on please. Those with experience in this area will soon reply you.This kitten is injured. Been in this drainage pipe about a week. It is 12 feet long and opens up inside a large fenced in parking lot.
*PRAYERS* from the heart for sweet Cheetah! and also for this kitten. If you've been feeding him, and he is injured, he will know that there is a convenient and easy food source there and he will come back to it unless he gets scooped up by another good person and fostered or adopted. Hope you will keep an eye out and a dish full for this kitten, and keep us informed, won't you?Epic fail. I did try everything I could think of. The drainage pipe is about 30 feet long, not 12 feet. Tried blocking the entrance and putting a carrier at the other side, tried using things to try to push him out, tried sound, freebreeze, everything imaginable. One of the ends He did of the drain pipe lets out inside a gaited apartment building. I stalked the entrance and snuck my car in after someone else then parked it by the gate to keep the gate open. I tried removing the carrier and hoping he would run out but he wouldn't. He traveled the entire length of the pipe but never close enough to get.
I finally had to leave because i have to work in the morning and it wouldn't be fair to the kitties I work with for me to go to work exhausted. I get home and Cheetah, my cat with lymphoma and asthma and hyperthyroid isn't feeling well.
I will probably never see that kitten again. Once I was gone, I am sure he bolted.
Keep trying. Please don't give up. Yes, I know it can be very exhausting, draining and demoralizing because of how people can be, but that's all the more reason we need every one of us to stay in there fighting for them and working with them. You sound like a "stayer" and I hope you will be.He was gone for about 12 hours but then was back in the drain pipe again last night but not tonight.
There is a lady that feeds the colony cats at that apartment building and she is the one that would have the best relationship with the kitten. She has tried traps but he won't go in them. She tried a drop trap as well but he wouldn't go in it. It is hard to get to the other opening of the drain pipe because it is behind a gaited fenced in property. The people in the complex don't appreciate her feeding the cats and often throw away her things she has for the cats. So getting any help from them wouldn't be possible.
The complex is about 35 minute drive from where I live and isn't the best area to be in at night. Although I did survive being there until around 2 am the other night. But there were a good amount of sleazy people wandering around.
I did feral cat rescue decades ago and had to stop because I couldn't handle it anymore. I still work with cats but in a hospital setting so fortunately all the cats I am helping are owned and loved. Of course it gets sad but it is a much different sad than working with feral cats.
My cat Cheetah was many generations feral trapped in a dried up 30 foot deep water well when she was 4 months old when I got her. She is a wonderful cat and very social to me and my boyfriend but of course if someone else comes in the house they won't see her. It was a long process to tame her and the other cat I had at the time, Rusty, was the nicest cat in the world and he helped allot with taming her. He sadly left in 2018 at 17 years old due to kidney failure. She was heartbroken and would sleep in his carrier for a long time after that.
My most recent cat is Omapaw who I saw on a post in Facebook with someone pleading for help for a stray with a mangled paw. I try to avoid looking at cat posts on Facebook but I still do get involved with the ones I see that I think I can help.
Feral cats have the saddest of all lives I think. People can be so cruel to them and they do live a good part of their life in fear and justly so.
Anyway, I am rambling now.
The lady that feeds the kitten will tell me if he shows up again and hopefully that can be coordinated with the animal rescue organization I have been talking to and maybe we will get him. i sure hope so. Feral cats don't do well out here in the shelters or humane society. They won't help and then turn over the kitten either. The fire departments in this area are busy with fires etc and don't help out with cats.
Thank you for all the advice. I will let you know if we get him.