Cat had kitttens and now we're moving!
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June 26th, 2006 08:38
About a month ago, Luna arrived on my back porch. She didn't seem to have an owner, but was in good health and very lovable. She made herself a home out of a crate and a blanket that my roommate and I left out for her and after about 5 days went by (and she kept returning), we started feeding her. From then on, of course, Luna "adopted" us and gradually settled in to the household. My cat, Eve, was not at all bothered by Luna's presence in the house (which was odd because Eve is very territorial) and seemed to watch over her during the day. Our lease is ending this week. Eve and I moved out of the apartment about a week ago leaving Luna with my roommate who had become very attached to her (and her to him...she never left his side!). Two nights ago, my roommate arrived home to find Luna had given birth to 5 kittens! (We had suspected she might be pregnant, but had no idea she was about to give birth! Luna and the five adorable, seemingly healthy kittens are doing fine. She gave birth in the back bedroom with no complications at all. She now has them with her in a covered cat bed that had belonged to my cat. We are more than happy to take care of Luna and her kittens for as long as possible. The problem is, my roommate has to be out of the apartment this Friday! How do we relocate them all without traumatizing them? And, where do we take them? My roommate is moving into a one bedroom apartment and I am in a two bedroom house with a garage. I had thought it might be best to constuct a small gated area in the garage and place Luna and her babies there, but will that be the best place for them? Or, will Luna be additionally traumatized being separated from my roommate (who she is very close to)? I would appreciate any advice I can get!
June 27th, 2006 00:15
Not s_re from what yo_ wrote if it is possible for her to go with the RM - if so that is where she sho_ld go. As for a gated area - cats climb. Yo_ and the RM took on d_ty of care by allowing her to stay and then by feeding her. It is extremely hard to find responsible homes for cats so please be very caref_l. Be s_re not to offer free to good home. They sho_ld stay with mom _ntil they are at least 10 weeks old. If yo_ will need help in screening potential adopters - please ask.
July 24th, 2006 03:34
I agree that if you try to contruct a gated area, that she will not stay in that as cats do climb. Also, because of the relocation she may decide to move the kittens some where that she considers safer in the garage. Luna should make the move fairly well as long as babies and her make the move in the same box. Use a small crate if possible. The other possibility if you can't keep her in your house is to use a really, really big crate. Put a smaller box or crate inside for her and the babies to use as a bed, put her food and water and a small litter box in it. This would not be the ideal situation, but it could work fine for a few weeks until the kittens become too mobile for the small space. I also agree that you will not find good homes for the kitties if you give them away for free. I hate to say this, but our society has become disposible and as such, if there is no value attached to some thing (not that a kitten is a thing), then the potential for someone to get rid of the kitten is high.
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