I’m still on the neighborhood listserve for an old neighborhood in Durham NC where I lived for a few years. They never cease to amaze me with their rational and their, well, ignorance.
I see them post about leaving their cars unlocked because their neighborhoods are rife with criminals. Their rational is they are keeping their car windows from being busted out by allowing the criminals to enter their car and take whatever they want without having to break a car window. “Remember to leave your car doors unlocked! Save your windows!”
Right now they are fast and furious posting about five newborn baby kittens that one resident found in her basement. Who can take care of them? How often must they be fed.? Everyone is giving advice and the kittens have been moved from the basement to upstairs where the resident who found them can care for them. I read several emails from everyone offering “help”.
I finally couldn’t take it anymore. I wrote “Has anyone thought that if the mother cat could bring the kittens in the basement, that the mother cat can get back to them to tend to them?”
No one has replied, except with more frantic tips about how to take care of the kittens and how yes, they will need feeding, but also their bottoms must be stimulated to cause elimination, but be gentle doing it.
My concern would be how the cat got in the basement with the newborn kittens. If she came in while still pregnant, there’s a hole somewhere that needs plugging, and it may be bigger than the one would be if she had the kittens outside and then brought them in.
My experience with cats has shown that they do not suddenly go into labor and then seek a birthing place. The birthing place is chosen a few days or a week before the kittens are born. That mother cat knows where she left those kittens. There is now a frantic mother cat trying to find her babies. All the while, the “do-gooders” of the neighborhood are trying to figure out how to take care of the babies so they don’t die.
PUT THEM BACK WHERE YOU FOUND THEM.
But they don’t listen to me. They never did. It’s one reason I moved. Two attempted breakins was the other reason. I never left my car unlocked and no one broke into it. I kept a Shepherd Guard Dog and both times those attempting to break in went elsewhere. . . and broke in. Just as that mother cat did.
I do wonder what that resident will find next in her basement. She can’t see the forest for the trees (can’t find the entrance for the cat in the basement) because she’s occupying all her energy into taking care of kittens. Maybe she thinks “finding kittens by humans” equals the same thing as “finding kittens by mother cats”?