Mother cat and tiny kittens at Yorkshire Cat RescueHeavily pregnant Sophie was thrown from a car window onto a golf course.  She was spotted by a member of the golf course staff and her plight was brought to our attention.   Had we been unable to take her, she would have given birth in the wild, and she and her surviving kittens would have continued to breed without control.

We placed her in one of our foster homes where she gave birth to six kittens - three boys and three girls.  Sophie and her family were cared for by our fosterer, so that they were brought up in a family situation and were confident in a normal household environment, and their health and development were monitored and managed.  

When the kittens reached 10 weeks, the whole family was returned to our centre for neutering and all were subsequently rehomed.  Our food and routine medical bills exceeded the amount we were able to charge for them by more than £300. None of this litter will ever breed, reducing the number of unwanted cats being born.

Costs - vs - income (a typical analysis) Routine costs only

Item Notes Cost per day/item Total
Food Assume 80 days 7 x £0.41 £229.60
Litter Estimate 15 bags  15 x £10 £150

4 x spay
3 x castrate

Vaccinations 7 x 2 part vaccinations £60 £420
Flea & worm treatment £20 £140
Microchipping £10 £70
Total spent £1579.60
Adoption fees received £100 adult
£115 kitten
Total received £905

A litter of big kittens at Yorkshire Cat  RescueIncome and costs will vary depending on the size of the litter and the genders of the kittens and how much non-routine vet bills will be required, however this case study gives a typical example of the costs and income.

A great deal of the work we do involves mother cats and kittens and this is a common case scenario.