Roughly 5 weeks ago I became aware that a stray cat I had seen wandering our block for the last couple of months gave birth to a litter of at least 5 kittens. Figures she would pick the state built shed thats was put on our property after the oil spill several years ago. Some people on here may remember that nightmare though its not relevant to my dilemma. Anyway, i found out about this because the kittens had become mobile and were venturing out from under the shed and playing in my yard. I do not have any idea what mom was eating, or how & what she was feeding the kittens but I am assuming she had been feeding them mice because I saw one of the kittens eating a head one morning.
So 5 weeks ago I started feeding mom and the kittens. Mommacat was so very thin but her kittens were pretty fat and healthy looking. So about 2 weeks ago I had my son and my friends daughter catch all the kittens with the intent of having a rescue group come and take them away. So for 2 weeks now I have had 4 kittens, one of the neighbors took a fat grey one, living in thunders old dog crate in my living room. We let them out a few times a day into the bathroom to run and play with each other better than they can inside a crate. We left mommacat outside so that she could hopefully dry up and I could have her spayed. However here's one of two problems I am having:
she is running into my house each time the front door is opened and the other day I came home and found her inside my living room lying on the floor next to the crate. I thought maybe she had been let in by my son but it turns out she broke the screen in my bathroom window and allowed herself into my home. Now it is a miracle that she wasn't ripped apart by thunder or salty. I think they have gotten used to her as she has been caught in the house and outside our house many times so at this point i'm not sure they would hurt her but she does not like them and hisses and swats them anytime they go near her and one of these times i know salty will say f u to her and nail her. so we have resigned to allowing her in the house 1 or 2 times a day in the bathroom with the kits just so she doesn't destroy any more of my house trying to get in, and she doesn't get killed for her efforts.
my second problem is once the kittens go, which the rescue who volunteered to take them is now not returning any of my phone calls, what the hell do i do with this cat ? i cannot bring her into the house because she does not like the dogs and though i am sure my cats are aware she's been inside, they are not cats that would welcome a stranger into their home readily, if at all. PLUS i cannot afford the expense of another cat. not now anyway since i am no longer working. i can barely afford to care for the animals i have now, basically they are as poverty stricken as i am right now. I have been feeding her on our porch, and i am happy she has put on some weight because she was scary thin there for awhile. No rescue around is taking in adult cats right now. most rescues are even requiring a $100 donation for an adult cat surrender and i cant even imagine where i could come up with a spare 100 dollars.
she is a very sweet and affectionate cat and i hate the fact that she does not have a home to go to. so i figure i am basically stuck with her since no one else seems to want her. so now i am in the position of trying to figure out what the hell to do with her outside. i have never had an outdoor cat and i cannot think of any suitable way to keep her outdoors so that she is sheltered from the elements come winter time. though we don't get snow like we used to we do still get some and it does get pretty cold here.
I would try to contact the local 4-h or the FFA, let them know you have a great ratter and willing to give it to someone. Drop the cat off at a huge farm somewhere if you can. I live in the Middle of AMish and Menolite country, so I know where all the "stray" cats come from. As far as keeping her outside, I am no so sure you can now that she has been introduced to inside life. That is about the only thing I can think of. good luck