MOTHER CAT SEPARATED FROM ITS LITTER!
by Donna Greiner
Hello cat family(he's),
Can a momma cat be heartbroken when she is trapped, taken to shelter to be spayed....ultimately being taken from her litter???
My neighbor did not like the neighborhood cats doing their "business" in her garden...hence setting up a trap and catching one of the females I have been feeding for one year +. I love her so much, a gorgeous gentle calico I named ----. I never knew where she birthed her kits, UNTIL after animal control took poor terrified momma away. I went to claim her at shelter, BUT they would not let me take her due to complaint filed by neighbor. Long story short, I found the 4 adorable kittens she had, and am caring for them in my home. After jumping through all of their red tape hoops, I have the mom back, formally adopted her, BUT....She does not seem "right". She is laying in her litter box, only ate a small bit of her favorite food YESTERDAY, drank water, urinated...slept all night.
She has lived outside on my property since last April, will come in to eat, but goes BONKERS when I offered her shelter in cold weather....I'm sure having rescued ferals yourself, you understand. Now I have been commanded to keep her in.
I feel she has been through a traumatic experience....Please give any suggestions or tips, opinions, etc...I appreciate it so very much, as always. I had her sister spayed in November, she did not behave like this, then again, was not a mommy.
Very truly yours
Donna, I empathize with your situation...and commend you for rescuing her kittens. While its wonderful that these kittens and their mother will have a safer life, be prepared for a long road of some failure and finally successes with the mother cat.
Remember that she has only known a life of freedom and the outdoors. She survived through bad weather and probably many times with little food or warmth. So, yes, she is depressed and will be that way for some time, I'm guessing months.
However, the bright side is that with constant love and attention she will slowly leave her depression behind and start to welcome the safety you offer her.
One thing I've found that has helped me with the cats that arrived feral is having a terrace to allow them to access the outdoors but not the dangers of being truly free. If you can enclose a balcony or have a spot in your yard to place an enclosure that contains them, it does help them with the adjustment of losing their freedom.
Here is the link to an article on this topic:
House Cats Outside
Again, it is a wonderful thing you are doing to help these little critters, and I wish you a lot of success.