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How To Help Abandoned Cats and Kittens

Updated on October 29, 2018
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I've owned pets most of my life and volunteered many hours to help others. I've written on topics regarding their welfare for over 10 years.


Abandoned Kittens and the Problems They Create

Cats rival dogs as the most popular pets. Small, relatively clean, and rather independent they make for a lower maintenance companion.

Unfortunately, there is a growing problem with cats and kittens. It's the problem of stray and abandoned animals. This large and growing problem causes a significant amount of suffering.

Learn more about it here, find out how you can help, and hear the story of my own abandoned kittens. For those of you who are trying to decide how to care for a found kitten, keep reading, there are resources below to help you out.


My Road to Kitten "Motherhood"

I grew up in rural Indiana. My mother disliked animals. She was fearful and couldn't stand the thought of touching their fur. I believe it must have been some traumatic childhood experience but she recalls none.

Anyway, despite her misgivings, we were allowed as children to have pets. I recall three dogs, three or four parakeets, a rabbit or two, and some cats. How many cats? I can't say for sure.

Like many people, our experience with cats was sporadic. While most people seem to be committed to taking their dog to the vet, getting it tags, and going to the ends of the earth to find them when lost, the same seems to be less true with cats.

Living in the country, quite some distance from most of my friends from school, pets figured highly in my social circle. They were both playmates and confidantes.

For most of my adult life, I lived in urban areas, however, and I didn't have pets. I loved the thought of having a dog, but didn't feel I had the right environment for one; little space for it to roam and my frequent absence from home. I'm allergic to cats and some other small animals making that an unattractive option.

However, early in 2006, I returned to living a rural lifestyle and fate brought changes to my life.


For those who don't live in a rural area, I can tell you that it's not uncommon for strays to show up with some degree of regularity. Certainly, pets can wander off and be unable to find their way home, but a less traveled country road seems to be a perfect spot to abandon an unwanted pet.

My husband and I take a walk every evening. Having moved to the country, this means that we stroll along country roads in more sparsely populated areas. One evening we saw what appeared to be three white rabbits hopping across a barren cornfield. As we got closer, we realized it was three kittens bounding toward a small culvert by the roadside.

There was a larger one that was bold but the other two were obviously somewhat frightened by us. After petting them we went on our way, convinced that such beautiful little kittens belonged to someone nearby. Unfortunately, the next night we noticed they were still there; and in fact, they were there again on the third night. The larger one was clearly getting more aggressive in following us and clinging to our legs; in retrospect, I realize he was trying to get us to understand that he and his smaller siblings needed help. What we had come across were three abandoned kittens left to fend for themselves when obviously they were unable to do so.

My husband and I never discussed these kittens, but on the fourth day, we both decided separately that we were going to go pick them up. Once home, they dove into the cat food like piranha and we knew we'd done the right thing.

Signs were posted to see if an "owner" would step up. We inquired with everyone we met and put an ad in the newspaper, but all to no avail. We were now "parents" for the first time. A shelter, no-kill or not, was never a consideration. These siblings had to stay together. Within seconds, we realized the three abandoned kittens had found their forever home.


So Why Are There So Many Stray Cats?

I'm certain that dogs are sometimes abandoned, that some dog owners don't get their dog fixed, take it to the vet, and so forth. In my experience, however, the general, overall level of care and concern devoted to a cat is less. It's the only way I can account for the number of stray felines and abandoned kittens that I encounter.

It seems a vicious cycle to me. Someone is given an unwanted kitten as a gift; unwanted because it was born due to a pet not being fixed. The unwanted kitten grows up, wanders away at some point and no one looks for it too hard because it's a relief from having to deal with giving away all of those kittens it keeps having.

I also think people imagine that cats, being so "independent", don't need "looking after"; we assume they can take care of themselves. They're great hunters. I think people merely misunderstand.

I've seen stray cats and abandoned kittens. They aren't thriving. They're starving. They get infected scratches, infected eyes, and other problems that make life miserable and result in a very short lifespan. I know of many rural dwellers who feed anywhere from 3 or 4 to 12-15 cats at a time just to help them survive. They show up on your doorstep at night, prowling, frightened, and desperate. I assume the younger ones don't make it that far.


