Well, the day finally arrived. It had been 5 days since mothercat had been spayed. She was being kept in a hospital pen, and was fully recovered and very feisty. It was time to let her go. The vet had said that it was ok to release feral cats after one nights rest, post surgery, so she'd had more than enough recovery time. Her operation went fined, she had healed well. We gave her a large breakfast, it was a sunny day, so we decided it was right.
We took he to the lace that she was found, after giving birth to her kittens. When we opened the hospital pen door, she took a few seconds to realise it, then she was gone. That was yesterday.
I now hope she has a long and happy healthy life. there is a feeding programme in place, and she's back where she belongs, wild and free.
As for the kittens, they are nearly seven weeks old, and lively, playful little monkeys! Each has it's own character and are all different. There is one quite timid one, who will need a lot more work than the others, but the other 4 are fine, it's wonderful watching them and playing with them, and I'm really looking forward to them finding loving, safe, permanent homes. Tabby has a home lined up, and we've put leaflets around vets, pet shops, etc for the others. Fingers crossed!