Kitten Season is Here!

“Kitten season” starts in spring, peaks in early summer, and ends in fall. This time of year, our shelter can quickly become overwhelmed with many unwanted and orphaned kittens who will not only need good homes, but require extra medical care and nurturing before they can be adopted. Please help where you can… donate, foster, spay/neuter, adopt!

 Donate

Kitten Bottle Feeding

Every kitten under 8 weeks of age requires special care, socialization, and a series of vaccines to keep them healthy and prepare them for adoption. All kittens in our care will also be spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, and receive recommended preventative treatments through age 16 weeks or until they are adopted. Proper medical care is critical and can also be expensive, so extra donations and supplies are especially appreciated this time of year! Check our Wish List or contact us to find out what we need most!

Foster

Orphaned kittens under 8 weeks of age and nursing moms with babies need careful monitoring and a safe place to grow and develop into healthy, adoptable pets. We do our best, but a shelter is not the ideal place for this type of care, so we rely on volunteer foster homes to help! If you are interested in fostering kittens or other animals for us, please call our shelter or contact us by email fostering@humane-livingston.org. Learn more about our Foster Program>>

Spay/Neuter Your Pets

Kittens in CageUnfortunately, there is an over-abundance of unsterilized cats mating in every community. According to statistics, a fertile female cat can produce 3 litters in one year’s time and may start reproducing as young as 5 or 6 months old! In each litter, an average number of 4 to 6 kittens are born. This means that one female can produce 12 to 18 kittens per year. In seven years then, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats!

The easiest way to help reduce the disturbing number of unwanted cats is to spay and neuter your own animals and encourage others to do the same. If cost is an inhibitor, there are several low cost spay/neuter services available in our community. Help prevent unwanted litters — spay or neuter your pets! Learn more about spay/neuter options>>

If you do come across outdoor kittens, you may feel the need to immediately pick them up and bring them home or bring them to a shelter, but that might not be the best thing for the kittens, for you, or a shelter that is unable to care for them. Here are some important guidelines from Alley Cat Allies to help you decide what to do when you find kittens>>

Adopt

Adopt a bundle of pure JOY!

Adopting a kitten should be a wonderful, joyful beginning for you, your family, and your new pet! We offer many references and experienced staff to help you get started and look forward to becoming a lifelong, responsible pet parent.

Also, keep in mind, when so many kittens are available, adult cats often have to wait longer for a home since kittens tend to get adopted more quickly. So, this is also a great time to adopt an adult cat (or two) from our shelter. Learn more about our adoption policies and fees for Kittens, Adults, Purr-fect Pairs or Senior Cats!

Note: Kittens are not typically posted online, so call or visit our shelter to check availability of kittens.
View all of our Adoptable Adult Cats on our web site>>