About 6 weeks or so ago, a stray female cat started hanging around our house. Eventually, we started feeding it and suspected that it might be pregnant.
Long story short, on or about May 1, it delivered 4-5 kittens. It's staying out behind our large storage shed.
It's become tame enough that we can pet it and my wife gets along well with the cat. We don't allow it to come into the house though.
Anyways, my wife is wanting to move the mother cat and her kittens to a better place out of the weather. We have a playhouse that no longer gets used. My wife is thinking about moving the clan there.
Question: How old should the kittens be before we attempt to move them? We are going to be leaving on vacation near the end of May. Our neighbor will continue to feed the cat(s) though.
Did the cat have access to the playhouse before the kittens were born? If so, she may have preferred having the litter elsewhere. You can move them now if you want to. The cat may move them back. You might try putting the food in the playhouse. Good luck. Herding cats is like, well, herding cats.
No, the cat didn't have access to the playhouse. My wife has been out checking on the mother and it's kittens, and the mother doesn't seem to be upset by her doing that.
Originally Posted by TurboHonda
I told her that mother nature pretty well gives animals a good sense of what they need to do and such. My wife still thinks the cats deserve better shelter.
We've been feeding the mother cat on our back patio. The playhouse is only about 20' or so away. Wife wants me to cut a hole in the door of the playhouse so that the mother cat can get in/out easily.
My wife did go out and put some plywood around where the cats are, to provide a little better shelter. I'm not much of an animal guy and I don't like making choices on their behalf for them.
Maybe we'll just wait another week or two before we try anything.
I think turbohonda has it right. You can move them now if you want to. The cat may move them back. The cat is not going to abandon them because you handled them. But, just to be on the safe side, consider calling a local vet or animal rescue organization to get their advice on this.
Originally Posted by blake38
Thanks guys for the advice.
I do appreciate it.
My wife called our local animal shelter and ran some questions past them. She was told that the kittens are okay to move to a better location. Their eyes are still closed, and there are five of them.
Anyways, I cut a hole in the door to the playhouse and we put a cardboard box with some old towels in it. We moved the kittens and the mother cat followed them into the playhouse. We put a food bowl and a water bowl inside.
So, now they're out of the weather and much better protected. It's been a very long time since I've handled a kitten. It was pretty cool actually.
You do not know what you are getting into. Lol.
Me and my wife started feeding a pregnant kitty about 8 years ago we now have 7 cats left out of 14 which are all fixed. They can reproduce every 6 months with each other so do the math. It is very hard to find homes for stray kitties so you should have them fixed as soon as possible usually around 6 months old or you will have your hands full. It has cost me thousands of dollars in vet bills as stray cats are very prone to getting all kinds of diseases. It is very easy to fall in love with those cute fur balls that's what makes it hard not to help them
Originally Posted by Frankv64
Yes, what you say is true. We really hadn't planned on all this, but we ended up with it anyways. I'm not sure what's gonna happen down the road, but we'll see.
No way are they gonna be house cats. That much I do know. Wife is talking about having the mother cat fixed once we return from our trip.
Neighbor and 13 yr. old grand-son will feed them while we're away.
Momma cat and kittens are doing fine. I'm really surprised at how well she adapted to her new housing. We go out to check on her and the kittens, and she's totally fine with us fussing over them.
How many weeks does it take until the kittens open their eyes? They are about 7-8 days old today.
You should start to see their eyes opening within the next few days. They usually will do it between two and three weeks of age. It's important that you handle them some while they are very young so that they will be socialized to humans. If you don't they'll grow up afraid of people and will be far less adoptable should you decide to try and find homes for them.
Originally Posted by paratrooper
Originally Posted by Philco
Yes, that's exactly what our local animal shelter told my wife. We've been handling them already a bit. Our 13 yr. old grand-son is here to help us, and he wants one of the kittens when they are able to leave the mother.
Well.......the kittens are almost 3 months old, and we've been adopting them out. We've placed three so far over the course of two days. We feel good about the people and the homes they are going to.
We still have two left, both all grey, a female and a male. The mother cat is going in next week to be spayed. We may or may not keep her. I have to be honest, it's been tough to see the kittens leave. I guess even an ole SOB like me still has a soft spot in his heart.
^^Or maybe a soft heart after all.^^ In any event, you and your wife did a good thing. I believe good begets good. God bless.
We placed one more kitten today. It was the grey female. It went to a 13 yr. old girl. Her, her mother and younger brother came to look at it. It was love at first sight, and the young girl was head over heels in love with it.
They live in a small town on a ranch. It's gonna be an indoors cat only. We only have the gray male left, and he's gonna be an issue to adopt out. He's shy and not all that crazy about being held. Looks as if I'm gonna have to go and get him used to being held. We hope to wait for a few days before he gets placed.
I enjoyed reading this paratrooper. You have a good soul. Maybe that's shy cat will turn out to be your buddy and you will decide to keep him. I ran into a shy kitten 15 years ago, he's sittin' right next to me.
Originally Posted by Raylan
Thanks for the kind words. My wife is having a hard time with most of the kittens gone. It just seems so quiet around here. The remaining kitten seems to be doing okay, but you do have to wonder what's going thru it's mind, in regards to all of it's brothers and sisters being gone. He's sticking close to his mother. When we had all five kittens, it was funny as could be, watching them play and rough house with one another.
We do know one thing for sure though. We don't want to go thru this again. It has been tough to see them go one at a time. I don't think I've been around kittens for over 30 yrs. or so. I pretty much forgot how much fun they can be to be around. I also forgot how tough it can be to see them go.
Yer a good one, paratrooper. I have had a lot of pets - cats and dogs over the last years and letting them go, either to "wherever we go when we are gone" or to another home is always hard. It means we are human and good...feelings are good things even if they don't always feel so good.
My brother had a cat that was his pride and joy and learned tricks like coming when called and rolling over, sit, stay. It was always a stitch when visiting to watch the show. After many good years the cat passed away and he was shocked that he actually cried and grieved for many days.
His wife, not a pet person at all, thought he had gone crazy or that he had a brain tumor or something to grieve so about a cat. But to us animal people they are as good as any human friend and often better. Folks who aren't pet lovers don't get it.
Thank you for taking car of the kittens and the momma kitty. It's cool to know there are folks who are not suffering from the modern malady of Compassion Deficit Disorder.
if you hang the cat by the tail they move more n are much harder to hit.
downside is they don't make that cool metal sound when hit
Originally Posted by pic
I'm quite sure that you were trying to be funny, but as far as I'm concerned, you came up way short.
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