Purrrfect Weather For Kittens!Posted by on April 14, 2014
As many of you know Howard and I have adopted five cats from North Shore Animal League America – Walter, Apple, Leon Bear, Charlie Boy and my sweet Bella girl. Some may call me a crazy cat lady but we wouldn’t have it any other way in our household.
This winter was a rough one for us East Coasters, and now that spring is finally here so is an overabundance of cats and kittens without homes. This is an especially big problem during the warmer months of the year, often referred to as “kitten season”.
Kitten season is the time of year when the most kittens are born. With the arrival of the warmer temperatures, many pet owners let their unspayed or unneutered cats roam freely. Nature takes its course, and in the next several months shelters are overloaded with kittens.
Statistics say it all: About 8 million animals, including dogs and cats of all ages, enter U.S. shelters each year, and half of them are euthanized. Most of these animals are healthy and affectionate and are looking for a loving home, but because a lot of shelters lack an abundance of space and resources to care for them until they are adopted, they are euthanized.
It is estimated that about 70 - 75% of those euthanized are felines. No single animal should be killed because he or she has no home. Each animal that is euthanized for this reason, in my eyes, is one animal too many!
I am very proud to say that, because of the leadership of North Shore Animal League America, euthanasia as a means of population control has actually decreased dramatically. In the 1970s, 20 million animals a year were killed. We are on the right path. We just need to try and get there faster!
How can you make a difference and move us toward a no-kill nation? First, make sure all your own pets are spayed and/or neutered, and spread the word to your family and friends to do the same. This is necessary even if you keep your cat indoors, or if your dog is in a fenced-in yard. Despite our most careful parenting pets can sometimes get out unintentionally.
Also follow the advice of the Animal League experts and keep your cats as indoor-only pets. That will not only help reduce accidental litters, but also keep your animals much healthier.
Finally (you knew I had I to say it), always adopt from a shelter or rescue group, and encourage everyone you know to do the same. While it is always the perfect season to add a kitten (or cat or puppy or dog) to your home, there are more than ever that need you right now!
Howard and I are getting our kitten foster room all ready for the first litter to come our way……