What to do about these cats?
May 31, 2014 5:03 AM Subscribe
A family of cats -- a mother, two kittens, and a father -- has moved into my backyard in Bayside, Queens. Now what?
posted by thursdaystoo to Pets & Animals (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in Queens, in an apartment with a backyard that has a deck that's raised a couple of inches off of the ground. A family of cats has moved in -- they're living under the deck, and playing and sunning themselves on top of it. It's a mother cat and two kittens; she's nursing them. Another cat -- which we assume is the father -- comes around often. They're adorable and my wife's become very attached to them, but we don't want them living in our backyard.
My wife's pregnant and I don't want her to go anywhere near the cats; I don't especially want to go near them either for fear of tracking disease or bugs or whatever into the apartment.
We contacted a bunch of shelters and animal hospitals in the area and none of them were helpful: the composite advise was to take them in and acclimate them to people, and then they'd be adoptable and the shelters would be interested.
The neighbors aren't especially thrilled about the situation. We haven't told our landlord yet but plan to if we can't resolve the situation by the end of the weekend.
The best case scenario would be to find someone to come over, capture the cats, and bring them all to a no-kill adoption shelter. We can't find a come-over-and-get-'em shelters, and were at a loss for what go do.