It’s “Kitten Season”
For rescue groups throughout Southern California summer is well known as “kitten season”. The warm summer months act as a catalyst, bringing intact females into heat every three weeks. In fact just one female cat can produce two litters of kittens between May and October. If you’ve ever visited an animal shelter or rescue center in June you can clearly see that they are overrun with kittens. Unfortunately most of the kittens born during kitten season are euthanized due to lack of space in the shelters. The mother cats don’t fare well either. Most people looking to adopt will gravitate towards the cute fluffy kittens, ignoring the mother cats and the other adult cats in the shelter. The sad truth is that euthanasia rates for cats in shelters raise significantly during the summer.
Concerned animal lovers can take a stand against the animal overpopulation problem during kitten season. Here are the top ways that you can help:
- Spay or neuter your cat even if it never goes outside
- Donate funds or supplies to your local cat rescue
- If you know how, volunteer to bottle-feed homeless kittens for your local cat rescue
- Volunteer to foster a litter of kittens or an adult cat during kitten season
- Consider adopting your own cat
- Support local businesses that support cat rescue efforts
Perhaps one of the best ways to help during kitten season is to spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering cats. While some people believe that just one litter of kittens won’t cause much of a problem, one female cat and her offspring can quickly produce thousands of cats.
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