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mcw1214

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Hello, I’m new to this community but moved by everyone’s support. I was taking care of a mother feral for the past year and she had four kittens about 5 months ago.  We’ve been having a mild winter and I suspected the mother was pregnant again. The cats slept in my shelters together every night and came every day for food.  After reading that cats can get pregnant in winter (even 4-6 month old kittens) I trapped them all and got them fixed at the clinic that handles feral cats.  Everything I was told and that I read suggested the cats would return to sleeping in the shelters etc. But they never did - only one female kitten returned. On top of that, despite mild weather forecast before their surgery, the weather changed into a very cold and snowy week once they were released, only to get worse in the coming week.  I know the cats are suffering because of what I did to them and they are likely already passed on or will not make it through the week. I’m devastated and feel so guilty.  I can’t sleep at night and I think I am having mild depression.  How do I accept what’s happened so I can move on?  Thank you for any suggestions, I am really struggling.

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I am glad you found your way here.  Please don't assume their death, it's amazing what they survive!  I've seen a bull elk with his penis severed, likely in a fence, and yet he survived and healed!  They are hearty in the wild, strong survival instinct.  When domesticated they are used to being cared for and I think they come to depend on us more.  Have you considered contacting an animal communicator?  You can leave food out for them, maybe in a box where the snow can't cover it?

You may want to talk to your doctor about help for the sleep, so hard to be at our best without it!

I'm sorry for what you're going through.  I have a cat rescue across the street and was about to suggest having them fixed when I read you'd done that.  IMO, you did them a kindness.  Praying they will pay you a visit...

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Thank you so much for your reply.  I sure wish I felt like I’ve done them a kindness.  You are right that animals can survive a lot - I really hope they make it through the arctic blast.  It’s a good suggestion about the doctor - I hadn’t thought of that. I really appreciate the words of encouragement.  ❤️

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