The Problem with Abandoned Kittens and Stray Cats

There are a number of problems that result when there is a population of stray and feral cats.

  • It's a growing problem. It's estimated that there are well over 70 million feral cats in the US. Cats become sexually active at 6 months of age and can continue to conceive throughout their lifespan. They can have several kittens per litter and may give birth to 2-3 litters per year. If we assume half of all feral cats are female (35 million) and each could potentially have 20+ kittens per year, you can see how the number of feral cats grows immensely every single year.
  • Strays and ferals die young. The average lifespan of such animals is said to be only 3 years. For those cats that were once pets, their fate is even more doubtful. Not raised to fend for themselves they are ill-equipped to deal with life in the wild.
  • Strays can spread diseases to pets such as the feline leukemia virus which is deadly for cats. Of course, there is the risk for rabies and other diseases.
  • Strays suffer. The get frostbite, hypothermia, untreated infections, injuries, fleas, and ticks.
  • In addition, feral cats can be fearful and sometimes aggressive. They can be loud and disruptive.
  • They can kill small animals that are desirable for most homeowners.


What to Do About Abandoned Kittens and Stray Cats

The first step is prevention.

  • Cat owners should assure their cat has some form of identification and keep any necessary shots up to date. Then if found, the cat can be returned to the owner.
  • All cats should be spayed or neutered to avoid having unwanted kittens.

However, if you do find a stray cat there are things to do.

  • Anyone who finds a lost cat or abandoned kitten should realize that if it was once a pet it can probably return to that role. When such a cat is discovered, the finder can place ads in papers, post signs, have it checked for a microchip, or take the animal to a no-kill shelter for possible adoption if they don't choose to keep it themselves.

    Any animal that is friendly should be brought indoors immediately to eliminate the risk of injury or death due to attack by wild animals, dogs, etc. or being hit by a car. If a mother cat is involved it is best to interact with the kittens as much as possible to begin the socialization process. This won't prevent you from eventually turning them over to a shelter in the coming days.
  • A feral cat is a wild animal, it was probably born and has lived its life without human contact. These animals are often best trapped, neutered, and returned to their outdoor home. Such programs end the cycle by preventing the birth of more feral cats. Then by returning the cat to its outdoor home, you prevent other feral cats from replacing them and continuing to be a nuisance to you, the homeowner. Feeding a stray cat may help it survive, but TNR programs help to fight the broader issue of stray cats. The site offers tips on how to trap a stray cat.

    If you are unable to find a TNR program in your area, you can usually find a low fee spay and neuter clinic by searching online, calling the local shelter, or local veterinarians.

    Obviously, it's not wrong to help provide shelter even to a feral cat that has been returned to the area. There is very little expense required to provide an insulated shelter, water, and food when you know there is an animal in need. I'll explain in more detail below.


Sheltering a Stray Cat Without Adopting

Even if you don't want to adopt, you can help a stray cat.

  • If a cat is tame, willing to allow you to pet it, it is often best to take it to a no-kill shelter if you can't find the owner and aren't going to adopt it yourself. If shelters are full, call a veterinarian to see if he knows a rescue or shelter that could help.
  • If a cat is not tame and is too fearful to allow you to approach very closely, it is better to just provide some food, water, and shelter once you assure it is neutered.
  • A shelter can be built using large styrofoam coolers or Rubbermaid containers with a lid. Doors need to be cut and insulation provided. Inserting a styrofoam cooler inside a Rubbermaid container or cutting and using foam insulation board inside of the container will provide some protection from cold weather. A doorway will need to be cut out and some type of bedding provided. (Any bedding needs to be cleaned periodically)
  • There are heated pads, light bulb heaters, and so forth that can be added if you wish.
  • Many cats feel safer when they are higher up, so a raised platform is a possibility when locating the shelter.
  • Providing a bowl of food and some water is also important. Heated bowls are available.
  • If a stray in your area has kittens, it is best to try to get them rescued so that they can begin to be socialized and become available for adoption as a pet.

