Kitten season, the result of cats not being spayed and neutered, floods animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with litters each spring. Looking ahead, LifeLine is collecting supplies and hoping to find as many possible foster homes so incoming kitties spend as little time in the shelter environment as possible.
The ages of the incoming kittens without mamas will possibly be as young as newborn and as old as seven weeks, so we will need some fosters with bottle feeding experience. Other fosters are needed to hand feed (or syringe feed) kittens to ensure they are growing until they can eat on their own, and to provide TLC and socializing to older kittens. LifeLine Animal Project will supply all food and materials.
"Why does kitten season occur?" The answer is surprisingly simple: Too many kittens are born when cats who are not spayed and neutered. The easiest way to help reduce the wave of unwanted cats is to fix both owned and feral cats and encourage others in our communities to do the same. Unaltered cats, as young as five months old, are driven by their hormones and tend to sneak outdoors primarily in search of a mate. Mating just once can start a domino effect that can result in dozens, even hundreds or thousands, of unwanted animals.
Predictably, many of these kittens end up at LifeLine's shelters, stretching our resources, increasing the risk of illness amongst the kittens and reducing the chances that our older adoptable cats will find homes. Your help will be critical in the next several months!