone would take more interest in their environment. If you're feeding a cat and you're keeping it around to have kittens, why would you not learn everything you can about ferals having kittens.
Anyway, if she comes back...she might... feed her extra food...high quality with supplements, esp. if you are planning on keeping a kitten or two. She needs high quality protein while she's lactating and then you'll need to feed her AND the kittens when they're about 4 weeks and when they are 8 weeks you can start trapping them. You're not going to be able to take them from her. Any time you try to approach them she will move them again.. You should however let them see and hear you from a distance...so the kittens will be used to you. Feral means "WILD". These are wild animals you're dealing with. Good luck and please use google on how to deal with the situation. There's lots of professional informatioin out there.
Does anyone think maybe you could take these cats to be spayed so perhaps this problem would not repeat itself??? You were looking forward to interacting with the kittens??? Are you kidding me? How bout next time you see a cat take it to the vet have it spayed there are many who will do it for free and this will not be an issue...
GOOD LUCK! I wish the best for all of these kitties and the cat.
Yes, we have thought about spaying the mother cat.
However, she is wiley and will not be trapped.
We've trapped every male around but alas another male from I know not where, got her again.
If anybody out there in cyberland knows how to get a very wary, wiley, feral female we and the cat population would be very grateful.
leave food out in the same place during the day not at night. try placing it near a trap get a humane trap by HAVAHART.
Hopefully this helps.
Many cities now including mine have trap, neuter/spay, return programs. They will not place ferals, even kittens, up for adoption because they have not been socialized. We have the same situation. Feral in our shed, 3 kittens about 7 weeks appeared last week, been feeding aggressively in order to trap. I was changing their water and food last night and I am not sure that they are still in our shed. THIS SUCKS> PEOPLE NEED TO FIX THEIR ANIMALS AND KEEP THEM INSIDE! Best Friends is a group that traps, neuters, returns cats to their area. I had homes for some of these kittens too. Good luck. PS YES they are still in our shed. LOL