The mama cat has 2 other kittens that are hiding in the wall of the utility shed they use as a shelter. We want to get them, too, to get fixed but the one we caught isn't big enough yet so we figure the other two aren't, either.
L has been the primary caretaker of the kitties for the last 2 + years so we were trying to include her in this, thinking she would be able to help us. Today J and I decided we're going to have to cut her out of the process since she isn't willing to do what needs to be done to get the mama cat into the trap. Since we get another appointment until next week (if I ever hear back from the program again) we're taking the weekend off.
I got home early, pulled the trap, made the other buckets she has for them to sleep in inaccessible and placed a big plastic carrier with the door zip tied open in their little shed with a towel which hopefully the kitties will use, get their scent on and then we can use to bait the trap when we get another appointment. I set a text to leave everything alone and will check tomorrow to make sure she does.
It sucks that these kitties are so dependent on her, if she moves (or something happens to her) they may not survive. Our best option is to get the kittens to the no-kill shelter before its too late, get the mama & tom fixed and hope for the best.