I've written a couple of times about the neighbor's cats. As I've said before, they aren't really the neighbor's cats-they are feral cats that moved in to the area-more specifically, under my raised foundation. The neighbor captures the cats, has them "fixed, gets them their vaccinations and then brings them home and feeds them.
Despite being a dog person I have developed some affection for the cats. In fact, I've become quite fond of one cat in particular. He/she would lay at feet on the porch and he/she wouldn't allow me to pet him/her, he/she at least pretended to pay attention when I talked to him/her and unlike the other cats he/she would eat from my hand.
I had noticed that she didn't have a "notch" in her ear, indicating that she had been "fixed" but I just thought that she was too young. Obviously not.
There are four kittens-one gray, two mostly black and one that is black, white and reddish and the spitting image of Mommy.
So "cat" is now Lilly. But I need help. When is safe for me to touch the kittens? How long should I wait before I take Lilly and the kittens to the vet? I know nothing about cats. Any advice will be appreciated.