Trapping pregnant feral cat - good idea or not?
May 25, 2010 10:13 PM Subscribe
Is it a bad idea to trap a pregnant feral cat so that she can give birth indoors, the kittens can be socialized, and she can be fixed so there's no more kittens? This seems like a no brainer, but recent events have me worried.
posted by korej to pets & animals (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in a small town in northern New Mexico - there is no feral cat group here, and the shelter is over worked at the best of times. There's a colony of about 10 feral cats on my block. I've been feeding them, and as I can, trapping them to be fixed. We've already had a litter that I know about, and all but one (now living inside with me) was killed by stray dogs. A month or two ago I realized that one of the females I hadn't trapped yet was looking pregnant. I found a foster mom that was willing to keep her through the pregnancy and weaning, until we could find homes for the kittens and get the mom (and later the kittens) fixed. I trapped her a couple weeks ago, and took her to the foster mom. A week and a half ago she gave birth to three kittens. A few days later, one of the kittens died. The foster mom thought the other two were doing ok, but another died last night. She moved the last one away from the mom and tried bottle feeding, but he died this afternoon. On top of all of that, the mother cat isn't acting very responsive, and now we have a vet appointment for her tomorrow.
I'll be the first to admit I don't know a ton about cats. I'm still trying to get my colony stabilized, but its possible another female could get pregnant before I'm done. In that case, and with the disaster this has been in mind, should I leave her alone? Sorry if this is rambly - I feel like I've done something terrible, and heartbroken that I've killed the litter and possibly the mother by my meddling.