Kitten Rehoming Service

In short:

Pet Connection takes unwanted kittens from members of the public and finds new homes for them. We routinely flea and worm them as soon as they come in. The re-homed kittens are free, but we do charge £4.00 for the flea and worming treatment received. In addition, we insist that each kitten leaves with a bag of food especially formulated for kittens - the cost of this bag is £6.99, meaning that each kitten rehomed will cost £10.99 to pay for the food and treatment.

More detail:

In 2003, Millvale Animal Sanctuary asked if we could help them re-home kittens as they had over 90 in need of new homes. This is how our kitten re-homing service was born.

Over the years, more and more people learned about our service and the numbers of kittens coming through the shop grows each year.

We now rehome kittens for the public and on behalf of local sanctuaries.

If you have kittens that you need re-homing:

We can take kittens from 8 weeks old but they do need to be healthy, tame and well handled.

During kitten season (April - September), demand for the service is very high so people need to put their names on our waiting list and we will contact you when space becomes available. Just telephone the shop on 028 308334858 and let us know your details, name, telephone number, how many kittens, what colours they are and when they will be eight weeks old.

When we have available space, we will contact you and ask you to bring your kittens in. Sometimes people are phoned within a few days of the kittens turning eight weeks old but, at times, it may be a few weeks before we are able to take them.

All providers of kittens are encouraged to get their cats neutered and spayed. Help with the cost of this is sometimes available through the Cats Protection League. Details can be obtained from the shop or from your local vets.

If you would like to adopt a kitten:

During kitten season, on most days, we have a selection of kittens to choose from in the shop. If there are no kittens on site, we will take your telephone number and contact you when kittens do come in.

All responsibility for the kitten's welfare transfers to the new owner upon receipt of the kitten. If problems do arise soon after re-homing, we would appreciate you letting us know as we can then contact the original owners to let them know. Most kittens don't have health problems but some of the problems that may be encountered include cat flu and ringworm. Ringworm was very common in 2009 but we have seen very little of it in the last few years. Unfortunately, another, more serious disease is now in the Newry & Mourne area - feline parvovirus, or feline panleukopenia virus . This is extremely dangerous and will often cause fatalities in young kittens. Please get your pets vaccinated to protect them. If you would like more details about the above, please just ask a member of our staff.

We ask that adopters have their kittens neutered before the age of 6 months, and it is recommended to keep them indoors until they are neutered.

Items you will need when adopting a new kitten:

  • Litter tray, liner and a scoop (even 8 week old kittens use these, much easier than toilet training a puppy)
  • Cat litter - staff can help you choose which litter to choose from.
  • Kitten Food - both dry kibble and wet food are now recommended for cats. This mixed diet helps to ensure healthy kidneys.
  • Bowls - one for water and one for food.
  • Worming syrup - (we will have given the kitten the first dose, but this needs to be continued every two weeks until 12 weeks of age)
  • Kitten collar with bell
  • Kitten toys
  • Kitten bed - kittens need their own bed, placed in a position out of draughts and where they can have some privacy. They like to feel warm and safe and they also like their bed to have a snug backing to mould into. Don't be tempted to buy a bed that is too big, it is better to have a bed that suited to their small size and to consider buying a bigger bed in a few months when they grow.
  • Kitten treats
  • Preventative flea treatment - from 12 weeks of age.
  • Cat scratcher - (this will help to save your furniture)
  • Cat litter tray freshening powder
  • Grooming brush - (especially important for long haired kittens)

How to choose a name:

Research reflects that cats find it easier to hear names consisting of one or two syllables and they react especially well to names ending with 'ie' or 'y' e.g. Sooty or Lucky.