Taking Care of Abandoned Kittens or Strays You've Decided to Adopt

Sometimes, as in our case, you fall in love and decide to keep an abandoned kitten or cat you have found. Of course, you want to do what you can to find the original owner in case it has just wandered off. However, if you find yourself in the position of kitten mom or dad, there is plenty to learn to become a good caretaker.

Luckily I found many resources online to help me out.

  • has this article which covers many of the basics that you need to know for kittens that are orphaned at birth or an early age.
  • For a bit of information about some of the developmental milestones, check out this article on kitten growth and how to care for kittens at the various stages.
  • This CatHelp article covers information about developing kittens and even provides a vaccination schedule.
  • Certainly taking young cats and kittens to the vet is good to assure any problems with worms or other health problems are addressed. Shots and getting them spayed or neutered generally comes a bit later but needs to happen on time.
  • Even indoor cats should have some form of identification. Microchips are great for this as are tattoos but even a tag will help as long as the collar can release in an "emergency". With identification, a pet that wanders off can potentially be guided home by anyone who finds them.

© 2008 Ruth Coffee

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You really have some good suggestions for caring for stray cats. I have almost always had a cat and quite often dogs. There are so many stray cats anymore that you see them everywhere. I hear stories about people dumping a bag of kittens along the road occasionally. I love most pets, so I find these stories heartbreaking.

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      Leland Johnson 

      2 years ago from Midland MI

      Ruth- this is a great article. Very informative. I'm taking a lot of the tips you give here, really practical advice. We have neighborhood cats that wander around all year. The community feeds them and looks after them. Good idea about capturing, neutering and releasing.

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      7 years ago

      Thank goodness for people like you!

    • Afteretc profile image


      8 years ago

      Loved "meeting" your cats!

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      8 years ago

      Very informative. Love the photos.

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      nightbear lm 

      9 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!!! I loved it. I'm glad I was taking a ride on your neighborhood bus today and this lens is blessed!!

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      9 years ago

      I fell sorry for these Kittens.. I hope they will find a home.. poor kittens.. Thanks for sharing us, very inspiring lens..


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      9 years ago

      Awesome - I nominated if for "Lens of the Day"!

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      9 years ago

      i love your lens, your writing and your kind heart.

      my cat was once a stray kitten when he was only weeks old. I found him around my office building, and he soon grew quite attached to me. i couldn't leave hime alone any more so i took him home. now he is 2 years old, and grows into the size of a piglet.

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      9 years ago

      This is awful. I'm going to go and donate to the organisations that help prevent this now! Thanks for the informative lens!

      Buy Fear 3

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      9 years ago

      Not acceptable.

      On the average, approximately 70% of cats sent to shelters are euthanized.

      Be responsible, fix your cat,(s).

      Support organizations, like the one above to stop it.

      What a death toll. BG

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      9 years ago

      We had quite a few feral cats around here but animal control came and got them. I think you know what happened to them. We have a wonderful kitten that we found when she was just about 4 weeks old. Her mother had been killed and the rest of the litter scattered. My daughter found a few of them and got neighbors to take them in. Our little girl fell in love with people right away and has become a delightful indoor companion.

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      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a fab lens! How could Charlie's Angel fail to bless such a beautiful lens about the kittens! Thank you for all you do for them and Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      9 years ago

      It's sad that kittens get abandoned. Great lens about this issue. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Virginia Allain 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      How sad to think people discard a live animal like this. Sure wish more pet owners would spay and neuter.

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      9 years ago

      Oh me oh my! On this topic -- for shame on those people who abandon their kittens and cats. We've had SO many new ones cycling through our backyard ... the word is out that it's at our house! Love, care, attention and food! Right now, we have a couple of new ones that require immediate attention.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      @BarbRad: What we've found is that we aren't as allergic to the cats as we are to all of the stuff (pollen and so forth) that collects on their fur. Keeping them clean (wiped off at a minimum) has helped me a lot.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      10 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I stopped by to find lenses to link to from a new lens I'm writing on some abandoned kittens we found yesterday. I, too, have discovered, as I always suspected, that I'm mildly allergic to cats. I identified with much that you said.

