We often have kittens in at the shelter. They may have been relinquished due to families no longer being able to care for them, or sometimes we have litters actually born at the shelter.
Just like adult cats, we will ensure all kittens are treated for fleas and worms, vaccinated, microchipped and neutered before they go off to their new homes. Occasionally they still may need to finish their course of vaccination, or for a medical reason, we may not have neutered before rehoming. If this is the case, you will receive a voucher from us to complete these treatments.
Kittens will normally be rehomed around about the age of 12 weeks. We will have done as much socialising with them as we can at the shelter, however, every kitten is different and we will match each kitten with the home and family we feel is most suitable.
Most of the time, we will not advertise kittens on our website as the demand is too high. Therefore the best way to rehome a kitten is to fill out one of our interested parties forms specifying what you are looking for. When a kitten or kittens become available that we feel is suitable for your home environment and family situation, we will call you to chat about them and arrange for you to meet the kitten or kittens. Rehoming our kittens is NOT first-come, first-serve, we find the most suitable homes for the individual animals in relation to the kitten’s personality, background, medical needs, temperament, tolerant and sociability. There will be times when we may ask to consider taking on a pair of kittens from a litter if it is deemed they will be more comfortable being rehomed with a sibling.
There is not one ideal home for a kitten. This will depend on the cat’s temperament and confidence level. Not all kittens can be rehomed with children or other animals. Our trained staff will match each kitten with what they deem if the most suitable home and family environment.
If you live on a busy road or near a railway track, we will ask you to consider keeping the kitten as indoor-only for their own safety. If this is not possible for you, we may not be able to rehome a kitten to your home.
Demand for kittens is high, especially between Spring and Autumn, so finding a new addition to your home may take longer than you had hoped, however, please be patient, we will do our best to match you. Else, we ask that you consider offering a home to an adult or even a senior cat.
It is important to give your cat time and space to settle in to their new home. Do not flood your new cat with too many experiences too soon. It is very tempting to show off your new addition to family and friends, but try to resist as much as you can. It is better to take things quietly and slowly – let them learn and get used to their new home environment first, building up trust levels and confidence. Make sure you provide safe places for them to hide, along with litter trays and scratch posts. Most importantly, your new addition will need to know where their litter tray, food and water are.
Have toys available to play with so once settled they can exhibit natural behaviours. Play time, along with grooming can help develop the bond between you and your new addition. Ensure you keep your cats indoors for a number of weeks before letting them out, allowing them time to settle and understand this is their new home.
We do advise that you do keep your cats up to date with flea and worm treatments, along with their yearly booster. Don’t forget to update the chip if you move.