Kitten season: In pictures
28 JUNE 2019
As the weather gets warmer it can only mean one thing, Kitten Season has officially kicked off at Battersea.
Most cats tend to breed during the warmer months, resulting in an influx of kittens between April and August, which is why we call this period Kitten Season.
As wonderful as Kitten Season may sound, the reality is that it often results in extremely young kittens being brought into Battersea. This is usually after being abandoned and prematurely separated from their mothers, or when people either don’t want them or are unable to care for them.
Thanks to the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Battersea has all the facilities that are needed to care for abandoned new-born kittens.
Stephanie Kerr from the charities team at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “It sounds like staff at Battersea will have their hands full this summer caring for lots of kittens. I’m really pleased that the charity can help so many kittens get the best possible start to life thanks to the generous support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”
If you have, or find unwanted kittens, find out how to bring them in to one of our Battersea centres.
For the first four weeks of their life, kittens are extremely vulnerable and need 24-hour care in order to survive, usually leaving their mother at around eight weeks.
Luckily, our staff are able to provide the specialist care that these tiny kittens need in order to survive, made possible with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. This means doing everything their mother would do, from cleaning and grooming to 2-hourly feeds throughout the night!
Kittens also need medical check-ups, worming, flea treatments and eventually neutering – which is why we do not recommend keeping a litter of kittens yourself if you do find some.
PLAYTIME & FOSTERING
Playtime and socialising are vital parts of a kitten’s development, and they learn a lot from being around their mother and siblings. These early experiences positively influence them to exhibit natural behaviours and lessen the chance of them biting or scratching later on in life.
Without their mother around, this is also a vital part of our staff’s role during Kitten Season, which is why many of our kittens spend time with our Battersea foster carers. This way, they can develop in a home environment and have the company of their siblings and foster carer all day long.
At around nine weeks old, our little kittens are old enough to venture of to their new homes and carry on exploring the world, finding new adventures. Take it from our staff though, kittens are a lot of work! If you are considering bringing a new feline into your family, then an older cat might be a better fit. You can meet our more mature cats who are looking for homes. If you’re still set on getting a kitten, check out our kitten checklist to make sure they are the right pet for you first.