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July
Kitten season
19 July 2017 by Cats Paws

Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding rescue centres with homeless litters. Kitten season is really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.

We do have kittens available for adoption at the moment so if you are interest please contact the sanctuary via phone call to check they are still available. We can not reserve kittens over the phone. You will have to visit the sanctuary, spend some time with the kittens and adoption is on a first come first serve basis. We can not hold kittens once adopted, they must go to their new home the same day. Please have everything set up for them in their new home before coming to the sanctuary. 

Kittens that are available are over 9 weeks of age. They have been health checked by our vets, microchipped and have had their first vaccination. Depending on how old they are they may of had their second vaccination also. If not, it is your responsibility to take them to the vets for their second vaccination. This will cost you around £25 with a discount voucher from us. We will issue you a voucher that will cover the full cost of neutering. This is to be used at our vets, The Veterinary Health Centre, Greenways, St Annes. We blood test all mother cats for Feline Aids and Leukaemia to make sure nothing has been passed on to the kittens. 

If you are thinking of adopting a kitten, please remember cats can live into their twenties. 

Kittens can be very fast, active and will want to climb what they are not allowed to! 

 

19
July
Think before you adopt
19 July 2017 by Cats Paws

THINK BEFORE YOU ADOPT

Before starting a family, many people plan and make sure they are ready for what life may bring them.

Why shouldn’t the same happen before taking on a cat or kitten?

As with babies, cats are a life commitment and with careful planning, many unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens can find happy new homes.

 

Things to think about before adopting a cat or kitten.

New family members!

If you were to have a baby, would there be enough room in the house for the cat to get away from the noise? Do you have a room that the cat can run to and happily sleep or play in away from a crawling baby? Taking this into consideration means that the cat and baby/child will be able to live and grow up safely together.

 

Moving home!

If you have to move home, would you be prepared to take the cat with you? Will you do the research to find a place that will accept your cat? Will you have the funds to pay a pet bond fee? Moving home is one of the main reasons why there are so many abandoned cats. If you take on the responsibility of a cat, you must be prepared to find accommodation for them as well. 

 

Allergies!

Ask your family members if they have ever suffered from pet allergies or asthma. If anything does crop up, make sure you spend as much time as you can with many different cats at different times of the day. This will establish if you have allergies. If allergies do occur after taking on a cat, there are a lot of great products on the market. Cat saliva forms a dust when it dries on their coat this is what causes the allergies. The products available are designed to remove this dust.

 

Illness!

If you suddenly became ill and had to go into hospital for a while, do you have anyone that would take care of your cat? Write down instructions and put it near the cat food so they know what to do in case of an emergency. 

 

Lastly, think of the financial side!

What would happen if you became ill and have no support? Or you lose your home? Would you be able to cover the cost of putting your cat into a cattery until you find a new home? What if you lose your job?

Think about setting up an emergency fund to cover any costs so your cat doesn’t suffer. It is also advisable to take out pet insurance which will help cover any veterinary costs.