Yep, I agree with others here. Do whatcha gotta do to get the cats through the cycle. I've had to break from protocol also... but, anticipating all the kids 'ooo-ing' and 'ahh-ing' at the emergence makes up for any lack of scientific prudence I should have... lol...
(yes, we actually have some milkweed left in southeastern PA...it's not in great shape but I could try it....)?
And, TeacherAnn, I've actually found some tiny milkweed seedlings still growing where I live here in east-central Indiana! I thought about using the seedlings, but, so far, the diet seems to be okay for the cats I have at home anyway! (I posted a huge comment in the caterpillar mortality
thread about our three 'school cats'
who have not faired so well on the diet.)
BTW... only two days until Thanksgiving... and I have some annual impatient plants still blooming on my front porch and my perennial gaillardia looking just as healthy as they are in summer!! Even the verbena still have some scraggly blooms here and there!
Unbelievable. I love the 'warm' weather, but it's a bit scary this late in the year, eh?