well...mama kitty and i made a trip to see dr. mike this morning about 7:15. don't ask me how - i don't know - luck of the kitty gods i believe - but yesterday morning...there they all were - waiting for breakfast and i decided to see if i could get them into the spare unit so the babes would be a little calmer if they had been there overnight. two huge plates of canned food convinced mama and the three little ones that inside the spare unit was the best place to be...even the really scardy - truly so ugly she's cute - calico who scares herself most mornings...into the unit they went...and as they are slurping down the good grits...here comes kay, annie and i with the litter boxes, the water and the blankies and when we got everything settled in - bam the door got closed behind us and mama and the babes were safe and sound.
this morning went off without a hitch - i filled up food dishes (having taken away all water and yummies last night so mama wouldn't eat them), left them on the sidewalk - took the carrier in - and there was mama - into the carrier and then the food came in and the babes were munching quietly away while i took mama out the front door. into the car we went - two tiny meows in protest all the way to riverbank and she's there now...
the babes are safe in their giant playpen of a room while mama is gone...and mama will be home tomorrow sometime after morning rounds...and we're going to keep her quiet for a couple of days and then let everybody go...and hopefully she will continue to visit us and hopefully we'll be able to snag the babes when it's time and get them in to see dr. mike too!!!
and so is the saga of just plain luck, a little magic and somebody upstairs being on our side as we try to catch mama and the babes!!! it's a done deal and she will be much happier and healthier without any more "kids" and the feral population of modesto will have just a little bit of a hitch and we will be very proud that we helped in a small way.