My appointment yesterday was set up for 2:30 so at about noon, I baited the trap with tuna and set it out. I had both kittens in the house and at about 1:00 I put some tuna in the carrier, and then wound up just stuffing them into it. I put them in the back of the pickup (canopy).
And waited. When I had to leave, Mom Cat had not taken the bait, so I left with the kittens to make my appointment.
When I got there I went to the desk and said I had a 2:30 and only had two of the three. I was told that was impossible since there's no appointments before 3:00 and 2:30 is when all the staff is at lunch. She pretty much acted as though I was lying to her and didn't honor my appointment time, but said I was on the waiting list and first. A little after three I turned Smokey and CeeCee over to them. I felt bad that I'd put tuna in the carrier as Smokey ate some and then got sick on the ride into town. I put flyers with their resumes (yep, you have to fill out resumes for each cat) asking potential parents to take them both as they were bonded and best friends - yep, pictures of them together on the flyers. I felt a sense of loss, but I know even if they're separated it will be better than starving in my back yard, and rampant feral litters.
I figured once I got home I'd find Mom Cat in the trap, but no, she wasn't trapped. And, the tuna in the trap was gone. She managed to get into the trap, eat the tuna and get back out wihout tripping the gate.
I was rather impressed with that, it even made me smile and chuckle a bit. I've fed her today and will keep trying to catch her, but only to get her spayed and turn her back out.
It bothers me that once I've left the house to work she'll now have no food or fresh water. If I could have domesticated the little ones without having her involved it would have been better for her, and now she's going to have the stress of trying to find food and water. She will have this problem if I catch/spay her or not.
She looks very healthy right now. I know this is going to wear on my mind after I get back to work.