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bonus kitten

Today was one of the hottest days we’ve had this year. When I checked the temperature this afternoon it was 86°F (30°C). That’s warm for here.

On the walk home from work this afternoon, I decided to walk by the RH site to see how things were looking. I was quite shocked when I saw one of the Nancy’s traps in the middle of the fenced yard, closed with a black kitten inside! The trap was not covered and the kitten looked pretty freaked out. I was not happy as traps were not suppose to be set.

My mind raced as I tried to figure out what to do. I knew I could not leave the kitten to roast in that trap. I tried calling Nancy to get her thoughts, but she wasn’t answering. I tried the property tenant and again no answer, I was on my own. I ran home, got the car and raced back. I promptly covered the trap with a blanket and carried it to the car.

Before leaving I called the man who the trap was left with, I suspected he may have gone rogue and started trapping on his own rather than following my plan. He said he set the trap out with some food to acclimate the kittens to the trap, he thought the trap was not set to close, but then he admitted he wasn’t really sure how to operate the trap. The concern in his voice regarding the kitten’s state eased my fears about him, it appears he had made a mistake.

The lesson I learned after this was never to leave a trap with someone without first showing them how to bungee it open and always leave at least one bungee for each trap.

So, now I had to figure out what to do with this freaked out young cat. The appointments for spay/neuter are still over a week away.

I transferred it to the larger dog crate that I long ago added a guillotine door to. I also created a quick hammock for it out of a old pillow. I recently learned that to keep a scared kitten from hanging out in the litter box, build it a hammock. And sure enough it work perfect, the first place it went after entering the new cage was the hammock. I put in some fresh food, water and a small litter box and left him covered. When I checked on him again later he hadn’t moved at all, he was still hunkered in the hammock.

The hammock is at the top left.

So, for tonight, I have a scared kitten hunkered in a hammock in the basement. I’m half tempted to go trap one of it’s litter mates just so it doesn’t have to be alone and scared. I’ve emailed Nancy requesting her thoughts about what I might do with this little one. I also asked her if her friend that took the other kittens the other day might want one more!

Meanwhile, I’m so thankful that I just happened to walk by when I did so I could get this cat before the blazing sun did. Now I have another black cat to celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day with!

One Response to “bonus kitten”

  1. Fuzzy Tales says:

    Phil! Holy cats! No pun intended.

    Wow, good for you! Poor little thing. Well, not so little. How old, can you estimate? Nicki was approx. 8 to 10 weeks (this one maybe is older?) when he was found as a feral and he’s just a purr bug. I guess each kitten will have to be evaluated individually–some might end making wonderful house cats.

    Good luck with this one–it’s always an adventure, reading your blog(s)! I’m so impressed…well done!

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