The weather is hot, and feral mama cats must be fed regularly in order to be
able to nurse their babies. This mama kitty had chosen the safe haven of a
garage to have her kittens, however, for the majority of the month the owner
did not live in the home. The home was a vacation home, and the garage was
a safe place to have babies, however, food and water were not available on
a regular basis. With back to back pregnancies the feline did not have the
strength to nurse the kittens.
Luckily the homeowner visited when the kittens were just two weeks old.
They were old enough to toddle, but with mama staying away longer and longer,
trying to find food for herself and family, the kittens were slowly starving to death.
The location of the home did not have access to any shelters that would nurse
tiny babies until they were old enough for adoption. The only shelter that
would accept the kittens was two hours away. The average person would
feel sad but not take the time to drive miles and miles in order to save the
babies lives. These kittens were really lucky however. The rescuer was
an unusually compassionate person. Saturday afternoon he and the
babies arrived at the shelter.
We have a free feral fix and release program for families living in Mason
County. Our residents make an appointment with our vet, and then we
loan them a trap to bait with tuna. The feral cat is released after the
operation and food and water are provided 24/7.
These kittens will live and be altered and find good homes. Hundreds more
will slowly die of starvation. Without access to cat food and water, very few
cats will survive. Mexico, El Gatito and Miguel are being fed round the clock
by one of our pediatric volunteers that is willing to sacrifice a large part of
her waking hours to save the kittens lives. Hats off to compassion!
Granny Kat, Norma