THANKFULLY there was room at the inn when a desperate family of 10 kittens and their mother sought shelter at the Cat Haven in Shenton Park on Christmas Eve.
Cat Haven staff found 10 “hot and hungry” kittens dumped in a cardboard box at the Haven’s doorstep on December 24.
Marketing officer Chandra Woodley said the mother cat had chewed her way out of the box and was waiting patiently at the door when staff arrived.
They named the mother Mary and some of her kittens Joseph, JC, Frankie, Murr, Goldie and Beth in keeping with the Christmas nativity story.
“We think there may have been another mother cat as the kittens are slightly different ages and there are just too many kittens for one mum cat to feed, so they were pretty hungry when we found them,” Ms Woodley said.
“Sadly, they were dumped on the doorstep in a box rather than in the amnesty cages at our door where there is shade, food and water ready – it was just too hot for them without water.
“But they are being looked after at Cat Haven and their health is being monitored, and they will hopefully be adopted out quickly when they are old enough.”
Ms Woodley said this was the height of kitten season and many mother cats and kittens have been dumped all over the Perth metro area in parks, industrial areas and laneways.
“Cat Haven is very full even now, with over 330 cats on site and another 500 cats and kittens in foster care that will be returning to Cat Haven soon,” she said.
“We are urgently calling for temporary foster carers who can take on some kittens for just a month or so, to look after them until they’re old enough for adoption, or adult cats to give them a break from the shelter.
“Often older cats are overlooked at this time of year as kittens are so very appealing and even the most adorable adult cats are left at Cat Haven in their pens for far too long, getting depressed and frustrated so we are encouraging people to come and see some of our teenagers and older cats for adoption too.”
The Cat Haven in Shenton Park is open every day these holidays.