Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Kitten Cronicles, Part 1

No...I didn't get photos as it would have scared the kittens out of their little, bitty wits, but today after a long day at work, Hizzoner the DH rescued 6 kittens from under the front deck! I had trapped their Momma when she came for food this evening. My poor husband had quite the job removing the boards from the decking - they were very long, thick and with old BIG nails and screws. It was a tough job for him! But he persevered and voila! Kittens!
I have removed the family to a large cat carrier in the feed room of the barn. Tomorrow I will have the mother tested for anything communicable. If she tests negative, we'll fix a place in a bathroom where they can have space to themselves to grow until it's time to wean and be fixed. Then we'll try to find new homes for everyone. (I hope by that time the DH considers the possibility of keeping Momma - It's so very hard to find homes for animals here right now)
We thought very hard about rescuing this wee family. The shelters here in Northern Arizona are bursting at the seams with mothers and their litter of kittens. We usually get a surge about the time all the college students leave for the summer. It makes me so mad to think of people who want animals, only to toss them out when they become inconvenient!

Rest well, Momma...the Love of My Life made sure he got everyone out from that corner before the snow comes on Friday. And we will try to take the best of care of the lives we were intrusted with!

6 comments:

Leigh said...

Whew, that's turning out to be quite a job. Rascal and Catzee send all their purrs your way.

Sharrie said...

Yes, and we started out with two cats when we moved here. We now have 10 at least, all fixed, but more keep showing up. Funny when we live so far from anyone.

Tammy said...

SIX Kittens! Oh my.... Here is a thought though. Not sure how it is where you live, but here most of the rescue groups/shelters 'require' indoor only homes. Sometimes people are wanting a kitten/cat for a perfectly good 'outdoor' home, as a farm cat/barn cat etc., so maybe that will help. I know it's hard to find good homes, but if you have the time and patience I think you'll be okay. You might end up with three or so extra cats before it's over though.. ;-) What do they look like?
Tammy

I need orange said...

Bless your hearts for helping them.

melanie said...

Yay! Six kitties is quite a rescue...

Mim said...

Great work Kathy! Cats need more people like you. We were blessed? with a stray cat this winter but glory be she has been spayed by her previous owners. Best stray that ever found us!