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Believe it or not,
spring kitten season is almost here. My Cinco is a rescued cat that I adopted during rescue season. He is one of the biggest loves of my life! I am very thankful for all of the people that took the time to care for him until I was able to bring him into my home.
Every year animals shelters and rescues see a huge influx of kittens during the spring and summer months. Why? A female cat’s heat cycle is influenced by the seasonal changes in the amount of daylight each day. As the days begin to grow longer, the heat cycles begin and females go out in search of a mate. A healthy female can have up to 3 heats in a year producing an average of 4-6 kittens per litter. Shelters begin to see whole litters coming in either from feral/stray cats or from pet cats that have not been spayed.
Helping Local Rescues & Shelters
Animal rescues and shelters in your area need your help with kitten season! The goal is to find loving homes for all of these kittens so they don’t have to become another one of the 1.4 million cats that are euthanized in shelters every year. Can you adopt one of these precious kitties? Great! If not, there are still a lot of things you can do to help.
One important way to help your local animal rescue or shelter during kitten season is to volunteer. Not all volunteer positions require scooping poop! Consider being a kitten-cuddler. Sometimes all these very young kittens need is for humans to pet and play with them regularly so that they will be well socialized and easy to place in a home. Office, transportation, and website/social media maintenance positions are needed too!
A second important way you can help during kitten season is through fostering kittens. This means to take kittens (and possibly the mother) into your home and take care of them as you would your own pets. Many times the animal rescue or shelter you are working with will cover some or all of the expenses of the care of the kittens. Fostering helps to reduce the care burden at the shelter itself, give close personal attention to each kitten, and get them ready for life at home with a family.
Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Program
One of the biggest expenses that an animal rescue or shelter has is feeding all of the animals in their care. Good nutrition is vitally important to a kitten’s development and the maintenance of their health! A cat’s body is literally made up of the nutrients the cat consumes in his/her food. No one would want to skimp on that! Great health means better chances of getting adopted too.
Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Program helps shelters to make sure that all of the animals in their care are receiving excellent nutrition that is targeted to their age and health needs . Participating shelters receive exclusive discounts on Hill’s Science Diet® products such as the Hill’s Science Diet Kitten Healthy Development Food , as well as training, tools, and adopter’s kits. Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love Program has given over $240 million worth of food to almost 1,000 shelters! You can help Hill’s feed all of those hungry kitten bellies; Choosing Hill’s Science Diet for your own pets helps to support the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program.