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...and thank heavens it was a patient trapping coordinator that called me as we continued through learning about the TNR process.
The biggest information she gave me was that the kittens have to weight at least 2 pounds before they can be trapped.
Because of this she recommended we wait until after the first week of August to get the cages.
If we catch the kittens and they are too small, the vet will not spay or neuter them. Apparently, the cats become leary of the traps then so it becomes much more difficult to catch them the second time.
When it gets close to that time another person will contact me who will make an appointment to come to our home with the traps. She will show us when and how to use them.
I'm very nervous about that whole part of the process.
We don't want to hurt them and we don't want to get attacked.
Once they are in the humane traps we then transport them to a participating vet who will examine, spay or neuter each and then mark them.
Because of the anesthesia they will not be able to regulate their body temperature for 24 hours and it is recommended we do not bring them inside.
Apparently we will place all the cages together, cover them with damp sheets and blow an electric fan across the cages to keep them cool.
Not only will our temperatures be in the high teens in early August we will also be in the middle of monsoon season, so this should be quite interesting.
As of this writing I believe there may only be two or three kittens left.
The smallest black one hasn't been around in a week or so but, again, it is really difficult to see them. They are fast and shy and rarely come out at all into the side yard.
We have not been seeing the Mom much lately either although there were a bunch of bird feathers by and in the water dish when I went out to feed and water them this morning.
I won't have any more news on trapping the cats for about a month but after we get our instructions I'll let you know what's happening with them.
Our Grandlittles are quite fascinated with this process. They are planning to help with the trapping which will be a good thing.
I learn as I get older how little I actually know. There are so many things in the world that I am unaware of at all. Feral cats is one of those categories.
I believe that all knowledge is good knowledge. I just hope this whole scenario ends well for the little wild cats.