what is kitten season?
During the spring cats are more actively seeking a mate and going into heat more regularly. Un-spayed female cats begin having kittens in central Georgia as early as the end of February. The shelter suddenly gets over run with pregnant or nursing mothers and orphaned kittens. We affectionately call this time of the year kitten season.
How You Can Help
If you’d like to take a stand against the animal overpopulation problem, especially during kitten season, here’s how you can help:
- Spay and neuter your cats, even if they never go outdoors. As soon as a kitten is 2 months old and weighs 2 pounds, he or she can safely be altered.
- Donate funds, supplies and time.
- Volunteer to bottle-feed homeless kittens for your local rescue or shelter. Although it’s a lot of work, the sight of a tiny kitten sucking milk out of a baby bottle is the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.
- Volunteer If possible, take an entire litter. Better yet, foster hard-to-place adult cats, who seldom get adopted during kitten season.
- Practice TNR (trap, neuter, return) with feral cat colonies, which means trapping them, having them spayed or neutered and vaccinated, and then returning them to their habitats. The life of a feral cat is pretty dismal, but at least she won’t create more feral cats.
- Adopt your own cat, especially an adult one. If you opt for kittens, keep in mind that 2 are better than 1. Not only will they keep each other company, but they will delight you with their antics. See FOPAS Adorable Adoptables
One of the best ways to help is to spread the word about the importance of spaying or neutering cats. The best argument I’ve found is this: You might think having “just 1 litter” isn’t that much of a problem, but if even 1 female cat is left intact, she and her offspring can produce thousands of cats. Yikes!
Want to learn how to care for Orphaned kittens
The Kitten lady has offered a wonderful guide on how to care for orphaned kittens you can order one or see the free PDF download. We have copies available at FOPAS for anyone who is interested in fostering during kitten season.
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