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 and have had to postpone Summer holiday plans so now is 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 although as we cannot predict how many kittens we will be asked to take in this may not turn out to be the case. Also due to the difficulties many cat owners will have experienced in getting their young female cats neutered during the lockdown we are anticipating a higher number of kittens being born than usual as we move into the Summer. You may alternatively wish to consider offering a home to adut cats or a mother cat with a kitten or two.
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.
Following a successful home visit we now match cats and homes, you cannot visit cats or kittens in the rescue centre or our foster homes, instead we can provide photos and short video's of the cats and discuss them in more depth. If you wish to go ahead we deliver the cats / kittens to your home as a door step handover. Adoption paperwork is completed as far as possible in advance over the phone. You then adopt the cats or kittens on a trial adoption basis. Despite this being a new and unusual way to adopt cats we have so far found that adoptions are successful.
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