In a stunning turn of events...or maybe not as we are talking cats here and nothing should surprise...the mom cat and the tiny babies were reunited yesterday after nearly 3 days separation!
It turns out a neighbor saw her, thought she was a stray, which she is, and brought her into her house on Friday. So the little babies were not only alone but they weathered Friday night's rain storm alone.
You can't imagine the amount of agonizing we did about taking them from the spot they were in. Wouldn't mom be back for them? Or if something happened to her how would we know? If she was feral, would she be too afraid to come back as there were now people in the house? It was actually close to midnight when the decision was made to take them after no mom turned up. And it's a good thing they were taken and fed as mom couldn't turn up. She was safely ensconced in a neighbor's house.
The neighbor realized Saturday night or Sunday morning that she had a nursing mother and let her out. She followed her and sure enough mom led her straight to the spot where the kittens had been. Mom turned out to be a friendly girl and was taken to be reunited with her babies. We are hoping they will all come safely through their exposure symptoms and thrive.
So another story to add to the Crazy Book of Cat Rescue! I thought you would like to know.