Monday, April 13, 2015

Kitten Season

It’s the beginning of Kitten Season here at our local shelters. Kitten Season usually begins with the warmer weather and often lasts through the early fall. It’s when shelters and rescues are inundated with kittens due to so many cats who haven’t been spayed having litters.

During Kitten Season, the shelters and rescues need a lot of extra help to take care of so many new babies all at once. Here are some of the ways you can help:

1. Spay and Neuter: This is huge! Eliminating litters of unwanted kittens keeps them out of shelters in the first place.

2. Adopt a cat or kitten from your local shelter or rescue. If you’re looking to add a feline companion of any age to your family, the shelter is the best place to go. You can help save two lives, the one you adopt and the one who gets the space freed up by the one you adopted.

3. Short term foster during Kitten Season: We did this last year with two adorable little kittens named Chandler and Pansy. Sometimes no-kill shelters or rescues have to turn away animals simply because they don’t have enough room. Short term fostering helps to free up some space at the shelter until they’re able to accommodate more animals.

4. Donate: An inundation of kittens means the shelters and rescues are going through a lot more supplies than usual. Cash donations are always appreciated as they can use that for whatever their current needs are. Kitten food (wet and dry), cat litter, blankets, heating pads, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies are also very much needed during Kitten Season. Even just a few cans of cat food really helps.

Every little bit helps the shelters and rescues during Kitten Season. And it’s a great feeling to look at these sweet little faces and know that you’ve helped.

So what about you? Is it Kitten Season in your area?


  1. Love kitties. Those are all great tips.

  2. Probably but my husband doesn't like cats and anyway, not a good idea in an apartment. Maybe donate. I do so wish people would spay and neuter. We used to have a problem with Feral Cats in the States where we lived. People just turned them loose.

  3. Such a cute picture! We are cat-free at the moment. I must keep repeating that till I forget the cute picture.....
    Anabel's Travel Blog

  4. Lately I've been making my donations to the local trap, neuter & release organization. I figure the more work they do, the fewer homeless kittens to begin with. I also take them surplus food that my picky cats won't eat - they'll even take open bags of dry food for feeding colonies of feral cats.

  5. Honestly don't know if it is kitten season here since we are so new to the area. I like the tips you gave to help the shelters. We can't take a kitten in but making a donation sounds like something we can do!


  6. Great advice...there is a shelter some distance from us. We should check in on their needs.

  7. Hi Danielle - as Susan says .. it's so necessary to help the kittens .. just so difficult - Hilary

  8. I had two shelter kittens and they grew up to be the loveliest cats. One was pathologically stupid, but I don't think that had anything to do with the shelter…. And he was always hilarious because of it.

  9. We always had cats on the farm where I grew up but I now have a husband and daughter who have severe cat allergies. Alas, no kittens at our house.

  10. It's probably always kitten season around here. My sister-in-law found a couple kittens in a dumpster about this time of year a couple years ago. They've grown into rather large cats (that were spayed and neutered after she got them).

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity


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