I Have So Many Kittens I Don't Know What To Do.....

@dfinster (3538)
United States
March 31, 2008 2:53pm CST
It's kind of like...there was an old lady who lived in a shoe, LOL! I think I have mentioned in the past that last summer my husband and I had a little female kitty who came to our house and was almost starving to death. You could see every bone in her body and we could tell she just had kittens. She was so sickly that it broke my heart so I talked my husband into letting me feed her. Now those of you who know about cats know that if you feed them they'll keep coming back. We discussed that and it was fine with all of us so we just kind of took her in as one of our own. She stays outside though and in the attached garage because it's heated. Well, at the end of last summer she brought her 4 kittens here and they stayed all winter too and we all ended up getting completely attached to them. The problem is, momma kitty decided to go out on a little "adventure" for a few days and is now going to have another litter of kitten. We can't keep all of these cats even though they are outside and I want to be sure they are cared for but don't want to get attached. We had thought that we would let momma kitty nurse them and when they were old enough we'd take them to the shelter near us. It's a "no kill" shelter and they keep the animals until they find a home. I know a person who works there and she says they take good care of them. It's a brand new place and is a really nice facility, but I'm having a hard time thinking about taking them there. What would you do? Would you care for an animal that was in need?
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I've done this very thing recently. We can't have pets here but two small female kittens wandered into our yard a couple of months ago, very cold out, and they were thin. We started feeding them outside until I could catch them to get them inside. The plan was to get them tamed enough to be handled so we could get them to the vet to get spayed. I wasn't going to leave them out there to continue to perpetuate the abandoned kitty population. Laverne and Shirley were spayed last month and are doing fine, and are now indoor/outdoor cats. If my landlord finds out (he lives next door), they will have to be outdoors all the time, so I had to prepare them for that. We are on a fixed income, but we scrimped to be able to get them spayed, even if we couldn't afford to do the whole regimen of shots, etc. If you can't take care of them, you have no business getting involved. A lot of places have low cost spay/neuter programs. If yours doesn't and you can't afford to do it yourself, I think you should take them all to the shelter. If you get attached, you need to take responsibility.
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I'm not sure I understand what you mean here about taking responsibilty. We have taken responsibilty and fed and cared for her her and the litter she brought here. They get to stay in the heated attached garage, they get plenty of food and brought into the house a little bit each day and get to run and be outside when it's warm enough. We made them beds and have clean litter boxes for them. We just had no idea that the momma would get pregnant right away because she's stayed at our house since she came here last summer. I think I am taking responsibility by asking advice about making the right decision with what to do now that she's going to have another litter. I take full responsibilty and just want to see what others suggestions are.
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Do you not realize where kittens come from? That female cats normally have two litters a year? You accepted some form of responsibility when you chose to feed her and allow her to stay on your property. Having done that, you need to take care of the kittens and take care of her by getting her fixed, or be in a position to take care of hundreds of kittens before this is over. If you can't (or won't) do that, you need to give her to someone that will (the shelter or someone else you can find).
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I'm not trying to argue with you, sweetie, and I applaud what you've already done. All I'm saying is that you started this, now you need to finish it. If you can't afford to get her spayed (and I struggled with that very same thing with the two that are here, believe me), then you need to do the right thing and turn her/them over to someone that can get it done.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
I am the same as you. I feel I have to take care of every stray I find. I also take animals from people who cant have them any more for what ever reason. I keep them a while till I can find them a home. In your case I would take the kittens to the shelter. At least you know the babies will get a good home and not be strays like there mom. Have you ever thought of having her spayed? I know it costs a bit but then she wouldnt have kittens anymore. And you wouldnt have this happen again. Or you could take her to the pound as well and they would spay her and find her a home. You are doing the right thing by taking them to the pound. They need a loviing home with food in there bellys all the time. They dont need to be left to fend for them selves. What ever you decide is the right thing. ~May The Kisses Of An Angel Cover And Protect You Always~ Copper
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• United States
2 Apr 08
Your welcome. ~May The Kisses Of An Angel Cover And Protect You Always!~ Copper
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• United States
1 Apr 08
I used to have around 30 or 40 kittens at home. It started by just adopting 2 little kittens. In a span of just over 2 years, we had to feed about nearly 40 cats and kittens combined. I feel for you. But here's what you can do. First, of course never ever kill them. Good to hear that your place is a "no kill" shelter for these lovely kittens. But what you can probably do is to start emailing your friends for some help. They can adopt for find them a new home. What we did back then was a little drastic, and it's bad I suppose. We really were already at a loss on how to take care of them, because we were really running out of food to feed them. So what we did was to portion food for them only once a day. Because that is what we can only afford. We tried to go around our neighbors if they want to adopt. We were successful at giving away some. But we had to stick in feeding them once a day. A few months, we found some of our cats doing their adoption process themselves lol. We see them being fed by our neighbors and there would find their new shelter. Your neighbors are your immediate source of help right now. Go and try to ask them if they are willing to adopt. If not, I think the cats will do it their own way. lol
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I would never ever under any circumastances kill them. My neighbors won't take them so I think I'm leaning towards the shelter.
