Is it bad to split up a litter of kittens?
These kittens were abandoned and are only 4 weeks old. There are 4 boys and 1 girl. They sleep on top of each other and are very close (not to the point where they dislike us humans). We are fostering them but cannot keep them. 'm afraid that if they are split up when being adopted, it will not be good for them at all. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Sometimes with litters of two they are so close it's cruel to split them up, especially if they would be only cats after really enjoying each other's company. But for big litters they usually adapt just fine, especially if they can go in pairs or to homes with cats (or dogs) open to a newplaymate. Sometimes kittens bond too closely and use their littermates as a crutch to keep from really bonding with people. That's how I was and as soon I was sent to a separate foster home I opened right up.
Left in the group of 5 they probably won't be quite this close and snuggly when they are full grown so just focus on finding them homes where they will have some kind of good company most of the time.
Please make sure to either get them fixed before you adopt them out and have the adopters reimburse you or at least have the adopters write a surgery down payment check to the vet of their choice and have you mail it in for them so they don't contribute to overpopulation!
Teary (a.k.a "Bob"-Adopted!) answered on 9/11/11. Helpful? / 0