Kitten Season – How to Help

Kitten Season is here again! Beginning in the spring, peaking in late spring or early summer and ending in the fall, it is the time of year when cats give birth. Driven by their hormones, unaltered cats seek the outdoors to find a mate. The result is a very high volume of kittens in our shelters and on the streets. You may have already noticed increased numbers of kittens in your local shelters, seen posted signs in your neighborhood or rescued a litter yourself by now. The best way to help reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens is to spay/neuter your own pets.

  • Kitten season is the unofficial name for the mating season for cats generally assumed to start in March and end in November.
  • An unaltered female cat will go into heat every 3 weeks.
  • The average size of a litter is 4-6 kittens.
  • One mother cat have 2-3 litters per year producing as many as 18 kittens.
  • A female cat can begin having kittens at 4-5 months of age.
  • One unaltered female cat and her offspring can produce an estimated 420,000 cats in a seven-year period.
  • Kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely altered.