Kitten timeshare?

By Joan DiPiero

Typically the kittens who arrive at the SPA are a mysterious group. Showing up solo or with other siblings, they tell us nothing about their history. Did they have a good mom? What happened to her? Did she have a difficult time protecting them? Did they come from a home or from the street? We will never know the circumstances that brought them to us.

However, once in awhile, we have some of these questions answered with the arrival of a litter complete with their mom. We are always happy to see them together, knowing that mom’s nutrient-rich milk and careful attention to her babies provide the best start to life. Mama and babies have to be kept in a separate quiet area until the kittens are fully weaned, sometimes up to eight weeks. This can be quite a problem for us due to limited space, especially when we receive more than one family. This was the case last month when two nursing mamas arrived within days of each other. Thankfully, volunteers came to the rescue and agreed to house these families for several weeks.

Anita and Marco took in a lovely tranquil mom with five kittens. After four weeks of fostering, the kittens are happy and healthy and back with us, ready for adoption. The mom, much beloved now, is still with her foster parents.

Gerry opened her home to a rather feral neighborhood cat with four kittens. The mom, though not thrilled with humans, was a great mother, and we now have the kittens back with us, looking forward to the time they will find homes.

Both foster families found the experience rewarding. What is more fun than enjoying the playfulness and antics of kittens, and watching the bonding of a mother and her babies? As Gerry said, “The S.P.A. should charge volunteers an entertainment tax! I’m embarrassed to say how much time we’ve spent enjoying the kittens frolic.”

Thanks so much to these caring people. If you have the room in your home and heart to become a foster parent, please let us know. If you’re ready to adopt, come and meet these and all our available cats and kittens. Adoption hours are Monday-Saturday, 11-2, Los Pinos 7, 152-6124. For 350 pesos (which includes sterilization and vaccinations), you can take one or of our beauties home with you – we’ll waive the entertainment tax!


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