Woodlands – Kitten Season

Kitten season is upon us!  Cute, cuddly, playful, outrageous, adorable – who doesn’t like kittens? Even Mcvities have used them to advertise their biscuits!  http://www.mcvities.co.uk/products/chocolate-digestives

However, during ‘kitten season’ (nature has a helping hand in this and cats tend to come into season as the days get longer and the weather turns warmer) entire female cats may come into season multiple times per year until they become pregnant.  This sounds ideal not to mention very cute and fluffy – but this can lead to vast numbers of unwanted litters being born every year.  In any one ‘kitten season’ we may take in up to 30 litters of kittens or pregnant cats here at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary.  It does depend on the age of the kittens when they come to us, but an average litter of 4 kittens could cost us up to £500.  Amanda, one of our Animal Care Managers admits “Kittens can be such a bitter sweet experience; the joy of a successful birth, with adorable kittens and a good mum, can be eclipsed by the heartache of poorly kittens or mums and the thought of the struggle these animals may have had to face if they had not found their way to us.”

Woodlands Animal Sanctuary only ever re-home adult cats that have been neutered, vaccinated and chipped to try to reduce the number of unwanted litters that are born.  Due to the care and hard work that goes into every cat that is re-homed from Woodlands Animal Sanctuary the re-homing donation maybe more than you initially expected.  But once you realise the depth of care these animals receive prior to you choosing them, I hope you’ll agree it is in fact a very reasonable request.

This is Winston, he is now 11 months old and came to the sanctuary as an under-nourished 9-week old kitten with his mum and 3 siblings.  If you would like to read more about Winston, please visit our website www.woodlandsanimalsanctuary.org.uk for his full story.

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