New Little Feral Family – TNR Success

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought it only fair to provide a bit of an explanation of sorts. I last posted on National Feral Cat Day as promoted by Alley Cat Allies and feral advocates across the country. The date was October 16, 2013. I intended to TNR a family of cats that I’d been taking care of around my home for several months, but to quote Robert Burns:

“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley.
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!”

In short, my plans were interrupted by the deaths of two very important people in my life and in my grief I could not find the resources, either emotionally or financially, to properly take on this TNR project. I felt it best to just continue to feed and watch them for a while. So, I do apologize. During the past month my little formerly feral family, my cherished dog, and my patient hubby have coaxed me back from memories and sadness into the present task at hand!

New little ones peeking.

New little ones peeking.

And so it went… I finally set up the drop trap, and on Sunday night I was rewarded by successfully catching Romeo and Juliet. This pair might well be the parents of at least three of my indoor cats. Juliet is definitely the mother of Ebony and she had two more kittens since we caught Ebony. It’s been nice to see what a good mother she is and I really enjoy watching her with the big tom we now call Romeo.

Drop trap set.

Drop trap set.

I was afraid that the kittens might get hurt with the drop trap, but they didn’t. Last night, hubby caught both kittens as they devoured a meal and the trap dropping barely disturbed their meal! Now that hubby has the hang of the drop trap, I bet he becomes as passionate about TNR as I am.

Kittens safely transferred into a crate for taming.

Kittens safely transferred into a crate for taming.

So, Romeo and Juliet are now recovering in crates on the porch and the kittens are together in their own crate and all four have the ability to see, hear and smell each other. We plan the let Romeo and Juliet loose on Sunday. Since they are such a bonded pair we feel it’s only fair to keep them together and let them free together to save them from not recognizing each other because they’d been separated.

Juliet in her recovery room.

Juliet in her recovery room.

Romeo a little less than pleased, right now.

Romeo a little less than pleased, right now.

 

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