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Dear JoAnne:

I have a really pretty and sweet tabby who hasn't been spayed and I was thinking that it would be great for her to have kittens over the summer.  What are the costs and efforts involved in raising kittens?  How do I find home for the kittens if I don't want to keep them all?

Blissfully,

Kitten Love

Dear JoAnne:

I have a really pretty and sweet tabby who hasn't been spayed and I was thinking that it would be great for her to have kittens over the summer.  What are the costs and efforts involved in raising kittens?  How do I find home for the kittens if I don't want to keep them all?

Blissfully,

Kitten Love

 

Dear Kitten Love,

We all love kittens.  But did you know that there are "kitten seasons?" This means that female cats will have repeated heat cycles over a year unless they are bred, and the heat cycles are influenced by the seasons. Females can even become pregnant again while they are nursing a litter! The "season" usually begins in the spring and ends in the winter. Kittens as young as five months of age can go into heat and the breeding is frantic. The results are thousands of unwanted kittens born in each community.

For shelters, kitten season is one of the most stressful times of the year. At first there is a trickle of kittens being surrendered and the staff is enamored at their cuteness. After a few weeks and kittens are coming in every day, the reality of finding space and homes for so many sets in. In June CAP received 250 kittens and 79 cats. Through July 20th, we have received 149 kittens and 63 cats. Imagine what other shelters in our community are also handling. CAP's foster homes are overwhelmed with newborns and under age babies who have lost their mothers and need to be bottle-fed and cared for until they are old enough to be adopted.

If you are interested in providing a foster home for any of the animals in need at CAP, please check out the foster parent page. Fostering an animal is a serious commitment but the rewards are huge for the animals in need. If you cannot be a foster parent, you can help to educate your friends and neighbors about spaying and neutering their pets.  Thank you for spaying your cat and staying kittenless this season!

Regards,
JoAnne