No kittens yet....

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Registered: 07-02-1999
No kittens yet....
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Thu, 03-06-2014 - 10:39am

We are heading into kitten season (I foster for a local group for those who are new here). No tinies yet, but with it being such a cold and nasty winter, babies may be showing up a little later this year. Our TNR people are in full swing too since the weather is breaking some - hope to cut those moms and dads off at the pass (so to speak).

Hope you have all survived the winter....I think our area got the 4th largest snowfall in history and holy smokes it has been cold. Supposed to be almost 50 tomorrow and that may seem tropical!

 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 03-06-2014 - 10:52am

We've had a mild winter here in SoCal, even had a period in early Feb with temps way above normal. When we  saw the vet in mid-February she was saying that kittens were already arriving then and how unusually early it was, but due to the warm weather. In the case of unwanted kittens I guess its a good thing if the cold weather postpones the females going into heat.

Do you foster more than one litter at a time? How do you keep from getting attached to them? I'm afraid that I would want to keep them all!

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Sat, 03-08-2014 - 12:30pm

I guess the kittens must be late since it was so cold.  That's good that the TNR is heading a lot of the cats off at the pass.

We haven't had too bad of a winter here.  We did get some snow early and cold weather, but for the most part it hasn't been too cold.  We are getting lots or rain though.  Yesterday was just beautiful here and we got a taste of spring, now back to rain, but mild temps.

The only thing good about the cold winter you had is that maybe a lot of fleas and parasites died and won't be too bad this year. 

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 03-12-2014 - 4:28pm
we can only hope that it works out with less of the peskie bugs....last summer was nasty
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Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 03-12-2014 - 4:31pm

I have had more than one litter at a time, but I try not to do that just due to space restrictions.

As for getting attached, I have "failed" a few times....but you have to remind yourself that if you keep them, then you take up that space for the next group you would have been able to help. And once you foster a few times, it gets easier for the most part. There are still the occasional kitten that I get attached to, but it helps that about the time they are ready to go, they hit that "active and nutty" stage and everyone is ready for a break. :)  It is all about knowing your limits and know what you can do. That being said, it is incredibly rewarding and every group out there is looking for fosters.

 

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