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06-10-2007, 05:10 PM
I have a bit of a problem. I have a whole family (5 kittens, 1 mom) who decided to be born under my back porch 6 weeks ago. The area they are in is totally inaccessable unless we rip out the floor, which might cause the floor to collapse because of the beams holding it up. :pout:So, we decided to wait for momma kitty to bring out the little ones so we could grab them. Except today all but 1 came out. There is a little gray one just sitting in there (we can see w/ a flashlight thru the hole they come and go from). Mom won't go back in and get him, and he's not coming out. What do we do????:shrug:
Anyway... here are some cute pics to aid in the need for help because of the obscene cuteness...
06-10-2007, 05:17 PM
They are cute!!
I would think the gray one wil come out on his own, eventually he will get hungry and need to eat. Can you try to lure him out with a can of tuna or something similar? I know anytime I open a can of tuna all my cats come running trying to get a taste of the yummy goodness.
06-10-2007, 05:36 PM
Obscene Cuteness :roflhard:
Darling! I am currently bottlefeeding a kitten brought home by dh this past week. The guys at work (softies) each took one as the litter was in an old wreck car they were going to cut up to recycle the metal:shock:
They coaxed them out with pizza:rollseyes:
06-10-2007, 07:03 PM
I :heart: kitties! If the kitten doesn't come out on its own, try contacting a local ASPCA or rescue group for assistance. I've had similar things happen. Most of the time the little ones come out with bribery such as food, but I've heard of some who won't budge. Keep us posted!
06-10-2007, 07:06 PM
My 20 year old cat Hobbes was from a litter of kittens that took up under the mobile home I was living in at the time! But the momma was a house cat that was dumped with the litter, the kittens were not so friendly at the time, imagine 3 or 4 kittens with fuzzy hissy faces!:shock::roflhard: I had to catch Hobbes by covering her up with a big towel and then I had to win her over. Now she is my senior citizen cat who is my shadow...
Good luck catching that little guy...and more pictures!
06-10-2007, 07:52 PM
Oh my gosh, they're darling! Will you keep any of them?
06-10-2007, 08:06 PM
is there a humane society or animal control in your area? if the tuna doesn't work, and you are worried it might not survive, I'd call them. I bet they are all cute!
06-10-2007, 08:27 PM
Thank you everyone for the advice, i will keep you posted. Unfortunately we have called about 4 animal resuce and humane society groups but because there is such a big stray cat problem here, no one wants to help us. We are worried that the one stuck under the porch is not getting any food, and thus isn't strong enough to jump out the hole with the others. I hate to drop food in there and encourage more wild animals to go after it. I really am a bit torn up about the whole situation...:pout: I just want to corall them all and get them somewhere safe and not worry, but the one stuck has left us hanging. I tried to get momma kitty to go back in, but she won't. (she's very docile and lets me pick her up and licks me, I think she was a house cat that got pregnant and got dumped by her owners:pout:) Hubby doesn't quite understand, but I am very worried about all of them and can't seem to stop worrying until they are gone... but I want to keep them all... but we have 2 cats that are already very hard to keep up with maitenancewise so it wouldn't be fair to bring in another. So, no, we aren't keeping any though I want all 5. Is this how Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome starts?:roflhard:
Definitely how crazy cat lady syndrome begins. LOL I hope the little one comes out safely soon. Let us know so we don't worry, okay??? samm
06-10-2007, 08:51 PM
I'm sorry the rescue groups won't help. If I lived closer, I'd come over & help. (I've rescued many kitties over the last 7 years.)
Would you be able to fit a humane trap under there? Some of them are kinda big, but since kitty is so little, you *might* be able to use one designed to trap squirrels. You can see if one of the rescue groups would be willing to loan you one, or you can see if your local Home Depot, etc. has them.
And good luck! I hope the little one decides to come out soon!
06-10-2007, 09:07 PM
ty misha, but the hole they come and go from is only big enough for a small cat to fit thu. we tried the live trap when mamma was pregnant hoping to get her before she gave birth but I think she was on to us.
I did just go out there and little guy that won't come out is not stuck, all four paws moving, he went to the corner and moved, so that is good, but he still won't come out. I am hoping against hope that he is so spooked that he only comes out at 2 am when no one is out
give me a prayer, or a hope, or whatever you belive, that it all works out, I just want them all safe and healthy:heart:
06-10-2007, 09:12 PM
Momma cats usually are pretty smart.
