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Old 05-22-2013, 10:22 PM   #1 
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Unhappy I Don't Know What To do (Story and Pic Heavy)

(This is sad, if you can't handle sad just skip down to the cute kitten pictures)

...I really don't know...

Three weeks ago today, the feral cat whom we dubbed as Misha, gave birth to Kittens. There were four, four lovely kittens who hadn't opened their eyes yet. Misha allowed us to feed her of course and to touch her when she wanted to be touched. Soon, she let us touch the kittens.

The first was one that looked very similar to her color pattern. He had a grey body, black head and black tail with white mitted paws and a white stripe on his nose. He was the oldest and the bravest as he was the first to venture out of the nest until Mama picked him back up and put him into the nest. He was dubbed Padfoot. He was going to my friend Naomi.

The second was a White male, unnamed and unclaimed. He had light tan stripes that ringed his tail and his legs. He was very beautiful and always came up to me after their eyes opened and they recognized us.

Third was a Black Female named Fiona going to my friend Marissa. She had a grey body, black head, tails and paws. She was adorable, shy, but cute as a button. She was the first to play with me when I dragged a piece of hay around and she would try to claw it.

And lastly was a White Female, unnamed but claimed by my friend Allison. She was the quietest and the shiest of them all, rarely coming out to see us but she played with her brothers and sisters.

I kept bugging my mom, when will we take them in? When can I set up their home in the cellar where they will be warm and out of harms way? Finally we decided Tuesday (at that point Monday) would be good. Monday came and went and Tuesday came on.

I came home from a house-sitting job in the morning at 7:30, looked over to the shed and saw the door was unlocked and opened but I thought nothing of it. I ran inside and showed, changed and got ready to meet with a new person I was house-sitting for this coming weekend. I drove out, met her and her dogs (she's got fish tanks and might want to do a Betta Sorority with my help!!) I was excited for the job and couldn't wait to help her out!

Around 5 in the evening my mother and her boyfriend and I were outside doing yard work and goofing off in general. I went to the shed to go see how the Kittens were doing since the Bee's had gone to sleep already. I looked into the cubby and caught my breath. They were gone.

My mom came in and gasp as well, Misha had followed us in and jumped up onto the ledge to look into the cubby and called out for her kittens. But they did not come out. We scoured the ground for animal prints but found none and then I told them about how I saw the gate had been opened in the morning.

"Surely a Raccoon could open the gate, but the lock is at the top, why not just jump over at that point? Why bother when there are plenty of compost piles out and other things to eat?" I asked as we stood around puzzled, Misha beginning to cry out for her beloved Kittens.

What else could open the lock? We all witnessed the gate being locked just the night previous. What else could open it but another human? Has someone stolen our kittens?! All of us furious, confused and pained, but none more than Misha.

Who knew of the kittens as well as where we live? None of my friends knew my address but the few close ones and they would never do such a thing! What point is there in taking three week old kittens who aren't even weaned off their mother yet? It's more work than would happen if you would just wait!

Misha stayed by our side the entire night we were out. We went down to our pond and fed the goldfish, she never went more than eight feet away from us, soon her interest piqued in the golden fish. I would have sworn that she almost jumped in to catch one, but luckily for her, she didn't. She meowed up at us asking, "Do you know where my Kittens are?"

Searching around, we looked in all the places around the yard that would be suitable for kittens but we found no signs, not one single sign. Who or what would take our kittens? Misha had no signs of battle wounds on her and we would have surely woken up to kitten and cat screams had an animal come in the night to take them.

But if no animal and no human took them, why was Misha so sad? She would sit in front of the shed the rest of the day, meowing out loudly for her kittens but they would not come.



So now, today, I had to tell my three friends; Allison, Marissa and Naomi that their Kittens would not be coming home. I feel terrible and drained knowing that I promised them something so special and now they too feel the pain of loss. I didn't know how to start off but I eventually concluded my story, much less elaborate than this, but all the same. Allison understood completely and sent her condolences to myself and Misha. I felt terrible as she told me that she had already begun collecting toys and things for her new White Kitten. But nevertheless she understood and said that it was alright.