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      10 years ago

      Great lens, very informative. I love cats so this really opened my heart. Thanks for raising awareness of abandoned kitties.

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      10 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for writing about your experience with abandoned kittens and for informing people about the problem of abandoned cats and kittens!

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      10 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very well written and informative lens and Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      10 years ago

      Thank you for such a well written and informative lens on a very important topic.

      I'd like to add that feral, stray, and abandoned cats come into conflict with wildlife to such a degree that in some countries, they are responsible for the increasingly poor nesting rates and survival of many bird species. In North America, many of our songbird species are succumbing to our environmental encroachment, as well as those of our pets.

      We tend to forget that all or wild...deserve the chance to thrive and exist.

      It really is our duty and responsibility as pet owners to provide adequate care, shelter, and medical care for our pets.....every kind of pet.

      I've seen far too many animals and birds dumped or "set free" to fend for themselves in the wild. They never do well, and most end up suffering a great deal. We shudder at animal abuse and obvious cruelty, yet so many of us are willing to forgo adequate veterinary care or simply care of our own pets in ways that ensure we are not adding to the problem.

      Five stars for a great lens!

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      admiralglass lm 

      10 years ago

      I am parent to two cats and it makes me angry to read these stories about abandoned kittens. Here in Finland lot of kittens / cats gets abandoned after summer:( Important lens and great photos 5*. Ps Both of my cats are very naughty:)

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      10 years ago from Benson, IL

      Hello and thanks for your comment on my Lens. Big Cat Rescue has a website, Primarily they help domesticated large cats that have been abused, neglected or bred for profit and they run a sanctuary for those cats. You can donate or volunteer and I think they also have internship opportunities.

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      10 years ago from Benson, IL

      Those three cats you found are very lucky (and so are you, since you got three beautiful pets out of it!) Out of our eleven cats, one was a stray that somehow found her way to our house. She's just starting to fill out-she was very skinny! Another was a big mama that one of my grandmother's friends couldn't keep, so we took her.

      One of my main concerns, too, is people who want to have the bigger varieties of cats, like lions and tigers. A lot of the time, they don't know what they're getting into, which is why my Squidoo lens supports Big Cat Rescue. This organization rescues and provides a sanctuary for large cats that have been neglected, abused, or bred for profit. I would appreciate it if you would take a look...

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      Frankie Kangas 

      10 years ago from California

      Had to visit again and read about your wonderful cats. I've added the lens to my link list on How To Choose a Cat Bed ( Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Frankie Kangas 

      10 years ago from California

      Had to visit again and read about your wonderful cats. I've added the lens to my link list on How To Choose a Cat Bed ( Bear hugs, Frankie

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      11 years ago

      They're so beautiful and lucky them for finding you! I love cats and can't think why anyone would want to do them harm. Lensrolled you to my kitty lens, Authors like Cats :) 5*

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      11 years ago

      Our newly adopted cat, Ghost, was a stray before going to the Humane Society. We can tell she had a hard life and although she likes to sit outside, she does not leave the yard. No more of the wild life for her, she says.. I lived in the country for many years and also had stray cats show up. Thank you for this wonderful story.

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      11 years ago

      Sadly with this recession I fear there will be even more abandoned kittens and other pets. Very informative lens, kudos to you. 5 stars.

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      Andrea RM 

      11 years ago

      Love your lens! I have a foundling that stole my heart away almost 10 years ago, and I've never regretted having picked him up :)

      I have to agree with you in saying that cats seem to get much less care and attention than dogs, which is really heart-wrenching. Cats are such wonderful creatures! Thanks for writing about this.

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      Wendy Henderson 

      11 years ago from PA

      I love this lens. What a great story about your love for your cats.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      11 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      My companion, Vladimir (/crazycats), has asked me to pass on his good wishes to your own companions. And to yourself!

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      11 years ago

      Excellent lens. I have 5 cats, all adopted from local animal shelters. I did have all them microchipped. Don't know what I would do without them!

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      SaraMu LM 

      11 years ago

      The number of stray cats is just mind blowing. Great lens and thanks for bringing attention to this important issue.

