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~michelle~
December 25th, 2006, 07:48 PM
so a friend of mine found a pregnant kitty on the street all dirty and such a couple of weeks ago. she doesnt know much about cats doesnt have much time etc to watch her, so she asked if i could watch her and take care of her until she has her litter and its weened and ready to find homes. i said OK, since it was a black kitty and i know they can be hard to rehome and she was super preg i figured a shelter wouldnt be a great place for her so i took her in. was going to take her to the vet but before i could she had the kittens( she had them the day after i brought her home). she had 5. the birth went well, no complications or anything shes being a very good momma, called the vet said wait a couple of weeks before bringing her in if theres not signs of complications or illness.
shes doing great as are all of the kittens. i have been doing research every freee minute i can to try to stay as informed on kitten development as possible.
i was wondering what would be the best way of finding the kittens homes? should i work with a rescue? i know many of them are overwhelmed with cats. or can i do them myself? I have had a few people inquire about them but have told them no because they want to use them to catch mice, or want to declaw them. i already have told some people that are interested i wont let them go to homes that wont spay/neuter.
i was going to charge an adoption fee that would go directly to getting momma kitten spayed and shots up to date so she would easily be rehomed.

can i please get advice (no critisms pls, i just had her brought to me like this)

also i have been feeding her evo and i was told to give her an egg everyweek to help her while shes feeding? ( i didnt know if the was nec, because shes on such a high protein food)

CyberKitten
December 26th, 2006, 05:50 AM
Whatever you do, do not allow rhem to be adopted by anyone before they are spayed or neutered. You camn charge a fee for the adoption to cover the cost but sad to say many ppl wil niot bother to neuter or spay. Do you have a clinic or vet who mighy help you given that you took them in as strays? You could try to find a good rescue but they too are inundated.

Draw up a contract with many stipulations. The ideal is 12 weeks for adoption but I know some rescues use the 8 wk period - any sooner and they do not have the social or other skills they need. They should also have their vaccinations before they go - you never know what you might find in other homes. You cuold ask various groups in your area to post a courtesy adoption notice. There are sample adoption contracts somewhere on this site - I'll look up ours for Siamese Rescue when I have time.

Good luck!!! Please do a home visit if you can - these are babies going to a new home and you want the best for them. (Unless it is someone you know really well, like family or your best friend in the world whose opinions about cat care you already know).

Post notices in vet offices, your work place, churches. Always charge a fee - NEVER EVER use that God awful free to good home. It's a sad dangerous world out there for cats when people who use kittens for snake food, for fighting dogs, will do anything to them, think that the person seeking to adopt homes for them does not value them enough to charge a fee.

CyberKitten
December 26th, 2006, 06:11 AM
Here are the adoption rules for one of the chapters of Siamese rescues: (and if you think $150 is high, it cists S Rescue, often 10 X that for testing and vet care.) You may certainly want to charge less but please charge some fee!! Abd please have them see a vet before you place them!

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Frenchy
December 26th, 2006, 11:23 AM
Rescues are full but you could maybe ask them if they could take the kittens under their rescue but offer to foster them ? That would help you with the vet cost and the kittens could get everything they need (shots and spay/neuter) before their adoption. And the potential adopters would get screen by the rescue ?

TeriM
December 26th, 2006, 03:27 PM
You are awesome for volunteering to look after this poor cat and her babies :thumbs up . Frenchy's idea sounds great. Good luck and I hope it all works well for you :) .

rainbow
December 26th, 2006, 07:25 PM
I agree. I hope Frenchy's idea is acceptable. :fingerscr And, you are an angel. :angel:

~michelle~
December 26th, 2006, 08:47 PM
Does anyone know what london rescues i could call?

Frenchy
December 26th, 2006, 08:50 PM
You could go on petfinder and see the cats up for adoption in your area, it will give the the e-mail adresses and phone numbers of cat's rescues. Good luck and keep us posted.:fingerscr

~michelle~
December 30th, 2006, 05:46 PM
OK so i havent been able to get any rescues to work with me and the kittens yet but i have only called a couple, so ill try again starting on tues, however i have posted ads sayng accepting applicants for the kittens.
I have been asking questions about intent to spay/neuter, declawing, vaccinations, former pet experience, current pets, # and ages of children, reason for adopting (no gifts) . if the cat will be indoors or outdoors (only indoor accepted)
if they go to the vet within a week and there is a prob i will take the kitten back and give full refund (not sure how much to charge yet)
so far ive turned people i know down (making some relationships awkward)
1. a women i knew (co worker) wanted one but she wanted to use a cat for mouse catching i told her no buy a mouse trap and
2. i said no to my parents because they would declaw (they dont think its cruel) :yuck:
I myself dont have the $$ to get all the vaccines etc, but plan to take them to the vet to get looked over.
would it be better to take them to the animal care centre? they do euthanize though. :( and the humane society says its full and is not accepting kittens and if they were i would pay fee for each kitten to surrender it because they can accept them as surrendered pets b/c they dont take in strays.
I really think i might not have made the best choice for these kittens but my friend knows nothing and didnt want to keep her around. so i took them in on a whim. i love momma cat shes a sweetheart, and the kittens are growing wonderfully (5 days old and doubled in size!) i really want to do what is best for the kittens and their momma.
i am thinking my best best is to place kittens in home with current or recent cat owner who can show proof of keeping vaccines upto date and proof of spay/neuter, so i can be more sure the kittens will be placed in good homes that will properly care for them

OntarioGreys
December 30th, 2006, 07:11 PM
Have you tried contacting the London Humane Society? THey don't euthanize healthy adoptable animals and require an application and reference check to adopt, my one cat Tipper came from them, he was found on the street as a stray had and upper respiratory infection at the time, he was treated feed neutered, vaccinated and then put up for adoption he was with then for 5 months before I adopted him, one girl often get dogs dumped on her country property including a couple females who were in late pregnancy she takes them in lets them deliver and tries to find homes for the ones she can the remainder and mom will go to the humane society to find new homes, The kittens will need to be vaccinated before going to new homes to prevent them from getting ill, the stress of going to a new home can really tax their immune systems so a must that they be vaccinated prior, of course like CyberKitten said ideally they should be spayed prior as well as some people will make promises to do so but will not follow thru , some vets will do for a reduced fee the humane society maybe able to direct to someone, if you can afford the costs, otherwise your better bet if you cannot find a rescue is to turn them over to the humane society for rehoming

~michelle~
December 30th, 2006, 07:30 PM
i was told that the london humane society doesnt accept in-city strays (something to do with the legal issues of the city pound or something? only out of town ones. ) I am going to contact them again on tues when there is management available to speak with. i am afraid of moving mom and kittens right away since they are comfortable in my home and i dont want to stress her out too much too soon, but ill talk with a manager at the LHS and see what arrangements can be made. the LHS is full at the moment as well, i am looking to do what is best for the animals.
Can I make $100 refundable adoption fee and they get the $$ back after spay/neuter. at the london spay neuter clinic it is 52$ for males and 80$ for females. that should pretty much garuentee that the cats will get spayed/neutered. plus i am hoping to find owners that have a cat already with all vaccines and spay/neuter so i will also be more certain that the owners are responsible.
the LHS isn't my favorite place and i would like to work with a different rescue if possible. that would be ideal. but the kittens are 5 days old so i am looking at all my options right now to find what is best for the kittens. i will be contacting the vets to see how much the first set of vaccines would cost for the kittens. does anyone have a rough idea???? i am getting attached to the cats and i am trying to put my heart and soul in to this, i cant believe you guys who foster on a reg basis it twould be heart wrenching!