Monday, 7 May 2018

Kitten Watch Update: Saying Goodbye!

The 4 kittens are now 8-9 weeks old and have all been reserved, microchipped, had their first vaccination, are flea'd and wormed up to date and have been neutered! They have all headed off to their new homes and our duty of looking after them is now passed on to their new families for their bright futures, full of fun! It is always sad for staff to say goodbye to the kittens they have watched and worked with for the vital first 8 weeks of their lives and seeing their individual personalities shine through but it is also a very happy time as we know they will be loved and enjoy their lovely new homes.



Daisy has also now headed off to her forever home, she too has been neutered, ending the cycle of her having multiple litters of kittens, she is also microchipped and fully vaccinated now. Daisy has been such a wonderful mum and now we are so thrilled she gets her happy ending of a forever home to spend her days playing and relaxing.


Daisy going home with her new family.

Our homing process is very simple, we invite the public to look at our opening hours and pop along to the centre between those times. We ask for potential adopters to fill out a short questionnaire in order for us to point them in the right direction of suitable cats to fit in with their lifestyle and home. We urge the public to read all of the stories above the cats pens in order to find out a little more about each cats individual needs and from there one of our knowledgeable cat carers will allow them to meet the cat.




If the potential adopter wishes to take home the cat they have met then we pop a 'reserved' sign above their pen and go through the cats medical history, flea and worm treatments, vaccination records and any relevant previous history (such as if the cat likes to sit on laps, what kind of toys and scratch post they prefer) and explain to the adopter everything they need to know and get ready before taking the cat home.

The adoption fee is £50 and all of our cats in care will be upto date with their flea and worm treatment, neutered (if old enough - if not a full cost neutering voucher will be provided), microchipped to the adopters address and would of had at least their first vaccination.

We want to say a HUGE thankyou to everyone who sponsored Daisy and her kittens during their stay with us. Every penny helps cats and kittens just like them in our care.



Daisy is one of the lucky cats who has found her way into our care, sadly every year many cats give birth out doors with no proper shelter and care. Although we all love seeing mums with kittens at the centre, we would always advocate getting cats neutered as this is the only effective way to reduce unwanted cats in the UK. A fact which surprises everyone is that one female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years! For help with neutering your cat, please click here

Friday, 27 April 2018

Kitten Watch Part 8: Countdown to 8 weeks!


Daisy’s kittens fast approaching 8 weeks old and are almost ready to begin the next chapter of their lives. Soon the kittens will be ready for their first vaccinations and final health checks. Vaccinations are very important as they will help protect the kittens against cat flu, enteritis and feline leukaemia. They will need a second vaccination three weeks after the first to ensure that they are fully protected.
Today is also a big day for Daisy as she is currently at the vets being spayed. Daisy can now enjoy her future without having to worry about raising anymore kittens!  Now she is neutered she will be at a much lower risk of contracting the feline aids virus and the risk of some cancers will also be reduced.

Daisy has been neutered and is recovering well from her operation

Daisy and her kittens are now split permanently and spend all day and night apart. Daisy does not mind and seems to be enjoying the peace and quiet. Her kittens are getting along great too. They are all fully litter trained and eating meat and biscuits independently. They are really enjoying playing in their outside pen together, spending the majority of the day playing with balls, boxes and furry toy mice! The kittens will zoom around and then fall asleep exhausted in a moment. As tempting as it is to pick up or cuddle a sleeping kitten it is important to leave them when they are asleep as sleep is highly important for growth and development. Just like a baby a kitten will need lots of sleep!

Emma and Dewi relaxing after breakfast
A common reason for play aggression in cats towards people is due to learning at a young age that hands or feet are toys! We encourage everybody who adopts a kitten to never use fingers or toes to play with kittens. Instead we would recommend toys on strings or feathers to discourage your kitten from attacking your hands in play. These toys also help develop a kitten’s balance and eye-paw co-ordination and are lots of fun!
Play Time!
We cannot believe how quickly the last 8 weeks have flown by!  We wish Daisy and her kittens the best of luck for the future and hope they will all be very happy in their new homes.
Daisy and her kittens are likely to be available for adoption next week, if you are interested in adopting Daisy or one of her kittens, please call the centre on 01656 724396 or email bridgend@cats.org.uk the week beginning 30 April. If you would like more information about our adoption process, please visit our website www.bridgend.cats.org.uk Unfortunately cats cannot be reserved over the phone and anyone interested must come to meet the cat in person, and only when the cat / kittens have been declared fit to home by our vets.
Daisy's kittens 8 weeks old