Here's hoping the little guy comes out soon!!
06-10-2007, 09:32 PM
Hope your little kitty comes out soon. I cannot imagine the anguish of knowing he is in there - I tend to try to move heaven and earth to help animals. My husband and I just took 3 tiny little kitties to the shelter (no kill) today. They came trotting across the yard so I penned them up hoping momma would come looking but 5 hours later no sign of her. We have so many ferrel and displaced house cats around here that I figure they are a ferrel litter. We have 2 dogs and I am allergic to cats to keeping them or feeding them is not an option.
Best of Luck
06-10-2007, 09:59 PM
I really love you all and the support, hubby doesnt get it, "why are you posting kitty stuff to the knitting forum?"
but i know that with the nice serenity or somewhat peace besides ripping you all have a yen for animals.
If i didn't work in mental health I would be a vet. Normal "ish" people scare me. Everyone needs help with something irreregardeless of medication. Animals are the next best accepting thing of their needs and asking for help.
Keep the hopes and prayers coming, I think we need them!
06-11-2007, 06:45 PM
The gray one came out!!!:cheering::cheering:Hubby actually was going to go by a crowbar to rip up the floor of the porch to get him today if he wasn't out! :heart:
On another note, the Minneapolis animal control will only try to save a cat if it is your PET, not strays. Dont' care about stuck strays. Sorry, "we don't want them to die but we can't do anything". something about no leash law for cats in the city. Nice to know my hard earned tax $ is going to pay someone to tell me to basically shove it:pout:
Now... on to corralling them...
BTW, I actually got to pick up and hold 2 of them. :inlove:they are so freaking cute I want to keep them all. I KNEW I shouldn't have picked them up.
"oh, dh, I'm so tired tonight, could we try to grab them tomorrow..?"
aka: "one more day of cute kitties in my yard!"
06-11-2007, 07:05 PM
:cheering:Yay, he came out!
I don't think I'd have the will power to hold them and then let them go! We take alot of donation stuff to our local humane society and before we go in my husband and I always look at each other and say "don't make eye contact". :roflhard: I know if we touched any of them it would be all over.
06-11-2007, 07:08 PM
I'm so glad it came out!! and that response from animal control is just so WRONG!!! maybe if they took CARE of strays, there wouldn't be so many..... (sigh)
I'm a total softie for animals- and like Stitchwitch, have a no cuddling no eye contact rule at the shelter- or we would take them All home.....
06-11-2007, 07:14 PM
:cheering: YAY to the little guy making a appearance, or maybe he is a she and she wanted to wait to make her "grand entrance"?:rofling:
06-11-2007, 07:20 PM
Yay! I'm glad he came out! :cheering:
I can't believe your animal control won't come and help stray animals, sounds like they won't ever have their own show on Animal Planet. I just watched the Phoenix one the other night and they did everything they could to get a stray kitty out of a sewer pipe, (which they were successful at!).
Two of my cats are strays that appeared at my old house. One is a mama cat that after learning she could trust us, she brought her kittens to us. They were the cutest kittens. We took them to a local shelter but kept mama thinking she would be harder to adopt and she's been with us now for 10 years, I think. Our other kitty is from another litter that another mama cat brought to us. He was the cutest of the bunch and so we kept him. He's such a 'fraidy cat though, still acts like he's out in the wild and shies away from everyone and everything! :teehee:
06-11-2007, 08:24 PM
For all of you who have been so supportive, a pic of the gray kittie who oh so reluctantly let me pick him up and hold him (kinda forced myself on him/her)
06-11-2007, 08:31 PM
What a cutie!!! He looks a lot like my grey fuzzball. I'm SO glad he decided to finally come out!! :happydance:
My husband & I met while volunteering for a cat rescue/adoption group. He got 4 of his 6 from there. "This cat has been here too long. She needs a break. I'll take her home for a little while." And we'd laugh at him, b/c we knew the cat wasn't coming back. I used to be that way, but over the years, have gotten really good at knowing my limits and could foster & put up for adoption w/o problem.
06-11-2007, 09:30 PM
He's SO much cuter than the others!!!
06-11-2007, 09:40 PM
:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart: He is soooo cute! :inlove: