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Kitten Season

kitten season

Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding local shelters like AWL with homeless kittens. It’s actually three seasons in one, starting in the spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.

Kitten season happens because too many kittens are born as a result of the mating of cats who are not spayed and neutered.

How You Can Help

  1. Spay or neuter your cats
    Cats can become pregnant as young as five months of age. Fortunately, kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely altered. If you can’t afford to spay/neuter your cat, click here to see if you qualify for our free spay/neuter grant program.
  2. Help AWL during kitten season
    Donate critical kitten season supplies including kitten milk replacer (KMR), bottles, and heating pads – click here for our Amazon wish list
  3. Care for homeless or feral (not tame) cats in your neighborhood
    Call the county Animal Control at 410-758-2393 or Tom Cat Solutions at 410-822-1496 to help manage your neighborhood's feral and stray cat populations.
  4. Become a kitten foster parent
    AWL is in great need of kitten fosters – kitten fosters take shelter kittens into their homes to care for them until they’re about 8 weeks of age and can be safely spay/neutered/vaccinated and put up for adoption.
    AWL provides fosters with the food, litter, and other supplies they need to care for the kittens. The goal is to have the kittens in a home environment where they can socialize with people while they grow.
    Contact us at info@awlqac.org to learn more about becoming a foster parent for cats or kittens in need or click here
  5. Adopt a cat
    Open your home to new cat or adopt a playmate for your existing pets. Check out Our Adoptables to meet our sweet feline friends!

** Adapted from the Humane Society of the United States