Daisy's kittens - new born

Daisy is currently our sponsor cat and you can help contribute towards the cost of caring for Daisy, her kittens and other unwanted cats by becoming a Cats Protection sponsor, to get started, please visit here 
Alternatively you can make a one off donation to our kitten appeal at 
http://bit.ly/2GDxM7P or by texting BRKW48 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Daisy is one of the lucky cats who has found her way into our care, sadly every year many cats give birth out doors with no proper shelter and care. Although we all love seeing mums with kittens at the centre, we would always advocate getting cats neutered as this is the only effective way to reduce unwanted cats in the UK. A fact which surprises everyone is that one female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years! For help with neutering your cat, please click 
here

Friday, 13 April 2018

Kitten Watch Part 7: Socialisation

Our sponsor cat Daisy and her kittens are now weaned to be split for the whole day now! That means the kittens are eating mashed up kitten meat and biscuits independently and are only with Daisy over night now.

Here at CP Bridgend we have a socialisation chart which we start when the kittens are from 2 weeks old. It starts off with just handling the kittens and week by week progresses to more advanced steps such as playing with specific toys, feeling different textures underfoot and using different types of litter. All of this is to get them ready for the big wide world that is ahead of them once they leave the centre.



This week Daisy's kittens have been exploring their outside pen, we have provided them with lots of different toys and textures to get them interested in their surroundings. The floor in the back run of the pen is concrete and a little bit of a shock to the kittens when they first touch the cool floor (a big difference from their cosy under floor heated pen!) so they don't like to spend too much time out there to begin with however, as with most litters of kittens, once they start going out to play they cannot get enough of it!

We put down several disposable carpet samples to get the kittens used to the feel of carpet, we also use small cardboard boxes with shapes cut into them for some fun enrichment - we often put a Ping-Pong ball inside and the kittens love it!




We also continue handling the kittens individually. We hold them away from their litter mates so they get some one on one human contact and we do little tasks such as checking in their ears, smoothing their heads and touching their paws and tail. This sets them up for being handled in their new homes and also helps with vet checks.




We also have a CD that we play into the corridor which contains household noises such as the hoover, the television and laughter. This gets the kittens used to the sounds that go on around everyday homes.

Another task is getting the kittens to use their cat flap! As you can see below these 4 are having no trouble popping in and out as they please now :)



Daisy is currently our sponsor cat and you can help contribute towards the cost of caring for Daisy, her kittens and other unwanted cats by becoming a Cats Protection sponsor, to get started, please visit here

Alternatively you can make a one off donation to our kitten appeal at http://bit.ly/2GDxM7P or by texting BRKW48 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Daisy is one of the lucky cats who has found her way into our care, sadly every year many cats give birth out doors with no proper shelter and care. Although we all love seeing mums with kittens at the centre, we would always advocate getting cats neutered as this is the only effective way to reduce unwanted cats in the UK. A fact which surprises everyone is that one female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years! For help with neutering your cat, please click here







Friday, 6 April 2018

Kitten Watch Part 6, Daisy and kittens have a busy week!


Daisy’s kittens are 5 weeks now!  They have turned into little bundles of energy and fun, Daisy is glad to be having regular breaks away from them to rest and have some quality time alone. She particularly enjoys have some fuss and attention during these times and loves having behind her ears scratched.

The kittens are walking around freely and  playing with their siblings and toys. They are continuing to develop their independence although they don’t wander far from their mum or litter mates.  They spend a lot of time play fighting and pouncing on each other, this allows them to learn boundaries and to develop their hunting skills.  


The kittens are now eating well, they particularly enjoy eating kitten meat but have started crunching on biscuits too.  They are grooming themselves and each other and have started to use their litter tray.

The kittens are all eating well

Daisy having her second vaccination.



This week mum Daisy had her second vaccination and is now covered for cat flu, enteritis and feline leukaemia for a year.  She was given a quick check by our vet at the same time and is fit and healthy.  She is maintaining her body condition extremely well considering she has 4 hungry mouths to feed.






