Unexpected kitties

Black mama cat and tuxedo kitten, cuddling, by Elizabeth RuffingMy mom and I had a surprise while we were visiting the duck pond last Friday.

View from across the pond, by Elizabeth RuffingMy mom saw something white moving on the opposite side of the pond. I couldn’t make it out exactly either, and so we made our way around to the other side.

The water's edge, by Elizabeth RuffingAs we got closer, I realized there was a mama cat, and at least one kitten, getting a drink by the water’s edge.

Brush pile, by Elizabeth RuffingThey scooted into a brush pile. I saw the kitten’s white feet as she dove into the pile.

Setting up a trap by the brush pile, by Elizabeth RuffingMy dad’s car broke down recently, and he borrowed mine. So, I had no way to go get a trap. I was very lucky to find a neighbor who was home, who had one. His wife had gotten it, and neither he nor I knew how it operated. We finally figured it out, and I set it up by the brush pile, with food inside.

Black mama cat, by Elizabeth RuffingThe black mama cat got in very soon afterward.

I put her in my bathroom, and while trying to transfer her to a carrier so I could reuse the trap, she got loose, and climbed my wall and shower curtain. I thought she was feral, but it turned out she was very tame. She must have either thought I was trying to kill her, or she’d never been inside a house before.

She seemed nervous, and I am sure sure was worried about her baby. Someone must have dropped them off by the highway, which was close to the brush pile.

Back through the trees, by Elizabeth RuffingI brought the trap back through the trees, to the brush pile, checked on it every couple of hours, but no kitten appeared.

View of the pond, through the trees, by Elizabeth RuffingI went back around the pond to the same spot, the next day, and left the trap out again. Much to my surprise, when I came back to check the trap, there was a tiny black-and-white tuxedo kitten inside. I was so relieved.

Black-and-white tuxedo kitten, by Elizabeth RuffingI put the trap in my bathtub and she looked right up at me, mewing. She didn’t seem feral either, and I carefully opened the trap door. She came right out, and let me pick her up. I put her in the carrier where her mom was resting, leaving the door of the carrier open in case they needed to use the litter box.

Black mama cat, by Elizabeth RuffingI could tell the mama was very relieved and happy. She calmed way down, started eating like crazy, and wanted lots of belly rubs.

Black-and-white tuxedo kitten, by Elizabeth RuffingThe kitten was shy at first, but within a couple of days, she and her mom both greeted me with upturned bellies, for belly rubs. I am calling the mama Bindi, and the kitten Jojo. For now, they are staying in my bathroom.

I have been leaving the trap out, now for a couple of hours a day, but no more kittens have shown up. I hope there are no more out there. Update: I put the trap out for eight days, checking it every couple of hours, and no more kittens appeared. I still hope these are the only two that were there.

Black mama cat and black-and-white tuxedo kitten, by Elizabeth Ruffing

Please spay and neuter your pets and please consider adopting a pet.

Comments

  • That’s wonderful what you did to help this mother cat and her kitten. I have three adopted strays now, two of them are tuxedo cats. One of the tuxedos was just a kitten when we found him in an abandoned storefront across the street where we live. That was only about 3 months ago. Sorry, I am just rambling here, but I just felt very touched to see this blog page of yours. I was just killing some time doing Google image searches for tuxedo kittens, and one of the images linked to your blog. Glad I came. Thanks. Oh yeah, your art products look really great too.

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