The Clifton Times Pet(s) of the Week - Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!
Meet some of the kittens looking for their forever homes through the Clifton Animal Shelter! They are fully vetted, have their first vaccines, and will be spayed and neutered and given the appropriate boosters and vaccines once they get a little older. The shelter works with adopters to make sure that the kittens get the care they need to finalize their vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries. Check out their Petfinder profiles HERE
Kitten season may sound like a magical time when tiny fluffy kittens drift from the skies in a flurry of glitter and rainbows but in fact, the months between March and October can be very hard for shelters and rescuers. Longer days, better weather, and more access to food mean higher survival rates for the offspring of many species. Unlike other animals, cats can keep on reproducing, having litter after litter right up until the weather turns cold again, leaving rescuers scrambling to find fosters, medical care, and homes for these cute little kittens.
For more on kitten season, and how you can help, please see HERE. To help stem the tide of kitten overpopulation, the State of New Jersey offers programs to spay or neuter your cats HERE. To see how quickly a female cat can reproduce, please see HERE.
The shelter likes to place two kittens together because, despite the common belief that cats are solitary animals, they’re actually very social beings who thrive when they have feline friends from an early age. Left alone, a single cat can develop behavioral problems, and in some cases, even show signs of depression. Cats in bonded pairs are more likely to be better adjusted. Much of this comes from how the two interact and share day-to-day activities, like eating and playing together, and finding comfort in each other. Having two cats isn’t extra work, as they share toys, a water dish, and a dry food dish, though the shelter recommends having two separate wet bowls.
If you have space to bring a sweet ball of love or two into your home and give them the loving start they deserve, please fill out the adoption application at the Clifton Animal Shelter and someone will contact you to discuss and answer any questions that you may have, and to set up a time to come in to meet them. The shelter does this to ensure that the environment is calm and conducive to having potential adopters get a good sense of the personality of the companion animal, and so they aren’t subjecting them to unnecessary stress. The shelter is located in the City Hall Complex at 900 Clifton Avenue in Clifton (shelter phone number: (973) 470-5936)).
The Clifton Animal Shelter has many wonderful cats and kittens in need of homes, ready to bring lots of love and joy to your home. Check out their page on Petfinder to see their sweet faces.