Raising orphans

Apologies for the lack of blog posts recently, there hasn’t been a lot of time to get out and about and take photographs as you will see I have had my hands rather full in the past week!

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I have been hand rearing this litter of three adorable orphaned kittens for my local branch of the Cats Protection League for which I volunteer. The kittens were handed over at barely three weeks of age after their mother disappeared. Whether she abandoned them or was otherwise unable to get back to her kittens we don’t know.

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Luckily spending the first crucial days under their mother’s expert care has given them the best start possible and they appear to be strong and healthy kittens, however they will certainly let you know when they are hungry!

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In between lots of sleeping they require round the clock care which doesn’t stop at just bottle-feeding. The kittens also need a lot of love and attention which they would usually be getting from their mother, as well as the occasional bath (they won’t master the art of using a litter tray for around a little while yet!)

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The babies have now been with me for a week and although they are exhausting it is a wonderful experience watching them develop each day, not only are they growing fast but starting to develop the skills they will need in adulthood.

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Just in the last day or so they have begun to play with each other, groom themselves (albeit rather awkwardly) and have had their first taste of solid food, with mixed and messy results!

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If you are looking to bring a kitten into your home please don’t buy from breeders or online advertisements, why not consider a rescue kitten instead!

Visit your local Cats Protection to find out more.


All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2016 ©
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