Kitten Season Explodes & Caturday Art Blog Hop

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!

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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.

 

The Caturday art blog hop is on at AthenaCatGoddess. Hop on over to see this week’s creative efforts. 

 

19 thoughts on “Kitten Season Explodes & Caturday Art Blog Hop”

  1. I put my zip in and the first ones listed were in NY. I did notice that there are none I can get to without a car not that TW would need them. Also the TNR she works with has a van that once a month picks up strays to be neutered. Great post.

  2. It is such an important message, but unfortunately some people take no notice no often how often you tell them. I have a friend with three cats, the two females are spayed the male is entire. Her husband says it is not natural to castrate and I told him the cat is fathering countless kittens. His reply, “It’s not my problem”. I told him exactly what I thought of him and now my (ex) friend no longer speaks to me. It is no loss as she is just as bad as he is for for supporting him.

  3. It can never,never be said enough. Sometimes I think we need campaigns that are more graphic and brutally honest in what they depict in relation to cruelty and homelessness and not spaying and neutering and what really happens in many shelters because they simply cannot keep up with our stupidity and ignorance. Sometimes people just don’t get it without the in your face kind of media. We are very adept at tuning out what we choose not to deal with.
    We will continue to do everything that we can to help cats everywhere for all reasons as we know each one of you will do also. That is the one thing that ties each of us together here and that is our love of cats.
    Thank you Layla for spreading the message and repeating it often, we love you!

    Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig and Peanut and Romeo >^..^<

  4. It makes me sad that the cats and kittens have to pay the price. Our vet -office offered neutering/spaying to a special price, I hope the people will accept the offer.

  5. Thank you for your important message!
    As you said, many people don’t know the importance of spay/neuter.
    I hope more people will be aware and there will be less homeless kittens.

  6. Shared on Google+ , even if it gets one more cat fixed it’ll help. Hopefully it will do alot more though! Love the photo.
    Great info that always needs to be shared, Great Job!

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