Spring this year has brought us a lot of odd weather: rain; days as hot as midsummer; nights as cold as winter; and more rain. Spring also brought us kittens, and in a way we do not usually get them—still within their mothers. When we sell our low-cost vouchers to the public, they often tell us that the cat might be pregnant. Depending on how far into the pregnancy she is, a spay can still be safely performed. After a certain point, though, it becomes more complicated, and potentially dangerous.
Two cats came to us at that very point in their gestation so we made the choice to not have a spay/abort performed. Instead, we placed them temporarily in the homes of two Purrfect Cat officers. There they can have their kittens, nurse and ween them, and eventually, the kittens as well as one mother will be up for adoption. The remaining mother cat will be returned to the family who found her once she is spayed.
Given that there are never enough homes (foster or forever) for all the kittens needing our help, enabling the birth of any is not our usual protocol, but it seemed the right choice in this particular case. We hope to share these kittens’ journey from birth to adoption with the public, turning a debatable move on our part into an opportunity to educate.
Both sets of kittens were born this week. Over the next two months, we will update you with pictures, stories, and hopefully some useful information, too. By late May or early June, these kittens will be ready for adoption. By then, “kitten season” will be in full swing so we would welcome new foster homes. If you know of anyone interested in opening their homes to adoptable cats and kittens, let us know, either through our facebook page or at firstname.lastname@example.org.