Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it is easy, sometimes fun, sometimes just funny (after the fact - in the moment sometimes you just want to scream).
Last week mom left work and saw a gray cat sitting under the bushes outside her office. Now, this will be the THIRD cat that has shown up outside the office. When mom mentioned this to the head rescue lady (while looking for a trap to use since ours has been loaned out), the rescue lady asked "are you feeding them?". uh no!!
Anyhow, mom borrowed a trap, set it and waited. When she came out to check...the food was gone and the trap hadn't triggered. Stupid thing stuck. So mom traded it in for another trap. Still nothing. Then it was the weekend....
So mom set the trap on Monday at work. Nothing during the day. Normally she doesn't like leaving the trap up, but this time she made the exception. And here's the reason....when mom saw this cat last week she looked very pregnant. The goal was to catch her before she gave birth.
Well, about 9pm on Monday, mom got this weird feeling. Go check the trap. Understand, we live about 20 minutes from mom's office, so this isn't something you do on a whim (mom says especially when gas is $3.50 per gallon). However, the feeling wouldn't leave, so mom drove over. And there was the cat in the trap.
But...she looked somewhat skinnier. crap..... Mom looked around quick but it was dark. And now the cat was trapped - so what to do. If you let her go, there is a risk of not catching her again. Mom called the rescue lady who said take her to a 24 hour clinic that the rescue uses (though not mom's favorite place), explain the situation and ask if they can spay her overnight. Mom went over, explained the situation in detail and asked them to keep her posted. When mom called Tuesday morning ....they didn't spay her that night. REALLY?????
So mom ran over Tuesday morning, picked up the girl, took her to the low cost spay/neuter clinic we use and explained everything to them (ok, she MAY have left out the "trapped her last night left her at the other place" part of the story).
Yesterday afternoon, after not hearing anything and trying to figure out what to do with our girl once she is spayed, mom called the clinic. NOT pregnant...NOT lactating. NO KITTENS!!! No idea what mom saw last week, but hopefully it is the same girl and it was just weird. Either way, Lulu is spay, vaccinate and ear tipped. Teehee - got another one. :) Good job mom.