Staff at the Toronto Humane Society will need to wait a few more days to ensure the kittens rescued from a plastic bag earlier this week have not contracted any serious illnesses.
Ten kittens were heard crying inside a No Frills bag close to Vaughn Rd. and Oakwood Ave. on April 22. Their umbilical cords were still attached when they were found. One kitten has since died, but a spokesperson for the Humane Society is hopeful the remaining nine will survive.
"They've been OK, their weight is balancing out and they seem to be strong and active," said Ian McConachie. "It's too early to tell if there are any serious problems."
Each kitten weighed between 101 and 118 grams when they were found and estimated to be three or four days old. McConachie said they'll need to put on a lot more weight before staff will know if they are developing properly. "The two- and three-week mark will be a milestone," he said. In the meantime, the kittens are being fed supplements and nursing from two cats at the Humane Society shelter.
McConachie said several people have inquired about adopting the kittens, including the man who found them. However, the kittens need to be eight weeks old and weigh 800 grams before they can be leave the society.
Two thousand kittens go through the kitten nursery each year, and many of them end up in permanent homes, said McConachie. The Toronto Humane Society recommends having cats spayed or neutered, keeping kittens with their mother for eight weeks so they can nurse before surrendering them to the society, and, if for some reason the mother cat cannot nurse, speaking to a veterinarian about bottle-feeding the kittens.
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