• United States
1 Apr 08
You're a great person for rescueing the cats! I've done it loads of times myself. It's like they know where to come, isn't it? lol Get Mama cat spayed! The shelter will probably spay and neuter the kittens or have a contract with the adopters to do so. Different vets charge different fees for it. Some are just ridiculous, but some are quite reasonable. You'll be doing Mama a big favor! The kittens will be great at a "no kill" shelter! It's the best place for them, really. People will adopt them as soon as they get there and are made available. Again, great work!
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Thanks for the comments. If I have my way I'll get momma spayed because she is such a sweet and loving little girl. She like to snuggle on the couch with me when I bring her in the house once in a while.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I don't know, I am in the same situation. We started out with one stray. She was outside. She then had 2 kittens. One was hit by a car. She then had another 3 and they are still here. She is pregnant again and I am sure that some of the others are probably females and will end up that way too. We just caught her and gave her away, but the others won't let you close enough to pick them up. We are thinking we are going to have to get rid of all of them. We are being over ran with cats. I wish our shelter was like that, I don't want to take then to the shelter because I would think they probably would be killed.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
If you look on Petfinder.com you can find good shelters near you. They may even come to get them. Just make sure they are a "no kill" shelter. I was surprised at how many there are in my area! I had no idea!
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@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Here's the situation my stepson has put us in... (and lets hope some people don't read this because I don't feel like taking a beating right now...just in case I will say this in my defense, this is not my house, my stepson is not my responsibility, and there are plenty of things I disagree with but really can't do anything about because that's the way this family treats me) Anyway...he brought home one female cat last year. Then FIL brought home a male cat (that one actually had been claimed before the female was here). Naturally they had kittens. The plan originally was to keep the momma cat inside when she was close to giving birth so the kittens would be around people so they would be friendly and easy to find homes for. Well that didn't happen. Long story short, it took months before we could get near them, they still aren't too friendly and so they're still here...4 males and one female. Then stepson's girlfriend needed a new home for her male cat. So it's now spring and we have 6 male cats fighting over 2 females...could be worse we could have 6 females lol! And I'm sure we'll add two batches of kittens before long. We certainly can not keep that many cats (plus he has a dog that is plenty old enough for a litter of pups). I would love to pare it down to one or two male cats at the most. But of course no one will listen to me so who knows what will happen. So if I were in your shoes, as hard as it would be, I would give them all to the no kill shelter except for one or two male kittens (from the first batch or the second). This is one of the reasons I really don't like having any pets. Tough decisions have to be made and I'm really too much of a softy.
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I agree with you, this type of decision is really tough for me too. I just want to make sure they all get a good home.
