Kitten season is here

News
13 Sep 2017
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If you are considering adopting a new furry friend, be sure to visit us as we have lots of animals in need of loving homes, and staff who are happy to help you make an informed decision to find the perfect addition to your family.

Cats generally breed from late winter through to late autumn, so for around nine months of the year, kittens are being born.

However, from November through to May, a large influx of young and vulnerable kittens and their mums come into the SPCA’s centres, and this period is referred to as kitten season. Kitten season comes about because the feline reproduction cycle is linked with the warmest times of the year, which have the longest hours of daylight.

During this time, Wellington SPCA usually sees two waves of litters. The first wave of kittens, born at the beginning of summer, are generally healthier and stronger. However, if that same cat produces a second litter towards the end of the season, her kittens may be much more susceptible to illness as she is often exhausted and underweight.

From November to May, Wellington SPCA expects to have over 1,000 kittens and 700 cats in its care, and Inspectors, Veterinary and Animal Care staff are under immense pressure at this time to deal with stray queens and kittens living in unsuitable conditions.

Many of these animals come from unwanted litters, and the best way to prevent this problem is to make sure cats are desexed. Desexing pets is an important part of being a responsible pet owner, and having your cat spayed or neutered has a number of health benefits too. If your cat hasn’t been desexed contact our Veterinary Clinic on (04) 389 8044 to make a booking or find out more.