I have five cats of my own (four male, one female, all neutered) so a few years ago when I realised there was a female feral cat living in the field across the road I started to put her a bit of food down now and again.
One day I saw her coming to eat with 4 little kittys in tow. After this I started to put food out every day.
The mother disappeared but the kittens kept coming, it was as if she’d left them in my care! Unfortunately one disappeared but the remaining three came to trust me more and more as the months went on.
I named them Albert, Peaches and No-name (which we ended up shortening to “Noony”). They all started coming in the house and I’ve ended up keeping Albert (who is the most loving cat ever, it’s as if he knows I rescued him from a life in the wild and appreciates it so much) and the other 2 I re-homed with friends.
About 8 months ago I again saw the female cat with another litter, so again I fed them and again she left them with me. There are only 2 this time (Ronnie & Clyde) and although they won’t let me stroke them much they trust me enough to rub up against me when I’m feeding them.
They know that Albert is their brother and one of them sometimes follows him into the house. I’m happy to carry on feeding them as long as they come and maybe one day they’ll be tame enough to be re-homed (with people of my choice).
I haven’t seen the mother since she left this litter in my care but she’s probably out there, it’s just a shame that she is too wild to be caught and neutered, although at least she knows her babies are well looked after. My straybies!
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