Mommy and Babies
I came upon the mother cat last winter around Feb. I have one outside cat (Charlie) and when he is outside I put food out for him. I saw the mother cat sneaking some of his food and Charlie would chase her away. The next time I saw her she looked bigger and she was friendlier; she was pregnant I thought. I called the Humane Society several times that week when she was coming by for food and I took a picture of her. The Humane Society here in Alliston said that they do not have a shelter but I could e-mail the picture of her so they can put it in their records and if someone has lost her they will call.
I didn't see the mother cat for awhile (about a month I think). She came back by herself, so I thought, but was much, much skinnier and I was worried about her health. She was at my house outside on my picnic table for a week. Then all of a sudden up came 3 kittens from under my deck one morning. I looked on the calendar when the last time I saw her pregnant it looked to me that they might be 8 weeks old. So I put the 3 kittens in my house and left the mother cat outside just in case she had other kittens. Sure enough, within two days up came another kitten.
I already have five cats, so I could not keep them or afford them. I called the Humane Society but they said that they had too many right now and no shelter. So I called the Animal Alliance my local Global pet store said that they might help me. They never called me back, so I looked up there web site and e-mailed there dog shelter. The people at the dog shelter forwarded my e-mail to Animal Alliance, but they were also overwhelmed with too many cats and could not help me. I sent a picture of the mother cat to them as well, for them to put the picture on their website.
I thought 'What am I going to do?' Two cats are enough and I have five of my own and now I have a mother cat and 4 kittens that no one wants. So I called Furry Friends at the Barrie PetSmart store and the next day my husband and I went to talk personally to Marie and Lorraine. Marie said to me 'If you are willing to be foster parents to the cats then we can help you, because we have too many cats and not enough foster parents.' My husband and I said 'Yes we will be foster parents and will take care of them until they can be adopted out at Furry Friends.'
Furry Friends took care of all the checkups, spaying of the mother and first shots for the little family of cats that I found on my deck. My husband and I were on holidays, mostly fixing up our house and had no plans of going anywhere so it worked out fine. All of the kittens and the mother were adopted out at Furry Friends right away.
foster parent for Furry Friends