@jenni7202 (1599)
• United States
31 Mar 08
I personally wouldn't be able to give them up! I used to work for an Animal Hospital, and we would catch all the local strays and spay and neuter them so that there were less kittens being born. I think that if your worried about your cat having more kittens, then the best thing for you to do would be to get her fixed. As for the kittens themselves, if you feel you can't get rid of them and you have the means to take care of all of them, then keep them! It's easy for me to say this, because I get extremely attached to animals, and can't find the courage to get rid of them. I currently have a pit bull, who is from a litter of 11. Out of the 11, there was 10 that lived, one was a still-born. Their mother was taken from them, because of a misunderstanding with a local camp ground, because that's where the puppies were born. Luckily the puppies were old enough to be able to eat some dry food by this point, even though it had to be moistened up a good bit. We took care of those 10 puppies, and found homes for 9 of them. Each time one left us, I cried, it was horrible. I wish I could have kept them all, but they didn't all get along with one another. It truly is your choice what you do with the kittens. If you can take care of them, do so, but I'd recommend getting them all fixed so that there aren't any more kittens being born, especially interbreeding kittens. If you can't, there's always that no-kill shelter. We have one by our home, and there is a pit bull there named Sophie, that has been there since March of 2007. She's the most gorgeous, loveable dog, but everytime someone tries to adopt her they're house insurance won't except her. I feel so bad, and would love to take her in, but my dog doesn't get along with females. Good luck with the kittens, and be sure to give us an update! Possibly, even some pictures!
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I understand about the getting so attached. That's why I'm asking what people would do because I'm attached and have cared for them since last summer. Giving the babies away is going to be painful but I just can't afford to have so many cats.
@Phlamingho (7834)
• Denmark
31 Mar 08
I think you did a lovely thing, and yes I would probably have done the same - but at some point you have to say stop - you can't keep all those cats. I can understand that you can't bring yourself to kill the kittens, I could never do that myself either. The shelter thing sounds like a good plan. Don't keep all those cats :-)
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@dfinster (3538)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I won't be keeping all of them the little ones will go to the shelter and they aren't in cages there. They have a few really nice big rooms that they get to play with other cats.
@98765m (1021)
• India
3 Apr 08
Its really nice of you to take care of the cat even though its not yours........i think you should spay her.If you husband doesnt pay,then I think you can try to earn something to her spayed.Sorry,i donot know the exact cost involved.I also agree that you can leave your kittens in the "no kill" shelter.I think they will find a home for them soon. I hope you find a solution for this problem soon. Cheers! ======== Defeat the defeat before the defeat defeats you. ========
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
3 Apr 08
I would do that too or put an add in the paper for adoption but I would seriously suggest you get momma cat spayed and any of the kittens you are keeping spayed or neutered.
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@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I actually was in your situationonce. I had a kitty that kept getting pregnant. The kittens were so adorable, I stalled on getting her fixed. I found two very good ways of finding homes for the kittens. One was to put a little sign up on the bulletin board in a pet food store. the people called me and I was able to interview them and make sure they wanted the kittens for the right reasons and could give them a good home. The other was to take the kittens,once they were 8 weeks old, to a reputable pet store and donate them. The store sells them but the chances are pretty good that they'll find a good home if it's a good pet shop. Stores won't take them until they are 8 weeks old and it's important to get them as close to that age as possible so they are still very young and cute. Very small Kittens are extremely easy for a pet shop to sell, especially if they are a little unusual. My cat actually had some polka dot kittens. They were white with little black spots and the oddest, cutest little things you ever saw. The pet store sold both of them in a day. Good Luck whatever you decide to do.
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@bluemars (952)
• Australia
1 Apr 08
If I decided to make this animal my pet and really care and look after it then I would do so that also it does not make my life more harder by getting the animal fixed. That way you can still enjoy the pet but you won't be stuck with more mouths to feed or animals who don't have a home to go to.
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@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I would of kept her locked up in the garage or somewhere so she couldn't go on any more adventures. Then once her weight was back up, I would of gotten her spayed so she couldn't have anymore kittens.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
1 Apr 08
It's very admirable of you that you took care of that kitty, and it's good that you hope to bring her kittens to a shelter where they can find new homes and yes that should be done, but you're really going to have to think and consider in terms of getting her fix, otherwise you're going to keep having more litters of kittens on your hands
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• United States
31 Mar 08
Awwwww, kittens! I have a soft spot for them :) As others have said, you really should have your cat fixed. There are far too many stray cats around, and more just makes the situation worse by putting more in shelters etc...
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