Spring is kitten season and many of the unwanted or discarded kittens have luckily found their refuge at the Bonaire Animal Shelter. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a kitten or kittens now is the time. The Shelter has a veritable supermarket of kittens! You name it, they’ve got it! Boys, girls; long hair, short hair; short, tall; tabby, black, black and white, orange, grey, calico, white and black and every color combination in between. The 19 kittens (yes, you read it right, 19!) range from five weeks to five months and all are loving, social and healthy. In addition to the little ones, there are also 14 terrific adult cats that are looking for a loving home. If a kitten is what you are looking for, and you don’t have other cats, you should consider adopting two kittens or a kitten and an adult cat.
Young kittens need a lot of attention and activity to help them develop into a good companion, both physically and psychologically. Having a playmate or role model keeps them occupied and entertained. If you are not at home for most of the day, a single new kitten or cat will become lonely and bored which leads to mischievous activity like shredded curtains and furniture. In addition, just as it often happens with humans, lonely, isolated cats tend to become shy and reclusive and don’t make for particularly good companions.
However, if you have your heart set on a single cat, there are several adult cats at the Shelter that prefer the company of humans to other cats. Just ask the Shelter staff for a suggestion as to which cats would enjoy being a single cat home. If there’s a certain cat or kitten you are looking for, now is the time to visit the Shelter and browse the “cat supermarket.”
To meet the kittens visit the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Jane Madden, Bonaire Reporter– April 29-May 13, 2011