Looking to adopt kittens?
Seasonal breeders: Cats are seasonal breeders and typically give birth to two litter of kittens, the first in Spring and the second in late Summer. Kittens need to be weaned and ready to leave their mothers, this usually at around 9-10 weeks old so every year it is from the end of May that we start having many kittens ready to go to new homes. There are then usually plenty of kittens in need of homes throughout the Summer months and up until late Atumn.
We have been inundated with enquiries and offers of homes for kittens since the lockdown began, people are at home a lot more than usual so it has been a good time to settle in new cats and kittens. Due to a higher than usual number of homes being offered for kittens there is likely to be a wait of potentially a few weeks for young kittens.
UPDATE 18th OCT: We currently have very few 'normal' friendly kittens seeking homes but have in the last 2-3 weeks taken in a lot of stray kittens. These kittens are shy and our staff and volunteers are working with them to help socialise them and increase their confidence with people. They are in need of permanent homes and will suit adopters who are experienced with cats. They will need adult homes or homes with sensible older children (10 years +)
Adopting kittens during the coronavirus pandemic: The coronavirus pandemic does mean that we have had to alter our usual homing procedures. Pre-coronavirus we would come and visit you in your home (home visit) this was an informal visit to provide advice about caring for cats or kittens e.g health care, feeding, settling in and also an opportunity for us to feel reassured that you could provide a good home. We have replaced a physical home visit with a video call via What'sApp to provide the same advice and so that you can also show us the cat relevant areas of your home e.g garden, location of a cat flap etc. Or alternatively where possible we can carry out a socially distant garden visit.
We are prioritising homes that are local to our centres.
More Information: More information about our homing policies including rehoming kittens in pairs can be found here: https://www.celiahammond.org/index.php/faqs/homing-a-cat