Here we go again. It’s kitten season and shelters are bursting at the seams with cats and kittens. Most will be euthanized. Countless others will remain homeless, enduring litter after litter. Kittens as young as four month old can reproduce. It doesn’t have to be this way. All we need to do is spay/neuter and adopt.
Of course you know all this but many don’t.
Please share this message and image I created. If even one person sees it and decides to spay/neuter, it’s like saving thousands of kitty lives. The image was inspired by a vintage photo of a cat lady from a hundred years ago. Those who subscribe to our Friday Photo Quote, already enjoyed a entirely different version yesterday. I’ll also post the image separately on Facebook for those who prefer to share images only. All the subscribe and follow buttons are at the bottom of the page. Purrs of thanks!
Why is it called kitten season?
Cats are polyestrus, meaning they can go into heat several times a year. In the U.S. and Canada, breeding season begins in early spring and ends in late autumn. The gestation period is about 64 days, so shelters begin seeing an increase of kittens in spring with a gradual decrease by winter. With cats getting pregnant as early as four months and able to have two or three litters a year of several kittens each time. It adds up fast. During kitten season, shelters struggle to maintain needed resources with the extra intake load. It’s why many shelters and rescue groups hold fundraisers during the spring and summer. The extra kittens are cute making it harder for the older cats to be adopted.
There are low-cost spay/neuter options in every city. Find the one nearest you by entering your zipcode.
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