6:55am - fed outside cats light breakfast. note: Mama Kitty in middle of yard watching me, something she has not done before, appears to indicate she is trusting me more, a good sign.
7:07am - play "chase the red dot" (laser pointer) with Oliver and Mama Kitty through window. note: this is the first time Mama Kitty felt comfortable enough to play with red dot.
8:30am - breakfast with friend. discuss plan to trap ferals and accompanying anxiety. thankful to receive compassion and care from friend rather than "you're a crazy cat guy" look.
12:05pm - attend therapy appointment. focus on reducing intense anxiety related to trapping Oliver's family. session is helpful.
1:35pm - final preparation for trapping. materials and supplies gathered. plan finalized.
1:46pm - feed Oliver large late lunch, give him lots of loves, hoping he sleeps late and is not hungry come trapping time.
4:45pm - darkness falling. traps baited, set. ready for action. anxiety rising.
5:11pm - darkness fallen, watching, listening, waiting. trying to remember to breathe. visibility difficult with darkness.
5:21pm - Oliver continues to sleep his his home.
5:43pm - movement detected in the yard. turns out to be Crooked Tail Kitty. scared him off as he's not part of the plan.
5:46pm - looking for black cats in the dark is not easy.
5:51pm - backup has arrived, Laura arrives home from work, nerves settle a bit
6:07pm - weather forecast was calling for 70% chance of rain right now. thankful it remains dry.
6:15pm - first glass of wine is served, yea for backup!
6:24pm - first kitten spotted. goes over and enters Tomahawk trap, triggers trap. quickly cover ends of trap with blanket and relocate trap to basement. kitten thrashing around in trap more than I would like, hope it's ok. note: sprinkles now falling from sky.
6:28pm - Mama Kitty and second kitten appear in yard. kitten goes into trap under planter, triggers trap. Mama Kitty stays by trapped kitten, trying to get to kitten. trapped kitten calmly eats the sardine bait.
6:28pm - text Laura requesting immediate backup.
6:29pm - Mama Kitty checks out last remaining trap, enters, triggers trap. grab towels to cover traps and run out with Laura to cover and transport traps to basement.
6:30pm - Oliver's family all secure in their covered traps in basement awaiting transport to clinic in morning.
6:31pm - Oliver appears in yard to see what all the commotion is about.
6:31pm - anxiety level back to baseline. mission accomplished.
6:59pm - celebratory pizza ordered, second glass of wine poured.
I'm so thankful to have caught Mama Kitty and both kittens!! Everything worked so perfectly with little trauma for everyone. Thank you everyone for your positive thoughts and energy. Thank you Nancy and Sue for answering my hundreds of questions.
Now, I'm eager to find out the genders of the kittens. Tomorrow morning comes delivering the cats to Sue for transport to Purrfect Pals. Then at the of the day, I get them back, so they can rest for 24 hours before being let free. The hard part for me is over. The hard part for the ferals remains.