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Cat and Kitten Facts

It’s Kitten Season! Here’s How to Help!

Ah, kitten season. So many kittens—too many kittens—could there be such a thing?

Unfortunately, for shelters, the answer is yes. Kitten season is often their most overwhelming time of year.

Cat mating season is approximately January through February and about two months later, kittens are born. Each mother cat typically bears three to five kittens starting in spring and peaking in late spring/early summer.

Shelters across the country receive thousands of pregnant cats and kittens that max out their space, staff, and budgets. Here are ways you can help:

Adopt

If your favorite rescue, like Ted's, doesn't have any current available cats, head down to your local shelter. Check out www.sdhumane.org or www.sddac.com

Donate

The average underage kitten cots about $125 in medical care to rescue, if they aren't sick. Many rescues rely on donations to cover these costs. 

Foster

If you are knowledgeable about cats, consider fostering a pregnant mother cat or kittens. Cats have a 67-day gestation, so that’s a 2-3 month obligation to care for the family. In addition, moms and babies have to be properly quarantined until the kittens are old enough to be vaccinated. That means other cats in the shelters care are at risk of euthanasia and overcrowding.

Fulfill Wish Lists

Many rescues, including Ted's Rescue, create Amazon Wish Lists to make it easy for individuals to contribute exactly what the shelter needs. 

Kitten care

Many shelters do not have the resources to care for kittens who are only 2-3 weeks old. At this age, they must be bottle-fed every few hours and even kittens over 3 weeks old need to be placed in special areas while their immune systems get stronger. Moms and babies have to be properly quarantined until the kittens are old enough to be vaccinated. Becoming a kitten foster is one of the most rewarding experiences a foster can have. Knowing you saved a life destine for euthanasia and watching that life grow and thrive is an experience you will never forget. 

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