Our family has doubled.....
If there were ever an argument against outside cats....read on.
A few years ago a gray cat showed up on the patio, we called her Gray Kitty. (gray striped cat!) It soon became obvious that she was carrying a litter, then that she was nursing....I pitied her having to hunt and feed a litter so I fed her, but we never saw kittens. Fast forward a year, June 2010 she brought us 4 kittens, 2 blacks, 1 gray stripe and a siamese.
I bought them all a heated water bowl, then an igloo...thn a heater for the igloo. Someone took the little Siamese, the little Gray became Grady and is our indoor/outdoor cat. The two black ones are semi friendly but we cannot get them to catch them. This spring Gray Kitty/Mama had one kitten. I named her Ms Spits but hubby calls her Baby-Baby. Mama abandoned her on the back porch one night, surrounded by raccoons. Baby is now a fulltime indoor cat, spayed a few weeks ago. Mama then had a second litter of a gray stripe, a black and a Himalayan looking... (If you are sensitive stop reading now)
We started having some troubles about a month ago. Finding pieces of dead things, noticing the animals were all acting 'off'. Found a deer carcass in the front yard, dead rabbits or rabbit parts in the back. The igloo had blood splashed on the inside, animal pieces in it...the cats NEVER did that. Then Mama and the kittens were gone, I was heartbroken. After a few days they showed up, less the baby black, sadly I found her tail, I cried for an hour. Now Mama is gone....and we have 7 indoor cats. Two kittens (currently in hiding) plus our Baby-Baby, Grady and our 3 boys. The two adult black cats won't come in or they would be here as well.
The Game Warden feels we may have a Fisher, we know there is a pack of coyotes in the area but he seems to think that it is a fisher coming after the cats. The two kittens we have just brought in the past 2 days are semi feral so we are working to tame them and set them at ease. Most likely they will be adopted out....except hubby loves the Himmie. So time will tell. For right now we are a family of 7 cats with 2 nervous lovebirds! LOL!!
Nothing hurts me more than knowing that creatures I cared for have ended up as dinner. I guess it is part of nature but not part I want to help along. So help....how do earn their confidence? They were locked in a room but when I walked out to answer a phone I must not have closed the door enough, one of mine went in and the door was wide open. Not sure where they are now tho I glance at them in passing. They have not been coming to eat when I feed the others so I put a plate in 'their room' which gets eaten, hopefully by them. HELP!