What should I do with this stray cat family?
August 29, 2012 8:55 AM Subscribe
What do I do about this stray cat family with kittens? I would be OK doing TNR, but I don't want to return them to my backyard because my neighbors catch strays and kittens and kill them. I've reached out to local groups for help but they have no room and won't lend me traps because I don't want to return the cats to the same location.
posted by schroedinger to Pets & Animals (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a mother cat and 3-4 kittens hanging out in my backyard. The kittens are pretty young, maybe a month old. In my ideal world, I find a rescue for the kittens and TNR the mom.
My neighbors are dicks. I could go on and on about their treatment of cats, but basically they grab kittens off the street, hold them until they're not cute, and then get rid of them. They get rid of adult cats they catch as well.
I trust the mom to be able to get away from them. I don't trust the kittens. The last time I there was a cat family my neighbors caught one of the kittens, got rid of the other, and the mom disappeared.
I can't take the kittens in myself since I hit my landlady's strict two-cat limit. All rescues are full. There's Animal Control, which runs its own rescue, and honestly I would be more comfortable taking the kittens there and giving them a chance than leaving them to my neighbors.
However--I don't have traps. My local stray/feral rescue will likely not assist me. I tried to get their help and borrow a trap with the last cat family, the one that eventually got destroyed by the neighbors, and as soon as the group heard I thought the kittens would be better off at the shelter and didn't want to return the cat to the same area they stopped responding to my emails. This was even after I explained the neighbor situation and tried negotiating just returning the family to a different location.
I don't know what to do. I can't catch the cats myself. Even if I did have traps I don't know how to get the kittens AND the mom at the same time. I can't just grab the mom and leave the kittens there, right? Anyone have recommendations?
Also: I would dearly love to pursue legal routes to deal with the neighbors, but it's not illegal to get rid of pets when they're not cute, and I have not witnessed the killing myself--this was just verbal confirmation from the neighbors themselves. We're on chilly terms and my initial efforts at pet education (suggesting they spay their adult female cat instead of putting her outside when she was in heat) were extremely unwelcome.