Henry & Harvey came into rescue at about one week old, along with their mum Hecate and brothers Herbie & Hector (all also available for adoption). They’d been born in a garden to their poor mum Hecate, only a youngster herself, but so far as we know she’d had two other litters already. Mum has had a rough time of it, and taught her kittens to be wary of humans. However these two were separated from mum at eight weeks and came to live in the main part of the house with the resident cats. Their confidence has come on in leaps and bounds and we expect that to continue.
They now happily purr and sit with me, and play and take treats. Harvey is a little more shy than Henry. It’s a delight to see how much progress they’re making though in such a short time.
They’ve had flea and worm treatment and have started their vaccinations this week. They’ll also be micorchipped before going to a new home. They’ll need to be neutered by the time they’re 6 months old. Vets vary in what age they’re ok to neuter at but all will do by 6 months.
The boys will need to stay indoors at least until they’re 6 months and neutered. After that they’ll most likely enjoy having a safe garden to explore and run off their crazy kitten energy. We do strongly recommend that cats are kept indoors over night though … especially black cats … as most accidents happen within hours of darkness.
As they’re nervous they’d probably be best suited to an adult only home with some experience of cats and the love and patience to help them settle. However we’d also be happy to consider homes with kids who are mature enough to understand their needs. They’ve been fine with the other cats here so could be happy with reasonably friendly resident cats. They’ve never met any dogs so we’re not able to say how they’d be with dogs.
We always homecheck prior to adoption, and ask a minimum donation of £70 for each kitten. There’s more about our adoption process here: http://www.8livescatrescue.org/adoption-process.html and you’ll find some more photos and stories about them (and our other cats) on our blog: https://8livescatrescue.wordpress.com/ and facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/8Lives/