The Peninsula Humane Society has broken possibly its cutest record of all time.
So far this year, the animal shelter has cared for a record-breaking 235 under-aged kittens, which are typically the smallest, youngest felines that are orphaned and unable to feed themselves, according to Buffy Martin Tarbox, a Peninsula Humane Society spokesperson.
The 235 kittens were cared for in the humane society’s Kitten Nursery. Previously, the greatest number of kittens cared for in the nursery since it opened in 2008 was 204 under-aged kittens, in 2015.
“We’ve had kittens come in that are just days old,” Tarbox said. “They require round-the-[clock] feeding, like every two hours.”
The kittens are fed a “mother’s milk replacement with a bit of food, until they get to the point where they can eat on their own,” Tarbox explained.
One reason for the boost in under-aged kittens this year is that the Peninsula Humane Society accepted more kittens from shelters elsewhere in the Bay Area after reducing the number of new kittens born in the county through its spay and neuter program.
“We started then looking at other shelters that might have been overwhelmed with these teeny, tiny kittens, because they do require a tremendous amount of care and attention,” Tarbox said.
For information about pet adoption, visit www.phs-spca.org.