Socialing feral kittens takes a lot of work, patience, heart, and is key to turning them into sweet, adoptable felines.
Last month a very young mother cat was brought in with her 4 babies. The kittens could not be handled whatsoever; getting them out of their carrier was a challenge. Once the kittens had some time to adapt to AG, a few of us would go in and “try” to pet them and show them some love. We were greeted with growls, hisses, and the occasional swipe.
Then, we had a client whose daughter asked to volunteer and thus Anna slowly but surely became not only the kitten’s surrogate mother, but the mama cat also started showing interest in her.
At 13, Anna has been an excellent kitty socializer! She spends up to 3 hours with the kittens (5 days a week). She started off slowly by staying in their area, and as each one started progressing, she started new techniques. Little by little the once fearful kittens started purring and actually like to be held!
Over the last two weeks, she has brought them into “general population” with our other house cats, and they have taken over! They run constantly, jump, and play fight each other. If you are fast enough, you can even hold one and give him/her a good cuddle.
When the kittens see Anna they instantly know that fun times are ahead; the mama cat even ran out today when her door opened. The next goal is to get the kittens used to being in a cage up front, where potential adopters can see them. We have the right person in charge of these babies and seeing their progress has truly been inspirational!
Thank you for all your hard work, Anna. You have made a tremendous difference with these babies!
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