On 29 March, the four kittens born at Cats Protection’s Bridgend Adoption Centre turned four weeks old.
They are already starting to find their independence and their individual personalities are starting to shine through. Eira is the confident one – as soon as the pen door opens she waddles over to see what's going on. Emma is the nervous one but she is also the smallest of the four. Dewi is the laid back kitten and Daffodil is a total mummy's girl as she is often found with Daisy's paw wrapped around her for some cuddles.
|Dewi is the laid back kitten|
At three to four weeks old, kittens can start to be weaned away from their mum, so Daisy will soon be able to get some well-earned peace and quiet at meal times.
|Emma is the nervous kitten and the smallest of the four|
|Eira is the confident kitten who likes to see what's going on|
Weaning needs to be a very gradual process, so the kittens will first be given diluted kitten milk in a shallow bowl while they also continue to suckle from their mum. Then, over three to four weeks, an increasing amount of wet kitten food will be added to the milk until the kitten is eating only solid food.
|Daffodil is a mummy's girl who loves cuddles with Daisy|
Daisy’s four kittens have already started trying to get their paws on their mum’s food, so it looks like they will have no problem switching to solids. When they are eating, Daisy will be able to go into the pen above theirs for a nice break while the centre staff monitor the kittens’ progress closely to make sure they are eating well.
|Daisy is ready for a well-earned break from her kittens|
Over the next few weeks and months, we will keep you updated on Daisy’s and her kittens' progress, but if you would like to help towards the cost of her care at the Bridgend Adoption Centre then you can sign up to become a Cats Protection sponsor. Daisy is one of our many sponsor cats, so from as little as 19p a day you can sign up to help us provide her with the shelter, food, medical care and love she needs and receive regular updates about her and the other cats you are helping in return.
Alternatively, if you would like to make a one-off contribution to Daisy's care, you can donate via Bridgend Adoption Centre's Just Giving page.
Although the arrival of kittens is exciting, giving birth can be incredibly stressful for a cat and the kittens would need to find new homes, so we recommend getting them neutered from four months old. There are already thousands of cats waiting to find loving homes across the UK, so neutering is the most effective way to reduce the number of unwanted cats coming into our care. To find out more about the importance of neutering, visit the Cats Protection website.