Cats and kittens in shelters depend on volunteers. But the coronavirus spread has stopped them from coming to shelters and rescues across the world. Without the loving hands of volunteers, cats and kittens aren’t receiving the level of socialization they were before shutdowns.

Besides the touch and cuddles given by volunteers, cats need to hear the sounds of humans moving about too. Without the volunteers, shelters and rescues have been quiet. And cats and kittens who grow used to quieter environments can turn into spooky felines once exposed to the noises of a forever home.

But Cats Protection Mitcham Homing Centre in London has found an innovative solution to breakup the sounds of silence in the cat kennels.

Cats Protection Mitcham Homing Centre/Facebook

The Centre shared on Facebook, “As our lovely volunteers cannot come in to help socialise the cats in our care we are working hard to ensure that they are all receiving enough love and suitable entertainment to keep them stimulated.”

Cats Protection Mitcham Homing Centre/Facebook

With empty halls, socialization and entertainment have gone digital with staff setting up MP3 players in the cat kennels. Not only are cats and kittens hearing the sounds of chirping birds and rainfall, but staff has also added the racket of human life into the mix. By playing noises like laughter, sneezing, and coughing, felines can become accustomed to humans though they have to stay away at the moment.

And, by including the sounds of everyday machinery, like lawnmowers and washing machines, cats can get used to sounds that might otherwise scare them once they’ve been adopted into homes.

Shelter Cats Thrive with Sound

The MP3 program seems to be a smashing success!

Jane Francis, senior cat care assistant for the Mitcham Cats Protection branch, told the BBC, “We have noticed that the cats, and especially kittens, seem to flourish and become more confident after the…

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