Greetings! This is my first time posting here so I hope I read the rules correctly :)
A few weeks ago I got the pleasant surprise that a feral cat I had been feeding decided to bring her kittens over. The babies seem to be approximately 4 weeks of age and are now running, jumping, playing and being bundles of extreme energy.
I've slowly started the process of socializing the kittens, however I've not been able to have as much consistency as I would like due to the fact that mother cat is still present. From what I've read, almost every site out there recommends 20 minutes each day of soft talking, petting, and giving baby treats.
My question is this... all the sites I've found about raising feral kittens deal with orphans. This is clearly not the case for me >< And while the mother is a gorgeous cat I won't be able to provide for her and the babies. I do want to make sure they grow accustomed to humans and eventually find them all good, loving homes but I fear mom's presence will only encourage them to be skittish and fearful of humans.
Would the best thing for the kittens be to separate them from their mother? It breaks my heart but I fear no one will want to adopt a grown cat that is fearful of humans.
And yes, if it hadn't come across... I've never had cats before. ^^; Please help.