Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Feral kitty update

For those of you who know the story, we took in 2 feral kittens.   A litter of 3 was born in our neighbor's yard, but she is a CAT HATER!  She complained and complained about them.  Well, I fed the mother cat in OUR yard and soon the 3 of them were...uh...pooping in her yard and she had a FIT!  Oye vei!  So, she called a company that came with 2 steel cage traps.  She was able to catch the 2 kittens (which she DID give to us) and then the 3rd kitten (which she gave to us also), but the last one escaped an hour after we put all 3 of them into our old dog kennel and covered it with lattice on top.  To this day I haven't figured out how the little critter got out!  He came around for about a week and cleaned out the cans of cat food I "accidentally" left out for him and I'd see his little white feet go scamper, scamper in the morning.  She put out traps again and caught him and there wasn't anything I could do.  They were ALL feral.  Momma cat has complete disappeared.  I have no idea what happened to her, but this little guy went to the Humane Society (to be euthanized), or who knows...I listened to his painful cries when he was trapped the 2nd time, but he was in her yard and she wasn't about to give him to us again...sigh...So momma and 1 kitten are GONE.

But, we have the other two and they are quite content to live in their cat house.  They have toys, a log for scratching, water, a kitty box (which they both use) and plenty of food.  They are getting quite curious about me, but they do NOT like the dogs!  Ugh, ugh.  No way!  One of them, the little tabby, is quite curious and wants to be friends, but her sister? brother? (the black and white one) is still shy.  We've had them now for about 3 weeks and I'll TRY to get a photo of them, but they spend most of their time in their cat house!

We have two aging outdoor cats, but I won't be able to let the little ones out because our neighbor will kill them, so they may be destined for a life inside a cat house.  Over Christmas vacation, I'll have a friend come over and build them a nice, BIG cat house and I'm afraid they will be destined to live in it.

Such a sad woman's HATRED for cats!


Katharine Swan said...

It sounds like you really need to try your best to socialize them to accept people! Since they're still so young, you might be able to get them at least comfortable with you, and then you can say they are pets that are just shy with most people. That's not uncommon with cats. If you can get collars on them, though, she can't trap them and claim that they're feral. Microchips would be even better! And if they're socialized to accept humans, they'll have a better chance at the rest of their lives if you're not always around to protect them.

Cheryl Ann said...

Kathryn, thank you...that is my plan. I have to get our dog microchipped in the next coupld of weeks...that's the law here now in our county. I WILL try to socialize and hold them, but right now they are too afraid of people. Thanks for the tips!
Cheryl Ann