When a neighbor found kittens in her back yard, she panicked. We triee to help and do the right thing, but the site where the mother stray cat left het kittens was already disturbed. She was easily spooked by people, and they were afraid to leave them.
Instead of trying to trap mother with her kittens, the neighbor called the local shelter to have the kittens be picked up.
Luckily, mother stray cat was trapped a few days later, but sadly she was't reunited with her kittens for being apart too long.
The kittens went to a foster home, and mother cat went to the shelter where she was spayed. They worked hard to socialize her again, so she wouldn't be released back on the streets. It worked - she is now (still) awaiting her forever home
We kept the kittens warm with our body heat, and their furry baby bodies were quickly sweltering!
Why is this a message worth sharing?
Because thousands of animals are intentionally dumped or go missing and get lost on the streets every year.
It is hard to tell if a cat on the street is a stray of if it has a home.
What can you do to help?
Most importantly: Don't allow your cat to go outside (of your garden). Keep them safe where you can watch them, while also protecting your local wildlife.
If it can't be helped, put a collar on your cat. This way, people who will see your cat roam the streets know it has a home.
Chip and register your cat. If something happens, your cat can be traced back to you.
Spay and neuter your cat. Prevent unwanted pregnancies - female cats can reproduce as young as 4 months old. Don't add to the next generation of stray cats, and don't saddle the owner of a female cat with an undesired litter of kittens. They are just as likely to be dumped as an adult cat.
Support your local shelter and adopt, don't shop, when you're looking for a cat.
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