Pre­pare for kit­ten sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News - AMELIA CHRIS­TENSEN-ROSE

Kit­ten sea­son is ap­proach­ing and there is al­ready a high de­mand for the lit­tle fluff balls.

Last time the Waikato SPCA had kit­tens avail­able for adop­tion, peo­ple were wait­ing out­side the cen­tre for a while be­fore the doors opened.

Cen­tre man­ager, Laura Van­der Kley, said the cen­tre was re­ceiv­ing daily mes­sages about kit­tens, though there weren’t any avail­able just yet.

Van­der Kley said the SPCA helped to make sure a new kit­ten owner was ed­u­cated and knew what they could ex­pect.

‘‘Kit­tens are so much fun but a lot of work,’’ Van­der Kley said.

‘‘They can be trou­ble­some, so you have to pre­pare ap­pro­pri­ately.’’

Some of the kit­tens ar­rived at the SPCA after be­ing home­less, aban­doned and vic­tims of ne­glect. They needed a for­ever-home full of love.

If you’re think­ing about get­ting more than one kit­ten, Van­der Kley sug­gested get­ting re­lated cats.

Kit­ten sea­son is nor­mally be­tween Novem­ber and March, with cats breed­ing in the warmer weather, but this year the Waikato SPCA re­ceived its first lit­ter in Septem­ber, two weeks ear­lier.

The SPCA en­cour­age peo­ple to have their cats de­sexed to help slow down the rates of kit­tens born.

‘‘Kit­tens are so much fun but a lot of work. They can be trou­ble­some, so you have to pre­pare ap­pro­pri­ately.’’

SPCA says there’s keen de­mand for kit­tens but own­ers need to be ed­u­cated on how to care for the lit­tle fee­lines.

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