Stray and Feral Cat Advice from Becky Robinson

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 Becky Robinson, President of Alley Cat Allies

Becky Robinson is the founder of Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats.

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Becky Robinson regularly responds to e-mail questions. When emailing Becky regarding your cat or kitten, consider sending digital photos — this may help her identify the problem.

If you have a sick cat, seek veterinary assistance immediately. Do not wait to see if your question is answered, especially if your pet is showing signs of illness. In many cases, time is of the essence.

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Linda    Plymouth, MA

3/15/2015 4:05:31 PM

Need some advice thank you. Me and my roomate have been caring for a mama cat and her older kitten and another one from her most recent litter. We guess the younger kitten is about 5 or 6 months old. We have been feeding them since December and we built a shelter for them to get them thru this terrible winter. We see them regularly every day except in the last week. All of a sudden the father of the kittens keeps showing up and spraying and eating their food. We havn't seen the mother and babies in this time. We are concerned.

Gale Park Frederick    Bellingham, WA

9/3/2014 9:42:49 PM

I think this web site is awesome.

We have a ferel momma cat that gave us 5 little gifts. They are about 3 months old (guessing) and
we have tamed them. They are off to the Vet
for their neuteres and spays. We have a horse farm,so they all get to come home again. We are
having trouble catching momma cat in the Catche Them Alive Trap. She is too smart. But, we
will succeed, hopefully before another litter. lol

Tina    Tuscaloosa, AL

9/2/2014 2:10:31 PM

Hi I have a question. I have a cat that similar to the one shown in your picture. Well last night she had her first litter of kittens, she's almost two years old and she only had two. One was born at 12:32 and the other this morning around 6:00. I'm not sure why they was so far apart but I heard it can be normal with the first litter. So everything went fine but she hasn't had anymore. And she's taking good care of them feeding and all. The problem, if it's a problem not for me but for the babies, is that she wants to follow me everywhere. And she wants to love on me and keeps meowing. I walk her back to the bed where she has her babies. But after I sit there for a while and then leave out of the room she will follow. And keep meowing, my question is, is this normal? And should I stay in the room with her, I have four children and a lot of things that need done around the house. But I do not want her to feel alone. I tell her I'm very proud ofmhermand that she's a good,mommy but she still follows lol. I'm confused. She seemed to me like she would be very protective and not want anyone around her babies. But I was wrong. She loves the attention I'm giving her, should I back away and stop following her when she wants me to?

Laine    Altoona, FL

9/10/2013 1:16:31 PM

For Becky Robinson,
I receive your e-mails, but am unable to contribute at this time. I have been unemployed for 1.5 out of 2 years. Prior, I was able to help (only) 14 ferral cats with TNR, paying on my own. I figured I kept about a million unwanted cats from being born. My wife has left me with no money, and no job, and I cannot find a job in Lake Co. Fl. I would like to relocate to S. Carolina with my 7 strays, 1 of which is 3/4 ferral and will take about 2 months to catch her again, 1 which is about 1/2 ferral, but all are rescues. Does anyone have a house where I can live with my kids until I get back on my feet, and pay off the rent by working for Alley Cats? I really hate the cold, but the Carolinas would be "ok!" Please contact me at your convenience, and thank you for all you do.
Laine Dorflinger
Altoona, Florida 32702

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