I recently was heard to say that I planned on making mittens out of the feral kittens who'd taken up residence in my back garden. There were three kittens so I was sure there'd be no problem with supply and demand. Shortly after my brilliant idea began germinating, one of the cats stopped showing up. From his shady looks, it's a good bet he's dealing catnip a few yards over.
Wondering whether we could take on trapping and adopting two cats resulted in much hemming and hawing but ended in John calling a 'critter control' guy for traps. The night the traps showed up, only one cat came around looking for a handout but we set both traps the next day just in case.
The traps have a small raised metal plate (covered in newspaper) that trips the door as the animal steps on to get at the food just beyond it. I came home to find two empty cages and I was a bit disappointed. On closer inspection, yes, there were two empty cages but only one full can of food; the other had been licked clean. In the plants at the back of the yard I spied one very satisfied looking kitten who'd beaten the system and was now lazing in the fading sunlight.
On day two, stealth was not on kitty's side and we arrived home to a cage full of cranky but well fed kitten. We got her to the vet where she had a full examination, shots and a good flea bath. A much shinier three month old kitten was the end result.
Over the last week, she's gotten used to us, the laundry room and now the whole downstairs.
She will hiss if I make too rapid an approach but one touch and she melts into a purr measuring just under the rumble of a tractor. She's also gotten used to being called Rizzo after Rydell High's oldest teenage student.
Winter's on the way and my one good deed's out of the way. Unfortunately, there's been no sign of the other two cats. I'm choosing to think that they've been adopted rather than having become part of some other creature's happy meal.
It will take me a while to fatten her up and to figure out shipping options and costs. To be on the safe side, order your mittens now for arrival by Christmas.