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 Autumn.
During 2020 we were inundated with enquiries and offers of homes for kittens. During the pandemic people have been at home a lot more than usual so it has been a good time to settle in new cats and kittens. We are unsure what 2021 kitten season will bring as the high demand during 2020 means that there are a lot more cats and many of these have not been neutered due to difficulties accessing non-emegency veterinary care during lockdowns so there may be more kittens than usual entering our care this Summer.
April 2021: We have started a kitten home waiting list at the end of March for kittens that are expected to come into our care during the Summer. To be added to this list we will need to complete a home assessment with you which is currently a virtual (video) 'visit' to discuss kitten care, ensure that you have all the advice you need about caring for and settling in kittens and for us to feel reassured that you can provide a good and permanent home. Once on the list homes will be contacted as and when we have suitable pairs of kittens or a mum and a kitten pair available. Our kittens are rescued and many arrive in our care in need of further socialising, these shy kittens will require experienced adult homes. We do also take in unwanted pet kittens and have kittens that have been raised in foster homes from a very young age who are well socialised and may be suitable for family homes with young children.
UPDATE 6th APRIL: We have received approx 200 offers of homes for kittens in the last 10 days. We are working through these enquiries BUT we do not yet have kittens ready to go so any homes added to our waiting list will be matched with kittens over the coming weeks and months. We also need to continue finding homes for the adult cats that are in our care. We are only a small team and are very stretchedso if you enquire about kittens please help us by providing as much information as you can in your email e.g address, had cats before, current pets, children and their ages etc. Please be patient! In order to work our way through these 200 enquiries plus all other enquiries we are not accepting any more new enquiries for kittens for the next two weeeks (or sooner if we catch up again) Thank you
We will as always continue to need homes for adult cats of all ages.
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.
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