Posted: Apr 6, 2008 4:50 pm
this is a damned-if-i-do-damned-if-i-don't situation...
earlier today, one of the dogs couldn't get her nose away from this corner booth type sitting device we have in a corner of the front porch. i figured a mouse, rat, vole or other rodent ran back behind it and the dog smelled it and was trying to flush it out
this evening, my friend who was over for dinner kept hearing a kitten cry. i told him we had two cats in the house and that was probably what he was hearing... he didn't know we had two cats, so he went inside to try to see either of them, but he didn't hear the meowing
so we followed the sound and it was coming from between the house and the seat.
it was dark by this point, so i went to get a flashlight, and yes, lo and behold, a cat was back there... so we pulled the seat away from the house and the cat scurried away but the meowing continued
we lifted the seat up and leaned it against us and found in the space under the seat, IN the wood frame that the seat perches upon... three creatures that at first i thought were mice... but when we looked closer... they were new born kittens... one crying... another on the verge of death and the other one totally dead (stillborn?)
i called animal control, which of course, was closed but there outgoing message didn't have a number that connected with any person on duty.
we didn't want to dispose of the dead kitten, and the dying one had died by this point... and we also didn't want to move the one that was alive, so as to upset the mother, which we hoped would return to nurse her baby...
in my house we already have 3 dogs, 2 cats and we are baby sitting a 2-month old puppy for 4 days... so bringing in a new born feral kitten is out of the question....
will the mother cat come back?
why would the pregnant cat come to a house where 3 dogs live and roam freely on the property to have her kittens anyway? can't she smell the dogs?
i don't know what to do for this lone kitten that's going to need its mother... and i have no idea if the mother is going to come back in the middle of the night to nurse her kitten...
anyone have an experience like this at all? what do i do?