A few weekends ago when we were still looking for GT we had expanded our search and flyer posting to several miles out into the country where we had known of stray colonies. One of the locations we checked no longer had any cats (we left some food just in case) but we did see and hear some kittens crying near the river. Upon a closer look we could see two small kittens but no mother. There were also some young children that were trying to coax the scared kittens out from under the bushes. I asked the little girl if they were her kittens and she said indicated yes. Then I asked her if she brought them with her and she said yes again. We were pretty disappointed to think that parents would allow their children to bring helpless kittens to such a remote location for a family picnic and then essentially loose them. As we left I told the little girl to make sure she didn’t leave without getting them and taking them home. Of course it’s also possible that the children didn’t bring them but hoped to leave with them. Regardless there was no sign of a mother cat or any other cats for that matter and this was a fairly wild area.
All week long we knew in the back of our minds that the chance of the kittens being left behind was extremely high so on Sunday we drove back out to the location by the river and sure enough, there was still one kitten hiding out under the bushes.
Art tried to get it by a food offering but quickly realized that was not going to work. He climbed through some raspberry bushes, enduring mosquito bites and thorns for just the right opportunity to quickly grab the tiny hungry kitten, wrap him in a shirt and we drive back home.
Obviously this little guy hasn’t eaten properly for at least a week and is very timid if loose on the ground, but is purring louder every hour when handled and is making up for any meals he might have missed.
We’re keeping him (we think it’s a boy but it’s so young it’s a little had to tell) confined to a carrier/kennel with water/food/toys, making frequent (and successful) visits to the litter-box and lots of holding with body pets to help acclimate this fearful little thing. Aside from serious neglect for at least the past week, this little baby is in great health. I suspect it will take a while for him to feel comfortable when turned loose and not run/hide but he’s taking well to affection and handling. I think a home without young children will be an especially good choice for this furry little friend.
So, the last thing we need is another cat, but I think it’s safe to say that we’re in a better position to foster and re-home this baby than anyone else he’s encountered to far.