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Battersea Kitten Ward at Breaking Point

16 July 2014
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

UK - In the past three weeks, Battersea Dogs and Cats home has taken in 107 stray or unwanted kittens under 12 weeks old – a staggering 91 per cent increase on the same period last year.

The maternity ward has 16 postnatal pens – which are smaller to make mothers feel secure – but mums and feline orphans have now spilled over into a total of 24 pens in the London cattery.

Sakura Anderson, Cattery Team Leader, said: “Our cattery has turned into a kitten orphanage over the last three months because there are so many abandoned mums and babies arriving at our doors. From April to September we’re normally very busy with litters because the warmer weather brings out cats’ instincts to mate.

"However, due to London’s high population of unneutered cats, we’ve now been stretched to breaking point and our maternity ward is overflowing. We’re making sure the new mums have all the privacy and space they need, but they’re now taking over pens reserved for strays and older cats.”

Battersea cares for around 250 cats across its three centres at any one time and rehomes across the UK.

kittenTheir staff will look to rehome kittens at nine weeks old, once they have been neutered, fully vaccinated and microchipped.

The Kitten Shower on Thursday 24 July, from 10.30am to 2pm, is to mark all the kittens’ safe arrivals and let animal lovers meet some of its furry residents.

The Kitten Shower will have kitten crèches where people can book to play with the kittens and learn about the importance of caring for your pet from Battersea’s cat experts.

Sakura added: “Our Kitten Shower event couldn’t have come at a better time, it’s vital that we show animal lovers how many homeless cats and kittens there are looking for homes and how important it is to neuter your cat so we can reduce the growing population of unwanted animals.”

A whole host of activities will be on offer at the Kitten Shower including a chance to name some new arrivals and lots of activities for ‘human’ youngsters including arts, crafts and games.

Tickets for the Kitten Shower are £5 for an adult, £3 for children under 16 and children under three-years-old can visit the event for free.

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