With Valentine’s Day coming up this week it’s not just humans who are feeling the love… it’s… KITTEN SEASON! Little boy cats and little girl cats are all up in their feelings, getting busy and making more kittens, who will then have to survive on the streets, flood the shelters, and if they’re very lucky, they’ll find a rescue who can take them and then if they’re even luckier still they’ll find a loving home where they will spend the rest of their lives.
Sadly the number of kittens and the number of spaces in a shelter or a rescue or a home are vastly out of proportion, and many cats and kittens are euthanized just for space. Still others endure hardship on the street and don’t survive. As we saw last year, mama cats sometimes endure complications like pyometra, risking their lives and the lives of their babies. Kitten season sounds adorable. Who doesn’t LOVE kittens?! But is it worth it for all of those who are born or give birth just to have their short little lives ended?
BUT – THERE IS GREAT NEWS!! This can all be SO SIMPLY prevented by a simple spay or neuter surgery! Not only for our family cats, but for the feral kitties, too, through Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR), and programs like our Free and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! You can also help in other ways. You can volunteer to help at a shelter or rescue with the huge influx of kittens they’ll be getting. YOU CAN PLAY WITH KITTENS TO HELP KITTENS! WHAT?!?! It’s not even Christmas! You can also foster a mama and her kittens or any other cat(s) from a shelter or rescue to help free up room for more and increase the overall survival rate.
You can also help advocate for spay/neuter, fostering, and volunteering. Peer-to-peer (how you talk to your friends, and they talk to theirs, etc) is the most effective way to support a cause and build change. The animals are counting on us – let’s #AlterTheFuture!