The Silence of the Cat (An Update)
I attempted to trap the kitten in my Have-A Heart and that was the last I heard from the kitten. Any time I spent outdoors during the last two days I paused often to listen for it's meow. Previously it was so vocal that I could hear it from hundreds of feet away. Now there isn't a peep.
I couldn't get any closer than ten feet from it. It more than likely had a reason to distrust humans. Had it trusted me for a moment it would have lived a charmed life. Instead, it's weakened state from lack of food made it easy prey.
I wasn't looking for another cat, but I would have happily welcomed it into our home. Sadly, I'm sure there will be other opportunities of other dumped kittens out here in the country side.