I hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and healthy. It is raining kittens here in San Diego!!
Kitten season, otherwise known as feline breeding season, takes place during the warm months. This is typically March through October but will vary across the country. Since San Diego is generally warm we experience a long kitten season!
During kitten season,we experience a large intake of kittens; roughly 400 a year!!! Only one month into the season, we are already bursting at the seams with adorable little felines. Kittens that enter our rescue either come with their mother or are, unfortunately, motherless. Kittens that enter with their mother will be kept with their mother and continue to feed off of her with solid food being introduced when appropriate. We rely on fosters who either have no other pets or have a separate space for the mom and her kittens as momma cats are naturally very protective of their offspring.
Kittens that arrive to our rescue motherless often need to be bottle-fed by an experienced foster until they are old enough to eat on their own. This requires a lot of dedication by our team of fosters because kittens eat frequently! Kittens under 2 weeks old eat every 2 hours and kittens 2 to 4 weeks old eat every 3-4 hours. Once kittens reach 2 pounds they are old enough to get spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated! At 8 weeks old they are ready to fly and go to their forever home.
We do encourage kittens to go to homes in pairs when the adopting home has no other pets. Despite the common belief that cats are solitary animals, they are actually very social beings who thrive when they have a buddy from an early age. A pair of kittens will be able to keep each other occupied and are truly happier living with other cat companions.
As always we would like to thank all of our wonderful donors! It is donations from you that give us the ability to provide a safe space for all of these kittens until they are able to find their loving forever home. We appreciate you all!
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