We know being able to quickly intake a litter, especially when kitten season rolls around, is really important for many shelters and rescues. If a mom came in with her litter, you can include the mom as part of the litter.
Note: Parents of litters are included as part of the litter. You are welcome to distinguish them by editing their name, e.g. Princess (mom).
In this article, we'll walk you through the different ways you can create a litter or mark an animal as part of a litter:
- When you want to intake littermates all together at once
- When one animal in the litter has already been created and you'd like to create a litter with other littermates
- When you'd like to add littermates to an existing litter
1: When intaking all littermates together at once
If you'd like to intake an entire litter together at once, you'll see a "Create Litter" option immediately after you complete the first intake.
When you click, "Create Litter", you'll see the below field to enter the number of littermates you'd like to intake. You can either type the number or use the arrows that will appear on the right side of the box, and then click "Intake Litter Now". That will take you right into the intake form for the next littermate.
2: When one littermate has already been created
If you have a record for one littermate already created, you can create a litter and add littermates from that first existing record.
On the Medical tab of the animal's record, you'll see a blue "Create Litter" button on the Medical Summary subtab.
When you click this button, you'll be asked how many littermates you'd like to create. You can either type a number in or use the arrows on the right side of the field to enter the correct number.
Clicking "Intake Litter Now" will direct you right to the intake form for the first littermate. This form will have several prefilled fields based on what was entered for the very first littermate's record. This is meant to help make the form a little faster to complete. These prefilled fields can, of course, be edited.
If you indicated that you'd like to create more than one littermate, you'll see the below after you submit the form for each littermate. The "Next Littermate" button will take you right into the form for the next littermate to complete.
Once you've completed the forms for all the littermates, you'll see this success message and an option to view the entire litter in one place.
3: Adding to an existing litter
If a litter has already been started and you'd like to add more littermates to that litter, you can do so via the litter's page.
You can get to the litter's page by finding one of the littermates (either from the main Animals tab or via the search bar), and click on the small, black litter icon:
Clicking this icon will take you to a page that looks like this:
Clicking the "Add to this litter" button will trigger this pop-up that asks you which existing littermate you would like to clone to start the intake form for the new littermates (this will just pre-fill some fields in the intake form for you based on which littermate you select to clone) and the number of littermates.
From there, you'll be taken right into the intake form for the new littermates. When the intake forms for the new littermates are completed, the new littermates will display on the litter page with the rest of the existing littermates.