 The kitten has also had their 5 week old vet check, they have had their eyes, ears, nose, mouth, heart, and general body condition checked and have been given the all clear by our vet.  They have also had their first worming treatment, this is an important part of kitten care and will need to be carried out regularly through their life.  We always use worming and flea treatment products prescribed by our vets and advise everyone to do the same as it is safer to use prescribed products and they are much more effective.


Dewi having his 5 week vet check.
It is amazing how much the kittens have grown and developed in just 5 weeks, they have grown from helpless little bundles to independent bundles of fund and energy.

Daisy's kittens - new born

Daisy' kittens - 5 weeks old
The kitten’s personalities continue to develop and it’s amazing how different they are from each other, Daffodil and Dewi are super confident, they are always up to mischief and are particularly playful, Daffodil’s favourite toy at the moment is Daisy’s tail!  Emma & Eira are quieter and more reserved, but they are growing in confidence every day and learning at trick or two from their siblings. 

 

Being a mum is exhausting and even kittens have to stop some time to rest, and sleep.  The kittens spend between 16 – 20 hours a day sleeping, even though they are peacefully nodding, their bodies are hard at work!  Their brain and nervous system develops whilst they are catnapping, their bones and muscles strengthen and tone allowing them to move with grace and athleticism.  Sleep also keeps the kitten’s immune system in good shape allowing them to fight off disease and infections.

Daisy and kittens having a well earned rest
Daisy is currently our sponsor cat and you can help contribute towards the cost of caring for Daisy, her kittens and other unwanted cats by becoming a Cats Protection sponsor, to get started, please visit here

Alternatively you can make a one off donation to our kitten appeal at http://bit.ly/2GDxM7P or by texting BRKW48 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. 
 Daisy is one of the lucky cats who has found her way into our care, sadly every year many cats give birth out doors with no proper shelter and care.  Although we all love seeing mums with kittens at the centre, we would always advocate getting cats neutered as this is the only effective way to reduce unwanted cats in the UK.  A fact which surprises everyone is that one female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years!   For help with neutering your cat, please click here






Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Kitten Watch Part 5: 4 Weeks Old

Daisy.

Daisy's kittens will be 4 weeks old on the 29th March. This means we will split them from mum during meal times to encourage the kittens to start exploring eating on their own. Mum will go in a pen above and get some well earned peace and quiet to eat her food and relax without the kittens. The kittens will be given mashed up kitten food (sometimes with a drop of warm water in) to see if they are interested in eating solids. The 4 kittens have already started putting their paws into mummas food so we think they will be eating solo in no time!




Dewi

 All 4 kittens have been wandering about their pen, drinking water from a bowl and learning to play with their toys. They also love to play with each other, learning new social skills such a 'bite inhibition' which helps sets boundaries during play time - see the video below:




Daffodil

Emma
 
Eira

 
All the kittens personalities are starting to shine through. Eira is the confident one, as soon as the pen door opens she waddles on over to see what's going on. Emma is the scaredy cat but she is also the smallest out of the 4. Dewi is the lazy, laid back kitten and Daffodil is a total mummy's girl, she is often found with Daisy's paw wrapped around her for some cwtches! 
 
The next week is a huge step for the kittens, getting a feel for what life without mummy around will be! We can't wait to document them adapting and see how much they grow and change.
 

 
Daisy is currently our sponsor cat and you can help contribute towards the cost of caring for Daisy, her kittens and other unwanted cats by becoming a Cats Protection sponsor, to get started, please visit here
Alternatively you can make a one off donation to our kitten appeal at http://bit.ly/2GDxM7P or by texting BRKW48 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. 

 Daisy is one of the lucky cats who has found her way into our care, sadly every year many cats give birth out doors with no proper shelter and care.  Although we all love seeing mums with kittens at the centre, we would always advocate getting cats neutered as this is the only effective way to reduce unwanted cats in the UK.  A fact which surprises everyone is that one female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years!   For help with neutering your cat, please click here

Watch this space for our next kitten watch blog!
 

Friday, 16 March 2018

Kitten Watch Part 4, Daisy, a purrfect mum!

Daisy’s kittens are now 2 weeks old and it’s a pleasure to watch her tending her fast growing cuties with a total devotion to their needs. She is very chatty with them and quickly responds to their calls with soft meows and reassuring chirps.