I wish for all, that I had just taken the Kittens into the basement myself against my mother's orders, although she would have not cared too much once I already did the work for her. But it's gone now and so are they. And now I see everyone else getting new kittens and I just really don't know what to do with myself, I've literally never felt this bad before, like I'm letting all these people down! I know things happen, I've seen it happen before!

I was raised on a chicken and cow farm, I know wild animals come around and I know they are hungry and just feeding their families! But why, of all things, why did it have to be the kittens?

At any rate, I would like to conclude with the pictures I took, tracking their progress.

Mama Kitty Prior to giving birth:






























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Old 05-22-2013, 10:31 PM   #2 
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Oh my God I am so sorry. That is absolutely awful, sad, and heartbreaking. How could they just disappear?! Check everywhere... Even garbage cans, etc. horrible, I know, but I have a friend who rescued a pet bunny from a trash bin in an alley.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:35 PM   #3 
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Oh my God I am so sorry. That is absolutely awful, sad, and heartbreaking. How could they just disappear?! Check everywhere... Even garbage cans, etc. horrible, I know, but I have a friend who rescued a pet bunny from a trash bin in an alley.
Thank you Matt. We're trying to watch where she goes to see if she actually did move them. I'm praying so hard right now that she just moved them. I just feel so bad for my friends especially because I promised them a Kitten! That's not something you promise a person everyday!

We live on 5 acre's of just pure woods so they could literally be anywhere, granted I don't think she would move them that far since we are still her main source of food. But I just can't even think why she would seem so upset if she was the one that moved them.

We even though, you know maybe she hid them so well that she doesn't even remember where she put them. But that's no good, that would not happen with any animal, a mother does not just leave her young!

Sorry, I'm ranting now, I just literally don't know what to think/feel/do.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:41 PM   #4 
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aweful:/
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5 acres is searchable... If you could get some family to help you could try. That's a lot of space though! Good luck, and I definatly mean it.
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5 acres is searchable... If you could get some family to help you could try. That's a lot of space though! Good luck, and I definatly mean it.
Thank you! We will get out searching as soon as we can. I'll have to wait till the weekend because my job interferes but hopefully we can come up with something!

There's also about 10 acres across our road of lots of woods that is state owned. We could search there...technically illegal but no one will know haha

But I'll take any evidence at this point, even just for closure!

But thank you, it means a lot to me. I'll try to keep things updated so you all can know what's going on, can't promise much though.
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The male cats will often kill the litter so they can mate with the mother again. Facts of life. Don't worry, I'm sure she will have more kittens and soon. Since you can't spay her.
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I am so, so sorry. What could have happened is a raccoon or some predator took one, and she moved the rest and is still hunting for the one. I've got a farm and it's rare to have any predator but humans or sometimes dogs kill multiple things without a trace.
She may have moved the survivors and be looking for the missing ones.

I hope that's the case. I know your heart must be broken.
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Oh what sweet little kittens. I'm so sorry.
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I'm so sorry :( I know what it's like, it's always so very sad. My feral girl would always move her kittens, and I would just watch from a distance to see where she put them, so I could get to them and catch them. I once thought that they had perished only to find she had moved them into the floor of our shed. She had two litters until we were able to catch her and get her spayed, and it took us months to find homes for them all.

However, please get her spayed. It will make her SO much happier (no more males chasing her around), and it will stop this from happening again. I know it seems easy to find homes for kittens, but trust me, eventually no one you know wants another kitten, and the shelters may not take them. I was able to get our female spayed for $40 at the Neuter Commuter, and she's never been happier. Ask your vets and humane society if they can give you a discount or even if they can do it for free since she's a feral. There are too many cats in this world to keep letting them breed, when there are millions of cats dying in shelters. I don't want to pile his all on you while you're in mourning, but please get her spayed. Kittens are cute and all, but for each kitten you let be born, a cat in a shelter loses a home it could have been adopted into.
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