Question by SandwichGeneration: Any advice on how to capture a mother cat, I found her litter in my shed this morning?
I found a litter of kittens in my gardening shed this morning. They are very young; it doesn’t appear that they are weaned yet. Mom cat is in the area but runs from people. I have the kittens in a cat carrier, sitting ourside on my deck (in the shade). The kittens would not take water from the bowl. I’ve set water out for the mom.
Answer by DancesWithFelines
You shouldn’t have done that if you knew the mother was around. Try taking the kittens back to where the mother is, leave them in the box or crate you have them in and just keep a distant eye on them. If they aren’t weaned yet the mother can do a better job raising them than you can; and if you take the kittens from her now she will just wander off and all to soon come into season again and start making more.
If you want to do this properly, call you local ASPCA to try and come pick up the mother and the kittens; or get a live trap, put the babies in the trap and capture the mother along with the babies.
The mother is going to wait for the right moment and start moving the babies if she can get to them.
I know you meant well, but unless you want to raise the kittens on a bottle you would do best to put them back where you found them for now. She’ll come back again wen she thinks the coast is clear.
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