Raising kittens is difficult, time consuming, and sadly, not always successful. In an ideal world, kittens would always be raised by their mothers, who are best equipped to cater to the needs of their young. However, this sadly isn’t always possible and in some instances experienced animal carers have to step in and attempt to preserve the lives of these little ones. Kittens require feeding every two hours throughout the day and night and encouragement to pass faeces and urine.
Today’s CLAWgust spotlight is on Tom and Angel, from our HULA centre. Tom (14 years old), and his mum, Angel (15 years old), didn’t have the best start when they arrived at our HULA centre. Tom and Angel’s collars were held on with cable ties, so tight that they had both lost all the fur around their necks. Sadly, it didn’t end there.
National Animal Welfare Trust has been researching the topic of feral cats in the UK this year via online and paper surveys.
Our study had just under 800 responses from people all over the UK and has provided us with a great insight into what people think of our unowned kitties.
We targeted animal welfare groups and our own supporter community, including readers of our charity magazine, Animate, as part of our research. From this we have gained well-informed insights from a community that has much involvement with feral cats.
Many cat owners know how upset you can feel when your beloved pet brings in a bird it has just caught in the garden.
Cats are natural hunters, and if your cat is allowed outside, there is no way to completely stop them from hunting. However, you can follow some of our tips below to help satisfy your cat’s natural behavioural needs at home, which might make them less likely to hunt in the garden.
Adopting a rescue cat is an amazing, and rewarding thing to do. Here are some quick points that may not come up at the centre during the rehoming process…
Keep your pens safe
If you’ve left a pen on the table, be prepared for it to be batted onto the floor, possibly underneath the sofa, never to be seen again.
Did we not mention that your kitty might like to nibble your toes? Have you tried keeping your socks on?