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It's not Werthers
But she is a similar grey cat.

And she's a mommy.

I have never dealt with kittens before. At least bowling and chess are over. And hey, Details will be a fount of information for me...

There are an as-yet-uncounted number of kittens nesting with their mommy behind the shelves in front of my space in our garage.

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I know nothing about kittens either (at least, freshly born kittens, or kittens who don't know how to eat out of a food dish or use a litter box--that's something all cats just know, btw, unless they are separated from their mother too early, and even then most pick it up pretty easily).

However, I look at it this way. Mother Nature knows what she's doing, and chances are, this mom cat does too. As long as she doesn't abandon them (and as they get a little older, she will leave them for short periods, but I'm not sure when that is), I think she can handle it. But, it's good to know what to do just in case intervention is necessary, so I'm glad you know someone who can give you real advice (of course, it would probably really help the mom out if you left her some cat food, and if at some point you provide kitten food, if they are going to get to stay in the garage).

The question is: Do they get to stay? ;)

No, they do not get to stay. I don't personally believe in "outside-only" cats, even though that's what Werthers was. If this mommy cat sticks around from being fed while she's caring for kittens, then we'll have another outside cat. But I'd prefer to give her children the chance at indoor home.

I don't know if I've written about this in my journal, but Details is heavily involved with pet rescue, and connected in the local pet rescue community.

She can tell me whether I'm stuck with fostering them, or whether she has an available foster home for them; give me advice about caring for the mom (if more is involved than putting out food and water); help move them if that's possible; tell me about handling the kittens, since they need to be handled to be adoptable, that kind of thing. I'm actually peripherally aware of caring for kittens, after almost a year of hearing Details talk about it. There's worming and other icky stuff.

I have plans to make sure that the mommy cat gets spayed if at all possible (if she disappears, I don't have much choice); Details can help arrange that as well. We won't be able to provide proper after-care for her, since she can't be in the house due to Flar's allergies.

Note to those who don't know: Flar starts showing signs of respiratory distress in the presence of cats, and can't take any allergy meds stronger than Allegra due to his blood pressure and kidney conditions. This time of year, the Allegra can barely keep up with Kentucky pollens. So, it's not just a mild dislike of cats issue on his part.

This is really hard on me. I love cats, especially kittens. But I won't get to keep these animals, and I have a strong sense of responsibility for their proper care. So if I sound all cold-hearted in this reply, it's because I don't want to get attached.

I would love more than anything, being able to keep one of these kittens for Tigger to care for. But that can't happen.

Can you at least take a picture for the rest of us? I hope that your friend is able to give you lots of information (and find them good homes)
I really don't know what to do with itty-bitty-kitties, either; although I do know (now) that Puppy and Bosco were (inadvertently) taken from their Moms too early.
What will you do if Tigger *wants* to keep one?

I will explain that Daddy won't allow it, and be careful not to load any emotional baggage into that.

It wouldn't be fair to Flar.

Awwwwwwwwwwwww. Mother cats are really good about caring for their babies, you really shouldn't have to do anything for them. The only problem with outdoor kittens is that they tend to become wild as they grow up, afraid of humans, they'll run and be impossible to catch (without getting scratched up and bitten), especially if their mother is feral as well. Some people tell you not to touch the babies, that the mother will kill them or reject them if you do that. This happens very infrequently, cats aren't really like hamsters(who will do that if their babies are in "danger" and smell strange) or other animals that do that, but they can reject them occasionally. If you are feeding the mother and petting her, however, she really shouldn't mind too much. You can't hurt a newborn kitten to touch it and pick it up unless you like squish it or something, so if you want to you can hold them. It'd be better if you could find the mother and her litter a home that would later give the babies out as that way the kittens will get used to humans and be much easier to give away when they're old enough (6-8 weeks). I'd offer to take her in but my home is rather full of cats and I'm not there enough as it is (Granny will murder me). But at any rate, you're really ok as long as the mother doesn't die or get run over or something, she'll take really good care of them on her own =0D Kittens awwwww love baby kittens so much.

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