You will recall that there is a feral cat in my neighborhood that I named Bob. I feed Bob and I bought Bob a cat condo. It’s comical, because I’m deathly allergic to cats, but Bob deserves for someone to love him/her and luckily, I am not allergic to love.
There have been several attempts to trap Bob in order to get him/her fixed and vetted. No luck. So I have just continued to put food out every night. About a month ago I noticed that Bob was getting pretty chunky (no judgement) and realized that Bob was probably pregnant (still no judgment). In the past week, Bob has been very demanding about food. S/he will loud meow (this is a very technical term) outside my window. We have a little routine. S/he demands food, I go outside to fill up the bowl while s/he hides, then when I go inside, s/he eats. Whatever Bob wants.
Bob looking ‘plump’.
This weekend, a neighbor found kittens on her deck. Bob was watching them from the woods.
Bob’s a mom!
The theory is that Bob lives in the sewer. She had her kittens there but when the rains picked up here, she moved them to higher ground.
A lot happened in the 24 hours following the kitten discovery. The kittens were taken into rescue. They are about 3-4 weeks old. Bob was trapped and has been reunited with her babies. She will continue to nurse them for a bit longer. Then I will take Bob to our vet to have her vetted and spayed and microchipped to me. We will then introduce her to my backyard and garage (temperature controlled) to see if she would like to call it home. Due to my allergies, that is the best I can offer her. I’ll continue to feed her as long as she continues to come here to eat. If it’s determined that Bob could be a house cat, then we would love to get her adopted out, but that is unlikely. Bob likely prefers to be undomesticated. The kittens will be adopted out.
Also, her name is staying Bob. It’s part of her story.
Bob in the trap.
Reunited with her babies!