I swear, I think the guilt of separating the cats really got to me last night. I woke up, as usual, at 1:30 AM needing to use the restroom. Right before that I had a terrible nightmare that I had to hold Chico while evil villains euthanized him in my arms. Not a fun way to wake up.
When I woke up, I took a peek out of our window, where I could see the cat trap and the image broke my heart. We had trapped another cat. And it was not happy, it was scared, it didn't want to be there (and I couldn't blame it) but that wasn't what bothered me as much. It's brother/sister/friend was right next to the cage. They were touching noses. It was almost like the free cat was scared to leave the trapped cat alone. I forced the image out of my head, turned on Cheer's to distract me and went back to sleep.
I got up at 6:30 to take my shower before I woke up Kaitlyn to get ready for school. I had to wake up Dusty to see what I saw out the window. The black cat was still trapped, and the white and black cat was still at it's side. It saw me peeking at it out the window and glared at me. Which broke my heart. I kept thinking and telling Dusty we cannot separate them. We just cannot do it. They will be too sad, they will never make it. We contemplated letting this cat go, getting another trap and trying to catch them at the same time. I was ready to let it go, and then something happened...
The white cat went to the side of the trap where we had put the tuna flavored wet cat food and tried to put it's nose in the cage. And another feral cat emerged from the side of the house to do the same. It wasn't there to comfort the trapped kitty at all, it wanted more food!! At least that is how I'm going to rationalize it in my head so I can sleep at night ;)
This morning, we brought it to the field and Dusty showed me the 9 kittens that live in the field with their parents. They just stared at us, like "how dare you bring in this intruder!" as we released the cat. It took off as soon as we let go. Hopefully it will find a new safe home to live out the rest of it's days.