Thursday, April 30, 2009

TNR Adventures - #4 Peaches and Kittens

Well, this one sure didn't go as planned! Sorry for not updating for a while, but I've been pretty busy and have had a hard enough time trying to remember to post to my other blog, DogsDeserveFreedom. Unfortunately, this one has taken a back-burner. Sorry. I will try to remember to post more often (especially now we have kittens)

Peaches was #4. She was the first female we caught. Imagine my surprise when we found out she was not only quite friendly but also already pregnant!

Now, you can spay cats that are pregnant if they are at the beginning of their pregnancy and abort the kittens. This was not an option with Peaches. She was too far along. There's a point in every cat pregnancy where the kittens are so far developed that if you spay, then you would have to euthanize the kittens as they came out. We're not in this game to euthanize newborn kittens.

If we were, we'd just euthanize the cats we caught - that would be cheaper, right?

So, now we have this cat and her kittens living in a spare room at our house. She's orange and white. Her kittens are quite cute - two orange and white, one orange tabby, one calico, and two tortiseshells.

She's thin, you can see her bone structure, and she has tapeworms. You can see the tape segments as they're coming out - it's REALLY gross. We have been told that you can de-worm cats when they are lactating, but have found that if you do that then the milk dries up. Since we're not really interested in hand-feeding the kittens, we have opted to wait until the kittens are old enough to eat solids before deworming Peaches.

I'll post pictures as soon as I get them. When the kittens are old enough, we'll find them homes and donate the rehoming fee to the humane society.

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