Cat and kitten lovers, we need you. If you have always wanted to help the RSPCA in some way or form, whether it was adopting a fur baby or donating, now is the time to act.
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Every year, during kitten season (from spring to autumn) the intake of cats increases by eight-fold in RSPCA shelters across the country.
Kitten season refers to the warmer months of the year and is a busy time for the RSPCA. Orphaned kittens and nursing mothers continue to be dropped off at shelters dirty, hungry, and covered in fleas.
Sadly, many of these felines are too young, underweight, and fragile to be adopted immediately and require crucial veterinary treatment first and round-the-clock feeding and care.
Unwanted and unplanned pregnancies is a major contributing factor and issue to the rising number of homeless and sick furry friends in shelters each year. Cats are highly prolific breeders, with the capability of having two to three litters each season, resulting in up to 15 kittens each
year. Furthermore, kittens reach reproductive age at just four months old. Doing the maths, a cat and her kittens can have up to 225 cats in two years, highlighting the importance of desexing.
Keep an eye out in your state or territory, for RSPCA's neonatal foster care program that provides training, key medications, supplies such as litter trays, blankets, and bottles to support foster care volunteers willing to raise the most vulnerable kittens (usually under 4 weeks of age).
Once kittens have gained enough weight and have completed their vaccination regimes, they’re returned to the shelter for desexing and are ready to find their forever homes.
If you can’t home a kitten, you can still support this essential work by becoming a Kitten Protector. A three-month contribution will ensure kittens get the support they need with funds going towards shelters, animal attendants, foster care programs, bedding, and essential medicine.
Dr Mina Hamilton, Scientific Services Veterinarian at Royal Canin said, “It's inspiring to see first-hand the way in which the RSPCA, its animal attendants, veterinary staff, and volunteers provide intensive care for orphaned kittens across the country. This care for kittens is crucial, and ensures their health and survival, ultimately giving them a chance to be placed in a loving home."
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