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« on: June 06, 2014, 01:09:54 PM »

A dark gray/black semi-long hair (kinda fluffy) cat has been visiting our yard for the last month or 2.   It walks around the perimeter from the front to the back, across the back yard towards where we leave food and water for any backyard visitors.  We have observed her eating bird seed and bread and drinking out of the water container. It looks pretty good from afar, actually a little chubby. So, I thought maybe it is a neighborhood cat who is allowed to roam a bit. Never see it on weekends.  Thought maybe female as I never saw it spray.  Sometimes I catch a fleeting glance early in the morning or around 4ish in afternoon. This morning she walked down driveway, saw my husband standing near my car, turned and ran back towards the road.  My husband didn't even get a chance to try a talk to her. He would not follow her for fear she'd run across the road.

Anyway, sorry to be so long. Early afternoon, we were driving down our street almost home, and she appears on a lawn 3 houses down opposite side of road.  So, naturally, I slow down to almost a stop to determine if she is going to run across street or what and get a good look at her. She runs across the road with a LITTLE BLACK KITTEN hot on her tail (like when you see a young goose or duck following its mamma across the road).  They safely made it.  Meanwhile, this A-hole behind us in a p/u is trying to go around us because I slowed down.  idiots.  Thank goodness there was no oncoming traffic.

Hoping she lived at the house where she ran in the yard, I turned around in my driveway, doubled back in time to see her go through that yard 3 doors down, across their side stoop into backyard. So, I followed down side street and saw them go through back yard and head towards small wooded area that runs along this portion of street behind our house.  It doesn't look so chubby now.  This really shook us up.  I mean, we do live in the suburbs, but our road is pretty active and people drive way over the 25 mph speed limit.  

So, I called the TNR lady we know who used to be our cat sitter and we've adopted from.  Wonderful lady.  Also emailed SpartyCats..another wonderful lady who knows a "little bit" about trapping cats.   Wink TNR lady said we need to first try and figure out if there is more than 1 kitten.  She figures if it is running like that it must be at least 8 weeks old.  Momma is pretty big, so kitten looked like an itty bitty thing running behind her. So, I'm to put food and water out early in morning and remove it in evening so as not to attract skunks, etc. We cannot try and trap them until we figure out if there is more than 1 kitten.

A few days ago or maybe last week, I was sitting at my desk and could have sworn I heard a kitten crying.  DH has much better hearing than I do and he heard nothing, so I figured I must be imagining things.  I guess I wasn't imagining. We have car shelters in our yard and TNR lady says those are perfect places for cats to go have litters.  Cars rarely get started and moved. So, I put the food in one of those where I saw mamma one time.  

Thanks for the link SpartyCats. Very informative.

Anyone else have any ideas, observations, encouragement?  Positive thoughts that we can figure this out and help momma and her kitten.

We rarely see strange cats in our yard.  Our dog is never loose and stays indoors most of the time during the day or on our deck or on her dog trolley if we are home and she wants to stay out for a bit.  I must say in retrospect, my dog has been barking at odd times and I see nothing outside. Cats have also been glued to windows, especially early morning and once it gets dark out.  Could just be backyard critters.  I don't know.

p.s. If feral, TNR lady recommends TNR.  If friendly, will try to bring them in. Lots of coyotes around our town and also fisher cats, foxes.   Sad
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 01:31:02 PM »

Stick with your TNR lady and the advice she gives. It does sound as if your mama and baby will need to be helped. Both Lucy (pregnant female) and GC (male) ferals were very easy to trap once they got used to food set in unset traps. (Still haven't been able to trap Tommy, but he (she?) has never showed up pregnant nor does he have a tomcat look). Bless your heart for caring about these two. I'm guessing that if she has a regular food supply and feels safe, she will bring her little family to your "bed and breakfast". Hope there are no other kittens.

I have had to stop leaving food out at night at all because of roaming cats (not sure if owned or feral) will come and fight with Cody now that she lives here. Also have some wild critters in the area, but they make more of a mess than anything else. Interesting that Cody won't bother Tommy or Lucy, but will take on any other cats who show up in "her" yard!

Keep us posted, okay?
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2014, 11:17:46 AM »

Thanks catmom.  We've only seen "mamma" once in the morning a few days ago.  Haven't seen her or kitten since.  Somebody has eaten most of food twice, once late afternoon and today early afternoon. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2014, 04:02:30 PM »

I missed this before . I hope they keep coming & you are able to trap them soon !
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2014, 05:01:13 PM »

I hope they are the ones eating the food and that if they are indeed stray or feral, you will be able to get them in. But I wonder if maybe they are neighborhood cats, and mama chose your place to have her litter because she felt it was safer than "home"?

There is a cat in our neighborhood that makes regular "rounds" like you describe, as if it knows the territory. I've concluded that it belongs to someone nearby who lets it out at certain times of day. It doesn't look "rough" like a stray or feral, and looks to be cared for. Drives our cats nuts sometimes, though (plus I think it is very dangerous to let cats roam.)
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2014, 11:53:50 AM »

We haven't seen momma visiting the yard for awhile now, so stopped putting out food.  None of it was being eaten.  She had been visiting off and on for months...so hope she and her kittens are safe somewhere.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2014, 08:05:38 PM »

Maybe someone took them in.  I do also hope they are safe!
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2017, 10:57:58 AM »

Rather than start a new topic...... Well, Momma is still visiting and popping out kittens.  Have not been able to trap her.  She is very trap savy.  Now keeps 10 feet away from me when she comes to eat.  We were able to catch her kittens from 3 different litters, so they won't be reproducing at least.  yikeserooo.  (making up my own word).   The last one we just brought in a couple weeks ago and his eyes were still blue. Young, but weaned.
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2017, 04:10:18 AM »

Boy that is frustrating some of those ferals are so trap savvy. Kitten season is so tough but in my area kittens go so fast in the shelter.  I never see them more than once. But my shelter has good luck placing all cats.

Hope you can catch her JustMe.
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2017, 04:20:21 PM »

I second what ranger said, there are ferals that just won't let themselves be caught. It's fortunate that the kittens do not take after her, and you've been successful getting a hold of them. Hopefully one day the mom will let her guard slip!
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