Kitten Season Is Upon Us

It’s just about that time again.

HEY! It's Kitten Season!
HEY! It’s Kitten Season!

It’s the start of Kitten Season. It’s that time of the year when all the kitties are doing their business outside, but I’m not talking about litter box business. I’m talking about the, um, private business. But again, not private litter box business because, I mean, I’ll poop in front of anyone. Anyway, you know what I mean.

What is the end result? Kittens! Lots of them.

Sure, people love kittens, but when there are too many, there aren’t enough homes. And when well-meaning people bring them in front the street at only a few weeks old, many of them meet their end because shelters don’t have the resources to care for them at that age and will euthanize them.  A terribly sad fact, but true.

Babies need someone to hold their bottles.
Babies need someone to hold their bottles.

So, how can you prepare yourselves for kitten season?

1) Make a decision. Ask yourself: Can I adopt? If yes, go find your perfect friend and know that you’ve saved a life! If no, can you foster?  If yes, keep reading. If no, can you donate supplies or volunteer your time at a local rescue?

If you CAN foster, you’ll be doing a world of good for not one but for MANY kittens throughout the season. Fosters are hugely helpful to the rescue community because they temporarily take in the kitties that the shelters have no space for, and they can offer tiny bottle baby kittens a second chance at life by giving them the care they need.

Look at him. He's clearly pleased to have been saved.
Look at him. He’s clearly pleased to have been saved.

For more information, check out these articles I wrote last kitten season. They’ll help get you off to a good start in the world of fostering.

Fostering: Is it for You?

Kitten Season: A Serious Need for Fosters






    • She could still foster, it would be like having some relative or friends visiting for a little while….makes life more interesting sometimes!

  • Great reminder ! Mum think that people who foster are amazing ! Purrs

  • Kittens are adorable but TW says she can’t keep up with them which is why she adopts adult cats. When they had the house, the cats used to go wild in the cat mint at night. HAH!

  • stock….thiz bee a grate ree minder post….may de day come when therz noe knead ta rite bout two manee kittehz ( pupz ) & knot enuff room….♥♥♥

    heerz two a midshipman fish & marlin kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

  • We have selected you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can pick it up on our Friday post at The Cat on My Head. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  • Kitten season – when we kitties realize how utterly stupid a lot of humans are. And when we kitties realize how awesome rescue people are! Wish there were fewer of the former and a LOT more of the latter.

  • Many people are misguided about dropping unwanted cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies off at the side of the road by a farm. Bad move. I lost track of how many times my mother would find dumped pets by her rural farm. She always took the survivors in. But many did not. With fischers, weasles, coyotes, and wolves they were just a quick dinner. Most of these pets were sick or injured and required a veterianarian ($$$). Many were attacked and were humanly euthanized.
    Bottom line-dumping animals (no matter where) is a no win situation (I wanted to write something a lot stronger, but didn’t).

    • I know what you mean. My parents used to have a similar situation but they usually didn’t do much about it but drop those pets further away. I was against that. The last year we adopted a cat from the coal depot and the kitten was in the terrible condition. You can only imagine. We took care of her for a few months and then give her away in the good hands as we developed a hard boiled case of the skin allergy. The same thing we done with a sick puppy a few months earlier. We don’t have much luck with the pets but we are excellent care givers.

  • Kitten season! On Nos, this means that there will be lots and lots of babies being dropped off in and around our community! Wes lives in a rural community, and my peoples seem to thinks that id they drops kittens of here, they 1) will become a farm cat or 2) they will survive on their own without having to worry about dogs and traffic.
    It is WRONG on both counts. Barn cats are managed like TNR Colonies and Farmers don’t need more cats. And Cats are not wild animals. It is most likely they will starve or become a coyote’s or eagle’s lunch.
    We will have to start watching for them.

  • mommy wants to foster, but she has too much to do keeping up with us, and we say, “no!” So they help in lots of other ways. Hope this post influences others who are on the fence. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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