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What you need to know about kitten season

Now that the weather is beginning to ease up a bit, feral cats are finding that it’s the ideal time of year to reproduce. Rescue organizations call this time of the year “kitten season” because their shelters become flooded with baby kitties as the cats give birth.

Here’s what you need to know about kitten season.

What to do if you find kittens

If you find a pregnant cat or a litter of kittens, call your local animal rescue organization. Kittens have a much better chance at survival when they are cared for by humans, and a rescue organization can help place them with a loving home.

How to help during kitten season

Now is the perfect time of year to volunteer at a cat rescue. You could help out onsite at the shelter or sign up to be a foster parent. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals offers classes on how to care for kittens if you think you might be up for the important task of fostering them.

Adoption during kitten season

It’s also the perfect time of year to adopt a cat, but be sure to kitten proof your house, first! However, if you have extra love to give, consider following.

Kittens never have a hard time finding a home, but their mothers and other older cats tend to sit in the shelter for much longer. Try to rescue an older cat whenever possible. Not only will it make more space for the shelter to save other cats, but you’ll also save your own cat from sitting there for months, or even years, without a home to call their own.

Have you recently adopted a kitten? Our pet sitters love taking care of the juniors and the seniors! Book your pet sitting visits today!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Jennifer C. on flickr

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What is New York City’s feral cat initiative?

If you live in New York City, you’ve probably spotted a feral cat, if not several! You might have noticed them skittering into alleyways or ducking under cars. Who are these little critters and what makes them different from your kitty at home?

What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is one who hasn’t been raised by humans, and as a result, is not used to interacting with people. Because they haven’t been socialized, feral cats are too fearful to be handled and are unsuitable for adoption. Feral cats are not quite the same as strays, as many strays are former pets who are lost or have been abandoned. While feral cats do not live with humans, many are dependent on them for food, whether it means eating scraps from a dumpster or treats left out for them by members of the community.

What are New York City volunteers doing about it?

Unfortunately, the feral cat population has reached drastic levels in New York City. Fortunately, organizations such as the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) have devoted themselves to reducing the feral population through humane means. They promote a method known as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), a process in which cats are humanely caught, vaccinated, spayed, and then released. NYCFCI trains community members to safely catch feral cats and bring them to proper facilities for neutering.

How can you get involved in your area?

If you have spotted feral cats in your neighbored but are unsure how to help, you are in luck! NYCFCI offers resources on how to safely provide food and other resources for feral cats. You can also take one of NYCFCI’s TNR trainings to actively help reduce the population in your own area. In addition to NYCFCI, there are many local groups who work closely with the feral kitties in their communities.

If you are looking for a companion, you may be interested in adopting or fostering a feral kitten! Feral kittens are young enough to be socialized and find permanent homes with people. And of course, dollar donations to TNR initiatives and local cat shelters are always helpful!

Are you looking for someone to care for your newly adopted feral kitten? Book a meet and greet with one of our friendly pet sitters. We can come visit your kitty, once, twice, or even three times a day!

Candace Elise Hoes is a pet sitter and blogger at Katie’s Kitty. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.

photo by Leans on flickr

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