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      Missy Zane 

      11 years ago

      What a beautiful story! Hugs to your kitties and thank you for telling your readers about trap/neuter/return

    • SylvianeNuccio1 profile image


      11 years ago

      Beautiful, beautiful lens. I love cats so much I've written 2 lenses about cats myself. Thanks and 5 stars to you.

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      11 years ago

      We own 2 previous strays and they are the best pets. Great lens!

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      11 years ago from Massachusetts

      We had a stray cat come to our home a long time ago, and to a house that was full of cat haters. It was pouring rain and the cat kept meowing at our door, it was just a kitten, so we let it stay in the barn and we fed it. After a while, it grew on everyone. We had that cat for 14 years and have had many more. Excellent work on this lens.

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      11 years ago from Canada

      Very touching lens - 5* and lensrolled into Lion Cut Himalayan Cat!

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      11 years ago

      We had at least two cats that were strays, and one we bought from a shelter at different times. One cat just started showing up, and stayed with us for around 13 years, until sadly she had to be put down due to serious illness. The other stray is still with my parents now, another that just started showing up as a small and thin kitten. The cat we bought left after about 5 years. It was when one of my sisters was born, and when let out, she would no longer come back. We went to find her and we eventually found out another resident was giving her food (bacon!), they were a little older so we let them keep her. I would see her from time to time in the neighbourhood, I was greeted by her and she would come for a little attention, she still seemed to be well kept for a few years after that. It is interesting that all of these cats were female.

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      11 years ago

      I also live in a more rural area. The amount of cats dumped literally in my front yard every year boggles me.There have been 2 litters born on my porch, and all of the dumped and strays have been spayed/neutered. I'm currently feeding 10, 7 of which are related to each other, 2 siblings, and a singleton. Hopefully no more will show up for a while!

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      11 years ago

      We moved into a neighborhood once that had a feral cat colony of about 20 cats - all because a woman down the street had died two years earlier, leaving three unspayed/unneutered cats to roam the neighborhood, and they started multiplying. We trapped, neutered and released some, adopted out a few that were friendly (the original pets) and ended up euthanizing some that weren't in good condition. If only the original owner had spayed/neutered her pets...

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      11 years ago from Royalton

      Our home never feels complete without a cat or a kitten. Our latest kitten was born under some bushes between apartment houses and will be fixed in a couple of weeks. It feels good to help a stray kitten find a home.

      Her mother has now been fixed and her brothers now have homes.

      Loved reading about John, Paul, and George.

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      11 years ago

      OMG - This is, to date, my favourite lens. How beautiful! I'm in love with Georgie :)

      This was a joy to read, thank you

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      Laraine Sims 

      11 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have been reading some of your fans comments and found it amazing that a lot of kittens adopted their owners. All of our cats have adopted us too. As far as I remember only one of the cats we have owned we chose. I enjoyed your lens. 5*s.

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      11 years ago

      Our cat was thrown into an empty garbage dumpster in an apartment complex when she was a kitten. Since the dumpster was empty she had no way to escape. I noticed her face peeking through the plastic bags she was hiding under and my husband and I climbed in to pull her out. She was so malnourished and dehydrated that the vet said she probably wouldn't make it through another day. She is now almost 19 years old and a beloved member of our family. As she grows old and has become weaker I am often reminded of the condition we found her in. I adore you for making this lens about a topic that is dear to my heart. Thank you. :)

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      11 years ago

      What beautiful pictures and a lovely story. I have a friend who adopted one cat and soon found herself with 4 kittens!

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      11 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Beautiful pictures and a beautiful lens. We have a kitten who has adopted us. She has one blue eye and one green eye and is solid white. Our other cats don't like her so not sure what we will do. We will either keep her or find her a good home. I enjoyed your lens.

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      11 years ago

      I like this lense =]

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      The Homeopath 

      11 years ago

      The new kittens are finally settling in here - my mom is adopting 2 of them when they're a bit older, and 2 will stay here with us forever!! They're so active and crazy - WOAH.

