I went to Scarborough Tuesday night, answering a plea for help. A lovely woman Carol and her neighbour have been feeding a few feral cats but with it being spring there are kittens everywhere, a litter of 2 day olds, a litter of 2 week olds, and a litter of 6 week olds and another cat pregnant.
First step is to trap the pregnant cat, then to get the 6 week old kittens, then wait a few weeks, get the other kittens out then trap the moms. Ah, that sounds easy, doesn't it, but the cats aren't always that easy to trap, and there are a lot of resources, logistics and time (oh I forgot money) in dealing with three litters of kittens. Carol took the TNR course but didn't have a trap and so didn't follow through. Not everyone is up for trapping, recovery and the organizing of it unfortunately. I try to help as much as I can, and some people just need a bit of assistance to get going.
We are dealing with a bit of a diarrhea outbreak at home, always fun in a multi cat household. I dumped all the litter boxes last night and that's a feat unto itself and of course the garbage guys picked today to come early. There I was at 7 a.m. running down the street with bags of poo.