Thursday, June 18, 2009

An Update on the Kittens...

Yesterday, we found a new litter of kittens under our next-door neighbors' back porch. My neighbor's husband is in the hospital and she doesn't have time to look after them. Five little black kittens, all huddled together. Since then we have seen the mother cat with them. She is small for an adult cat. We thought we saw one of the little ones sitting up and looking at us, but realized later that was the mother. We have been putting out food for the mother in our own back yard, and she comes over regularly to eat.

I am researching where we might be able to place the kittens. We haven't been here long enough to be familiar with the local shelter. There is a shelter and a humane society and I don't really know what the purpose of each is. We don't want them to be placed in a bad situation. I am wondering if we should have them neutered. My sister has a friend who is a vet... I could ask her. Our own cats have been neutered, but our vet is really expensive. I'm not sure we can afford to take all five of them there.

I thought there were no-kill shelters that take homeless cats, but they all say they are full and can't accept any more. I'm not sure what to do at this point.


Bearette24 said...

Well, the first step is pictures, of course :)

Do you think your sister might want a cat, or it would clash with Sammy?

judy in ky said...

My sister would love to have a cat, but it would clash with my brother-in-law!

I'm going to try to get some pictures, but we can't get close enough yet. The mother runs from us and I don't want to frighten her away from her kittens. They must be only a few days old.

Cynthia said...

We have the same problem with puppies here in Puerto Rico...and we have many adult dogs. The shelter is the best place to do the and safe. But finding a placement home is so difficult ...I need to take some pictures like Bearette24 said...and advertise.

I love these puppies...they have individual personalities and all of them are joyful cuddles!

Good luck with your kitty situation. <3

Rachel said...

Well, Judy, this is a long shot, but.... I follow as the writer has such a wonderful attitude to the stray kittens she fosters for her local humane society - it might be worth having a look at some of her links and see what's going on in your area. Seems odd to me that young mothers and kittens would be turned away by the very societies that exist to care for them! Good luck!

Susan said...

May I throw this out ... brother-in-law needs to chill and get a life. How great for the neices would it be to get kitten(s). Careful with Sammy (terrier)- Missy D had to be very slowly and gradually acclimitized and convinced that these kittens were not muskrats or squirrels. Wink.

Ask anyone who has taken 2 kittens at a time and they will tell you that they will never, ever get only one kitten. Two kittens is non stop love, fun and laughter. Takes the burden off you as they hang with each other, beat up on each other (instead of the furniture) plus all young people should grow up learning to love and care for animals. It makes them better human beings. I don't need to tell you Judy how amazing cats are.

two cents from Black Street.
Rachel's idea also a very good one.

judy in ky said...

Thank you all for your suggestions. I have sent a note to the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee, and am checking with my local shelters and humane society.
And I will endeavor to get some photos.
Susan, my brother-in-law is such a stick-in-the-mud that my mother has considered "Old Lace and Arsenic" (just kidding, of course!).

judy in ky said...

p.s. Or as they say in the South: "Bless his heart".