We are now bracing ourselves for what is known in animal welfare circles as “Kitten Season”. The reason for the season is the timing of the cats’ heat cycles with the warmer weather resulting in a cornucopia of kittens. As cute as this sounds, it presents a very real problem.
1. “Kitten Season” is the unofficial name for the mating season for cats and is generally assumed to last between the months of March and November;
2. A female cat will go into heat every 3 weeks;
3. The average size of a litter is 4-6 kittens;
4. One mother cat can produce 18 kittens in one season;
5. A female cat can begin having kittens at 6 months old;
6. In 7 years 1 female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats!!!!!
7. During “Kitten Season” the number of kittens far exceeds the number of homes available;
8. During “Kitten Season” you will see signs everywhere for Kittens for Sale, they are sold by the wayside, they are dropped off in boxes at the grocery stores and they end up in animal welfare organizations;
9. There are more kittens available than there are families to take them;
10. During “Kitten Season” it is difficult to find loving homes for adult cats.
IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!!
Ever look out your window on a cold winter day and see one, two, or more little kitty faces looking for someplace to get warm?? Do you say to yourself “What can I do?” Well here is something you can do to ease the suffering of feral cats and kittens. It’s an easy project to do:
DOB -April 10, 2012
Martha is being generously sponsored by Mary Ellen Lansing
Martha was found outside, barely old enough to walk, alone at 1 am. She was bottle fed by her foster Mom and has become a loving, affectionate kitten. She has been diagnosed with a significant heart murmur. After seeing a specialist it was determined that she has 6 months to a year+ to enjoy her days on earth. We know that there is no possibility of adoption but are keeping her picture here temporarily for anyone who might like to be kept updated. This is a very special kitten.
Martha has grown into a sleek, shiny beautiful teenager. This picture was taken August 15th. She is still as active as any other kitten.
Martha LOVES her foster sister Jenny. Jenny is getting up there in years, yet she tolerates being loved by this unusual little kitty. Their favorite time of day is nap time. Any time Jenny curls up to snooze, so does Martha.