 

All cat admitted into our care are vaccinated before leaving the centre and Daisy is no exception.  She saw the vet again this week during our weekly vet run, she was a very brave girl when she had her vaccination which will cover her for cat flu, infectious feline enteritis and feline leukaemia.  To find out more about the importance of getting your cat vaccinated please click here

Daffodil, Emma, Dewi and Eire have more than double in size and are growing at a very quick rate gaining around 10 grams a day. Their fur is getting very fluffy, they have the curtest of whiskers and the tiniest of nails.  Cat whiskers are filled with very sensitive nerves, they help cats judge distance, and space, feel their way around in the dark and to sense vibrations in the air when hunting. Their ears are almost fully erect and they are starting to respond to sound.  
 
Daffodil, has cute whiskers and tiny nails
 
The kitten’s eyes are now open completely but their vision will still be blurred.  Their eyes are a lovely deep blue colour as all young kittens are at this age, they will change to their adult colour by the age of 6 weeks.  Their baby incisors are starting to come through, their sense of smell is starting to develop, and they will hiss at strange smells.
 

Eire's eyes are open but her vision is still blurred
The kittens are more mobile and are starting to crawl away from Daisy, they are also more aware of their siblings and starting to interact with each other.  All in all, they are a total bunch of absolute cuteness!
 


 
 
You can help contribute towards the cost of caring for Daisy, her kittens and other unwanted cats by becoming a Cats Protection sponsor, to get started, please visit here
Alternatively you can make a one off donation to our kitten appeal at http://bit.ly/2GDxM7P or by texting BRKW48 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. 

 Daisy is one of the lucky cats who has found her way into our care, sadly every year many cats give birth out doors with no proper shelter and care.  Although we all love seeing mums with kittens at the centre, we would always advocate getting cats neutered as this is the only effective way to reduce unwanted cats in the UK.  A fact which surprises everyone is that one female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years!   For help with neutering your cat, please click here

Watch this space for our next kitten watch blog!
 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Kitten Watch Part 3, Daisy's kittens have names!

We can’t believe Daisy’s kittens are 1 week old already!  All 4 kittens are thriving thanks to the devoted care and attention of Daisy, who is proving to be a wonderful mum.  Daisy herself is enjoying motherhood and is looking very proud of herself, she loves showing off her kittens and sometimes seems to have a bit of a self satisfied smile, especially when she’s cwtching (cuddling) her kittens.


Daisy cwtching (cuddling) one of her kittens
 
The moment we were really excited about was naming the kittens, we had lots of suggestions on our facebook page and after much deliberation we settled on names to represent the different events which took part on the 1st March.  The names we have chosen are Dewi for the male, this is welsh for David to represent St David’s Day.  For the females we chose Emma to represent the storm they were born in, Eira (welsh for snow) as we had plenty of it on the day and finally Daffodil to represent the first day of spring.

Dewi, Emma, Eira and Daffodil (Left to right)
 
Daisy and the kittens have all had vet checks and been declared fit and healthy.  The kittens are very forward for their age, they are already well grown, their eyes started to open at just 4 days of age, and ears are starting to stand upright.  Their fur is starting to grow and they are crawling around, we think Daisy is going her paws full with them in a couple of weeks’ time!


Daffodil having her vet check
 
Keeping 4 growing kittens fed has given Daisy a really big appetite so we are feeding her adlib, this means that she doesn’t have scheduled feeds but has access to good quality kitten biscuits/meat at all times.  She is having kitten food as it is more nutritious than adult food so this will give her the extra nutrient she needs to keep herself and her kittens healthy.  We also make sure that she access to fresh drinking water at all times and plenty of toys, although her favourite past time at the moment is just chilling with and looking after her kittens.




Daisy enjoying chilling with her kittens

You can help contribute towards the cost of caring for Daisy, her kittens and other unwanted cats by becoming a Cats Protection sponsor, to get started, please visit here
Alternatively you can make a one off donation to our kitten appeal at http://bit.ly/2GDxM7P or by texting BRKW48 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. 
 
Daisy is one of the lucky cats who has found her way into our care, sadly every year many cats give birth out doors with no proper shelter and care.  Although we all love seeing mums with kittens at the centre, we would always advocate getting cats neutered as this is the only effective way to reduce unwanted cats in the UK.  A fact which surprises everyone is that one female cat can be responsible for a staggering 20,000 descendants in just five years!   For help with neutering your cat, please click here
Watch this space for our next kitten watch blog!