June is National Adopt a Cat Month
Did you know that 56% of the animals we rescued in 2019 were cats? Our cat adoption center staff cares for more than 200 cats daily. Currently, we have nearly 50 cats ready for adoption and, in the next few weeks, 89 foster kittens will be joining them on the floor!
All month, we’ll be increasing our efforts to find many of the cats in our care furever homes and we’d love your help! Follow us on social media all through June to learn about the cats in our care and how to adopt them.
June 19, 2020
Did you know that a female cat can get pregnant at just 4 months old?
Kitten season generally begins in the spring and may last through summer. It’s the busiest time of year for our cat adoption center and so many others, which is why June is National Adopt a Cat Month. All through June, shelters across the US increase their efforts to find many cats and kittens in their care furever homes.
This year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, our volunteer foster parents have accumulated nearly 5,000 hours of dedicated animal care. This year alone, approximately 93 kittens have been successfully adopted, and we receive calls and messages about found cats/kittens daily.
Currently, we have about 100 kittens in our care, and we estimate that about 90% of the cats/kittens we take in have injuries and/or health issues which must be addressed immediately by our clinic staff.
Within the past two weeks, we have accepted two sets of litters with serious injuries and health issues. Today, we’d like to share these stories with you.
A litter of 9 kittens was found and surrendered to us by a community member. All of the kittens have severe upper respiratory infections. Many of them were severely emaciated and unable to see because their eyes were closed shut and swollen.
These kittens are being closely monitored and receiving extra care and attention. Once their eyes improve, we’ll be able to determine if eye surgery is necessary.
This litter first consisted of two kittens, found by a family who visited our facility to surrender them. Unfortunately, we were at capacity at the time, so we suggested they reach out to local animal control agencies for assistance.
When the family was returning to their car, which was located in our parking lot at the time, a passerby asked them if they had kittens in their car. The passerby heard meowing coming from the family's car and wanted to make sure the kittens were safe.
This is when the family realized a kitten was trapped under their hood.
With the help of CCSPCA, our animal care staff was able to retrieve the third kitten and all three kittens were transferred to our clinic for immediate medical attention.
Sadly, the kittens suffered injuries from being trapped under the hood, an unusual thing to occur in the summertime. This behavior is mostly common in the winter.
In addition to the injuries caused by the car, we determined the kittens were suffering from skin infections. They are currently on antibiotics and being tested for ringworm.
“We need to let people know that there is a reason why we stress that spaying/neutering is so important. There’s no reason why these babies have to go through any of this. It’s a painful start to their innocent little lives.”
-Maritza Lopez, Valley Animal Center Cat Care Supervisor
To help our cat adoption center care for these kittens and other cats/kittens in their care, please consider donating today! We are in immediate need of assistance!
To view a video of these kittens, CLICK HERE.
Jaime has found his furever home!
Did you recently adopt a kitten/cat into your family? It’s im-purr-tant to remember that it may take a few days to weeks until your new furry friend adjusts to their new home! Here are 4 tips that'll help with the transition:
- Set up a smaller area in your home where your cat can call its own during the first few days, whether it’s a laundry room, bathroom, sectioned-off play-pen, etc. Transitioning to an unfamiliar area may be a little intimidating at first for your new friend.
- Expect your feline friend to be scared at first; this is okay. Monitor their eating/litterbox usage for the first few days. They may be reluctant to eat at first, but as they get comfortable, they’ll get into a normal eating schedule.
- Provide a place for your cat to scratch – a scratching post, a corrugated cardboard, etc. Sprinkle a bit of catnip to encourage your kitty to scratch there instead of your furniture!
- Most important of all, remember to be patient with your cat. Do not forcibly pry or remove your cat from their carrier when you get home; let them come out when they’re ready. When introducing your new fur-baby to other pets, people, or small children, begin with supervised visits that allow your cat to explore and say “Hello” on their terms.
Learn why it costs $90 to adopt a cat/kitten at Valley Animal Center. You'll realize it's a purr-fectly reasonable cost!
Descubra por qué cuesta $90 para adoptar un gato/gatito en el Valley Animal Center. ¡Te darás cuenta de que es un costo razonable!