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      11 years ago

      Mulberry, Sweet Abandoned Kittens lens. Bless you for creating it and doing such a nice job. Animal lovers rule :) I've rescued several cats over the years. I currently have three. ~Music Resource~

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      11 years ago

      Bless your heart! What a great story! I am so glad you guys took the kitties. I am lensrolling this also to Lucky's lens. I entered Lucky in a contest here: activist-animal-contest

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      11 years ago

      Georgie on the fence post is precious.

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      The Homeopath 

      11 years ago

      I've got a litter of 4 abandoned barn kittens taking over my home at the moment. They're makeing life interesting to say the least.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you so much for this lens. My daughter brought a dog from Spain, which she found on the street. You have to know, there are a lot of dogs living in the streets.

      Therefore I can understand you very well.

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      11 years ago

      They are beautiful. I will have to make a lens about my kitties. Our kittens came to us because the mom was abandoned and she came into our house to have the kittens. She had five and we found homes for two of them. We currently have four cats. I had one before and we have three kittens remaining. The mother cat took off a few weeks ago.

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      11 years ago

      My kitty, Mascara, was abandoned with her littermates behind the school. She was so small I had to feed her with a dropper. She's grown since then and has taken over as "head of the household". I love my kitty.

      Great lens.


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      11 years ago

      I love cats and dogs. My family has successfully owned both at the same time in the past. I can't imagine owning pets if I had allergies to them, kudos to you and your husband for not letting that get in the way. John, Paul and Georgie certainly look like a great addition to the family!

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      Paula Atwell 

      11 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I am really a cat person, not a dog person. It is hard to know that so many animals are strays and go feral.

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      Frankie Kangas 

      11 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for this wonderful lens. As a cat lover who rescues and fosters cats (and has 9 indoor cats -- no that's not a typo -- and 3 FIV cats in our double-double garage) I really appreciate your information. The more awareness we can raise, the fewer abandoned and feral cats there will be. And the more love and care cats will get.

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      11 years ago

      Awww aren't they beautiful? and don't they look like each other. I have a brother and sister cat and I love to watch them together.

      How anyone can neglect or abandon a pet is beyond me. Cats are beautiful and spiritual creatures and quite independent really. To neglect or abandon them is unforgivable.

      A heart warming Lens! 5 star and lensrolled :)


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      Katherine Tyrrell 

      11 years ago from London

      Love the names!

      I'm approving this lens for group

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      11 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Lovely lens. We have four cats, two of which came to us as strays - and they couldn't be more loving. 5*s for you.

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      11 years ago

      Feral cats are an increasing problem in the UK as well and rescue organisations are overflowing with unwanted cats and kittens. I get really cross about it!

      This is a lovely lens. We used to have cats but sadly as they have died we have not been able to replace them. Our puppy accepted the ones that were here before her, but she would never accept a newcomer now. On the plus side we have far more birds visiting and nesting in our garden than we used to have. But it is hard to say no when the girls ask if we can have another cat!

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      11 years ago

      Your story about adopting the three kittens actually brought a tear to my eye. I love cats and it's brilliant that those three found a home with you! An excellent lens and one which is most definitely deserving of a 5 star favourite. Lovely pictures/stories about your cats, and I found the whole lens to be incredibly interesting. I hate the thought of cats being neglected and as a great lover of cats I'd never commit such a horrible act as to abandon a cat of any age myself! My eldest is 21 now; she gets ill from time to time and we worry quite considerably, she's a trooper though and still fighting on. She was adopted actually; originally she was mistreated and taken in, then she found a new home in Oxford and often used to spend her time next door with my grandparents, and then as her owners were moving to a new top storey flat; we had her and she's been happily living here ever since. She went missing after a couple of days, found her way home eventually with barky paws though!

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      11 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I always keep my old dog crate, covered, outside in the winter so they have somewhere to get out of the cold.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens. I love cats and got my first cat when I was 14. It was a stray kitten. I named her Cinnamon. It's a huge problem with both cats and dogs alike. For some reason, people just don't spay and neuter. And cats are such efficient hunters that they can turn ferral so easily. People want kittens. But kittens grow up to be cats. 5*s lens and a blessing!


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