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Adopting a Family of Cats

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

If you are feeding a feral cat and she has kittens, you may decide that you want to adopt the whole family. Here are some suggestions. Wait until the kittens are about 5 or 6 weeks old, then get a cat carrier and a pair of rubber gloves. Carefully see if you could get the kittens into a carrier. You may have to catch one or two at a time. Take them to the vet for a checkup and get them their shots. ¬†You can call your local shelter and ask them to borrow a trap to catch the mom. Once you catch her, see if you can get her in a carrier and take her to the vet for a thorough checkup. You want to make sure the kittens and their mother are healthy and get them spayed or neutered. Your vet will also want to vaccinate the mother before spaying her. Set up a place in your home to keep mom and the kittens. Feral cats could take a while to socialize, so take your time and be patient. Set up a litter box and show the new family where it is. After the mother cat is spayed, you can schedule the kittens for neutering or spaying once they are about 4 months old. You’ll now have a family of wonderful companions. You may choose to put some of them up for adoption. Make sure they go to a good home.

Remember, pets are family!

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