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What to do with a clowder of 2 cat co-mamas and 10 kittens?

2 queen cats and 10 kittens lie on a bed cat-happy
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Earlier this year (2019) a member of the public handed two queen cats and ten kittens to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Florida. Read on to discover how the two feline mums helped each other to manage the crèche.  

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 08/04/2019, 11:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:50

Staff of the HSTB were concerned about their ability to manage the latest additions to their cared-for animals. Two adult female cats and ten small kittens not yet weaned would prove to be a handful. The HSTB cared for the queens and their litters as best they could but it was clear that more human help was needed to ensure that each animal received the attention it needed.

The Society contacted Big Cat Rescue: a Floridian sanctuary dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. BCR not only cares for big cats, its army of volunteers also ensures the health and wellbeing of domestic cats when the need arises.

BCR took charge of the clowder and gave volunteer intern Tanya Chute the responsibility for their care.

How to tell them apart?

According to Cole and Marmalade, ‘Tanya happily introduced each little baby, making sure to check her cheat sheet for the 5 all black kittens!!! They had to have their baby claws painted a different color to tell them apart’.

The kittens continue to grow, and the work of the BCR is ceaseless. Once the kittens are old enough they will be put up for adoption. You can read all about the ten kittens (Camille, Cassius, Chive, Chad, Chandler, Channing, Chula, Cordelia, Chase, and Chester) and their mums if you visit the website of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

The HSTB is a shelter for homeless and poorly cats and dogs. It relies on charitable donations to keep going and it will always welcome support from around the world. Get in touch with them today.

2 Cats + 10 Kittens = Super Cute!!

Two mommy cats were turned in to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, each with a litter of kittens they are co-parenting. They are the cutest little blended family!!

Posted by Big Cat TV on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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