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Old 02-26-2014, 10:15 AM
 
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She's the last of the 3 strays who wintered in insulated dog houses stuffed with straw. The other two strays have been gone for 2 weeks and 1 week respectively. I surmise they've run out of 9 lives as I can't imagine leaving a shelter and food source.... and neither were particularly friendly.

She's a friendly little tortie... and when I gave her a belly rub yesterday..........oh no! Swollen nipples...

I've called the usual "foster agencies" - nobody has any room.

It's still pretty cold here...in the 20's.

I could move Charcoal's "townhouse" cage to the shared basement. It's a spooky basement, but it is warmer than outside. Or I could let her do her own thing and let nature take it's course.

I don't how far along she is. She is being well fed.

*(^&*#@&*( who the devil is the father???? None of us have seen any intact males in the neighborhood.

I hate being in this position.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I would personally bring her in, at least to the basement...basically give her as comfortable an accomodation as I could reasonably manage...let her live there during the course of her pregnancy, continue to try and reach out to as many orgs as you can find to see if anyone is willing to shelter her and/or her babies (when they're born) or foster or adopt or whatever. At the very last resort, once the little ones are born and when it's safe, you could get her spayed prior to re-release, if no home can be found, and have the little ones fixed.

Ultimately letting nature take its course means that any that survive the cold will be able to keep breeding. They need to get fixed at the very least.

Thank you for caring! I know we can't save 'em all...
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:21 AM
 
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It may be possible to abort during a spay. I'm sure it depends on how far along she is. I'd capture her and take her to the vet for an exam and shots. Keep her in the basement if she's too far along for a spay.
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Old 02-26-2014, 11:31 AM
 
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It may be possible to abort during a spay. I'm sure it depends on how far along she is. I'd capture her and take her to the vet for an exam and shots. Keep her in the basement if she's too far along for a spay.
Hopes - I called my vet. . It's $600. The Low Cost place won't spay pg animals.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Hopes--if she already has swollen nipples, she may be just days away from delivering. :-(

If she won't be terrified of the confinement, I'd try to move her into the basement. Bring in the dog house she's been sleeping in so she has something familiar.

What a tough situation to be in. I applaud all of your efforts though in trying.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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Looks like you will have a basement dweller. There will be a spot for you in heaven taking this mother into your home.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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Rene.....the doghouse is waaaaaaaay too big to fit in the cage.

I've got her bowls. I have a litter box for her. She has demonstrated good toileting habits using our snow as litter.. because there is nothing else to use since it hasn't melted yet. I just need a deep bed, bedding............and someone to help carry the cage down three flights of stairs. I certainly can't.

Charcoal is not going to be a happy camper with me taking his cage. He loves it- silly kitty. Guess I'll have to find him something else...though business stinks right now and funds are tight.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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She doesn't need a fancy townhouse cage. A cardboard box with blankets/towels will do. After you get her vetted, you might even let her in the main house. You said it's a shared basement. Will the people you share it with mind you using it to house a feral cat and kittens?
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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She doesn't need a fancy townhouse cage. A cardboard box with blankets/towels will do. After you get her vetted, you might even let her in the main house. You said it's a shared basement. Will the people you share it with mind you using it to house a feral cat and kittens?
My guess is the OP is using a large cage to confine her in the basement vs. letting her have free range. That is certainly better than having kittens outdoors.

I wish you the best of luck in getting her situated. Please keep us updated.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:10 PM
 
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Bingo - Rene. She can't have free access to the basement. This is an antique house... fieldstone foundation and a good part of the basement floor is actually dirt.

My basement is shared with downstairs tenant. He took two cats I rescued.
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