So I am in a predicament. About 4 months back, a local stray female cat started hanging around the house. We occasionally put food outside for her to eat but eventually it became a regular thing.
Later we noticed she was pregnant and about 2 months back she decided to move her litter of 3 tiny kittens to the front yard. She had birthed them elsewhere (in the bushes according to the local kids). Since I didn't know what else to do, I continued giving food to the kittens as well.
Now the kittens seem to believe this is their home and are finding ways to get inside.
The problem is I really don't have room for 4 more cats. I already have a cat and a dog. The only people who want to adopt the kittens are 100 kms away and can't travel due to restrictions. there are no agencies in the area.
The best place for stray cats to find food is a nearby fishing hamlet where there are many cats, many people have cats as pets, and the local stray dogs don't kill the cats. Mainly because there's no shortage of food.
So the most pragmatic thing may be to relocate the kittens to the fishing hamlet.
- Will the 2.5 month old kittens be able to find their way in a new place?
- Related to 1., is it better to move just the kittens or also the mother cat?
I think having their mother with them might make it easier for the kittens. But I don't know if an adult cat will have difficulties adjusting to new surroundings, and maybe kittens will adjust more easily on their own.
This is a difficult question for me and a difficult thing to do as well. Were there no lockdown restrictions, I might have gotten them adopted as well. So any other suggestions are also welcome.