Fine ex­am­ple of kit­ten fos­ter­ing

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He­len King has fos­tered kit­tens who are feral or have been aban­doned through the An­i­mal Wel­fare League for around a decade, and more cat foster par­ents are needed.

IF YOU love cute lit­tle kit­tens but aren’t too keen on the com­mit­ment of own­ing a pet long-term, then you may want to fol­low the ex­am­ple of one Dhar­ruk cou­ple.

He­len and Vic King have fos­tered kit­tens who are feral or have been aban­doned through the An­i­mal Wel­fare League for around a decade.

They’ve looked af­ter dozens of mostly kit­tens be­fore they’ve been re­homed, and helped tame the ones that were wary of be­ing touched.

“You get a lot of plea­sure from them, they’re beau­ti­ful lit­tle kit­tens, es­pe­cially for peo­ple who have never had cats in their life. You know you’re do­ing a good thing by giv­ing them a home,” Mrs King said.

The cou­ple have turned their front ve­randa into a kit­ten play­ground, with climb­ing poles and scratch­ing posts for their plea­sure.

They are usu­ally given the kit­tens when they are three weeks old, and keep them for another two months be­fore the are ready to be adopted out.

“They are very low main­te­nance, and a lot of the cats have been re­homed in apart­ments. They’re not like a dog, you don’t need a yard, and they are very clean,” she said,

“Even a lit­tle one that was found out­side cry­ing only two weeks old, we fed her with a bot­tle, and within three weeks she was us­ing the kitty lit­ter.”

The An­i­mal Wel­fare League is call­ing for more cat foster car­ers to look af­ter kit­tens be­fore they are adopted out.

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

An­i­mal Wel­fare League cat fos­terer He­len King with Baby.

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