One female allegedly had just had kittens a couple weeks ago. A tenant's daughter pledged to go under the building and find them, should I catch her.
So I got at it, having 8 reservations for today up in Salem at Willamette Humane's clinic. I got at it Saturday to be sure I caught them. I caught four Saturday evening, two big males and two teen females. I left at 11;30 p.m. and was back at 4:30 a.m. and by 7:30 a.m caught two more, including the female with kittens under the complex. The woman showed who said she'd go under. I was relieved because I'm getting old, too old to belly crawl under buildings, although I don't mind doing it.
However, I think the ick factor got to her, because she only went into the hole part way before backing out, giving up. So under I went. I could barely fit through the hole but made it under and propelled myself around with my toes and forearms on my belly, looking under fallen insulation. Way back 30 feet from the hole, I lifted some insulation and there they were. Five beautiful gray tabby newborns. I figured them to be ten days old because some had their eyes open.
I propelled myself backwards then, moving them with with me, as I'd forgotten the towel I intended to wrap them in, should I find them. I'd moved them back as far as I could, in a pile, then backwards I'd slither, on my stomach still, choking on insulation and dirt in the air as I went. But we made it out, all six of us.
I went home then, set them up with their mom in a borrowed tiny cage, since the two cages I have, were full, one with the torti teen tux from the Circle K dumpster who was to go to Sherwood yesterday.
The two other females I'd already caught were in the 2nd larger cage. I'd added the third female, freshly caught, since they're siblings. And then set up the small cage for the mom and her kittens. But she wouldn't nurse them. They tried to nurse on her and it was pitiful. She was too scared. So KATA came and took them.
This was Mama Mia's second litter this year. SECOND LITTER THIS YEAR!
Fix your cats, people!!!!
|Mama Mia is getting spayed today. Time to kick back, gal. The kitten factory is closed.|
|Moonshine, a young skinny torti|
|Faded, a muted calico long hair being fixed today|
|Basil, a long hair brown tabby girl|
Four boys are also being fixed. I had to be there at 7:15 a.m. But at least its Salem, not Portland.
|King, a kind hearted timid massive but elderly gray tabby tux male|
|Grandpa, a massive medium hair gray tabby male|
|Techie, the black tux male fixed yesterday. Lots of fight scars on all these males.|
|Boda Black, a young black male also getting fixed today.|
We took a walk with their beloved dog, Carter. Carter sometimes is nice to me and sometimes eyes me with great suspicion.
After getting back home, I set a couple more traps at the complex and came home. I caught the other two boys in the night and picked them up early.
We had some rather extreme thunderstorms over the weekend. Summer type weather has not yet come to Oregon, making us all a little nuts to think we might have to endure a summer of gray and drear after enduring the same all winter long. It's not exactly a cheery thought.