Kit­ten sea­son is now at cri­sis point

Can you give an an­i­mal a lov­ing home and a new start in life?

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

ALTHOUGH late start­ing, the kit­ten sea­son is now in full swing and at cri­sis point.

Here at your lo­cal branch of the RSPCA, the RSPCA Hilling­don, Slough, Wind­sor, Kingston & Dis­trict Branch, we have 90 cats and kit­tens in care need­ing homes, and that num­ber goes up ev­ery day. Ninety! We ur­gently need help so please get in touch if you would be able to of­fer a ‘for­ever home’, a do­na­tion of kit­ten food, toys or an ex­pe­ri­enced foster home. All are ur­gently re­quired.

We have re­ceived calls this week from peo­ple who are ‘go­ing on hol­i­day and can’t af­ford the cat­tery fees’, who have given up cats for re­hom­ing; and many, many calls from peo­ple who have ‘found’ mother cats with a lit­ter of kit­tens in sheds and garages.

We reg­u­larly hear par­ents say­ing that they wanted their chil­dren ‘to ex­pe­ri­ence kit­tens be­ing born’, who have de­layed spay­ing their fe­male cats for this rea­son.

Sadly, par­ents must bear in mind that not ev­ery cat pro­duces a healthy lit­ter of kit­tens.

It is quite com­mon for some of the lit­ter to be born dead; oth­ers need a cae­sarean op­er­a­tion which can cost up to £1,000.

A poor lit­tle mother cat needed vet­eri­nary help re­cently when it was dis­cov­ered three of her kit­tens were fused to­gether.

This was a ter­ri­ble, trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence for a young mother – prac­ti­cally still a baby her­self – with a cost to this lo­cal branch of sev­eral hun­dred pounds for vet­eri­nary fees.

Af­ter a good deal of care she is now hap­pily suck­ling her one re­main­ing live kit­ten.

Both join the wait­ing list for a new home.

Could you help? To find out more please call 01895 833 417 or email bran­chad­min­is­tra­tor@rspc­ahilling­don­clinic.org.uk.

We have more than 50 kit­tens of var­i­ous ages in our care and more ar­riv­ing daily.

We can’t list them all in­di­vid­u­ally, but these are just a few of our adorable fluffies.

With our cat­ter­ies full, we want our kit­tens to find lov­ing homes as soon as they’re old enough to leave us – not just for their sakes, but also to make space for the many more stray, aban­doned and un­wanted kit­tens who will be in need of our help through­out the busy kit­ten sea­son.

If you can of­fer love and care to one or more of our kit­tens, or one of our many adult cats, please down­load, com­plete and re­turn an adop­tion ap­pli­ca­tion form.

Sally Iver was brought into us via one of our in­spec­tors.

She ini­tially had sev­eral in­juries, but with lots of TLC she has made a full re­cov­ery. Sally Iver likes to sit in her bed and watch the world go by, but also loves the at­ten­tion and af­fec­tion of hu­mans.

Lit­tle miss Sally has a very healthy ap­petite and likes to let you know when she is hungry.

Although she is a very pretty cat, Sally has long fur so will need reg­u­lar coat main­te­nance.

Sally Iver is look­ing for a home with older chil­dren and no other cats or dog.

Af­ter all that she has been through, Sally Iver would love to find her for­ever home – could you be the peo­ple to wel­come her into your home?

Thank you for your sup­port.

We can’t do it with­out you!

We have an Ama­zon Wish List for any­one wish­ing to send items from out­side the lo­cal area. Please visit our web­site or con­tact us for more in­for­ma­tion.

If you think you can of­fer one of our animals a lov­ing home then please call the RSPCA Hilling­don branch on 01895 833 417 or visit our web­site www. rspc­ahilling­don­clinic.org. uk to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

n AF­FEC­TION: Sally Iver loves watch­ing the world go by

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