Kitten season is usually in line with when cats go into heat. November, December and January are colder months and cats usually go into heat when the weather gets nicer.
What is a Litter?
A litter is a number of kittens that a female cat can have through a pregnancy. On average, a cat can have anywhere from 4-8 kittens. Because a cat can have on average 4-8 kittens during on pregnancy, and a cat can be pregnant several times a year, the cat population gets bigger at a faster rate than the dog population. This is a reason why spaying or neutering your cat is so important.
6 Quick Kitten Facts
Felines are considered kittens until they are 1 year in age.
All kittens are born with blue eyes with their permanent eye color appearing around 4 weeks of age.
An unaltered female cat can become pregnant at 4 months of age so spay your kitten!
A kitten can be spayed or neutered when they reach 2 pounds in body weight, typically at 8 weeks of age.
Kittens instinctively know to use a litter box.
One females’ offspring could produce up to 6,000 kittens.
How Can I Help?
Shelters and cat rescues almost always need donations and foster parents during kitten season. Adopting or fostering a kitten will provide you with hours of fun and entertainment. Of course, a kitten’s favorite toy is another kitten, so you may want to consider adopting a second cat. Two kittens growing up together will be well socialized, and interested in exploring new things.Please see if organizations in your area need supplies like litter, food, blankets and toys.