Friday, May 20, 2016

The Pregnant Teenager on her Own

I was contacted by a Portland group who had been contacted by an Albany woman feeding a shy very pregnant kitty.  They asked if I could go trap her, and I did early this morning without any trouble.

But I spent some sleepness minutes last night thinking how stupid it would be to do that.  What if she had kittens before I could get her spayed?  A wild mom, in my garage with kittens?  I'm not an adoption group and few groups will foster a wild new mom.   But I went anyway.

When transferring her from trap to a garage cage, she didn't dart in when I took the towel off the trap.  A feral does that.  Instead she hid her head and looked to be crying.  She has a very sad depressed little face.

Still tired out, I didn't think, I just reached in from the other end of the trap and began to pet her.  Although she didn't warm to it, rolling and purring, she liked it and quickly eased up in the visible tension in her body.

She was very interested in eating a lot.  then sat in the front of the cage watching everything.  Again, this is not feral behavior at all.  This is the behavior of a kitty on her own who doesn't know what to do.   Where she was being fed, its all concrete, cars and parking lots.  Nowhere she could have had those kittens safely.

Well Felines First volunteered to foster her if the woman would relinquish any claim to ownership which she did enthusiastically, realizing it was an awful place for a little kitty to try to live.

So tomorrow she'll go to Felines First, Chelsea again, who also has Pepper, will keep her safe to have her kittens then get spayed and find a home.  I'm calling her Shiloh, but not sure what her name will end up.

She's darling and no teen, human or animal, should be on the streets in such a condition.   Shiloh is now safe.


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  1. She is sweet looking but with also a curiosity about her.

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    1. She will open up, Andrew, you are right, she is curious, and hopeful. She is guarded because she's had it rough, thrown out young, on her own, is unwilling to let herself think its going to be ok, but wants to.

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  2. Good luck to Shiloh. You have certainly given her a decent chance in life now.

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    1. I hope so, L&L, sure a better chance than she had where she was trying to live.

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  3. Beautiful kitty... beautiful ending to a tough situation.

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    1. Yes, off the streets, good ending for the woman who saw her like that and offered her food at least, then found help for her. Hopefully Shiloh being a teen will experience no issues giving birth.

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  4. Thank you. You're right-no teen, human or animal, should be on the streets.

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    1. I can't imagine the horrors women, let alone a pregnant teen, face on the streets. I was homeless once, and I could not use a shelter because it was unsafe for a woman. Homeless men would follow women. I couldn't sleep at night, had to sleep during the day, because I didn't want raped. Most homeless women have been raped repeatedly.

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  5. Bless your heart for saving Shiloh...you inspire me.

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  6. You deserve an award, maybe a purple heart...certainly a heart of some kind. Of course, you have a huge, soft heart already. HUGS.

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    1. I've got my reward, a house full of kitties who love me. It's all I ever wanted to find in life--love, and a purpose.

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  7. Bless you, and best wishes that she finds a lovely home. This warmed my heart.

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  8. Thank you. For Shiloh and for so many others.

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  9. Ooh I love her pretty color! She is the same color as our cat Princess. So glad you were there to save her and her babies!

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