Spring is In the Air – Fast Facts About Kitten Season

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SOME FAST FACTS about kitten season

  1. Kitten season peaks in late spring and does not end until fall.
  2. An unaltered female can go into heat every three weeks.
  3. The average size of a litter is 4-6 kittens.
  4. A female cat can begin having kittens at 4-5 months of age.
  5. One mother cat can have 2-3 litters per year, producing as many as 18 kittens.
  6. Without spaying, 1 female dog and her offspring can produce as many as 65,000 dogs in six years.
  7. One unaltered female cat and her descendants can lead to as many as over 400,000 cats in seven years.
  8. LAAS (Los Angeles Animal Services) publishes their statistics every year (not all shelters do). In 2014-2015, the report shows 8,955 unweaned kittens (kittens under 8 weeks) were taken in by LAAS. If you scroll back up, you’ll see that 4,744 of those tiny babies were euthanized: that’s less than 50% that are saved. (Compared to 70% of cats 8-weeks and older that were saved, and 85% of all dogs saved including unweaned.) [ref] http://www.laanimalservices.com/about-us-2/statistics/ . [/ref]
Many reasons to sterilize your pets.