What to Expect When You’re Expecting Kittens!
Over 1,300 cats were brought into The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) during kitten season in 2016.
Thanks to the warm Arizona climate, cats in our community breed more often than their colder climate counterparts. As kittens inundate shelters all over the nation, we really count on our communities to help us through this busy time. Read on to learn tips and tricks for adopting kittens and how to help your local animal shelter during kitten season.
Ready to adopt? Here’s what you’ll need.
Kittens are adorable and sweet and often a smart choice for a first time adopter. Cats are usually more independent than dogs, and enjoy a calm and peaceful home environment. Before adopting, consider how your life will change once you bring your kitten home.
Your home will need to be kitten-proofed, with all wires, strings, cords, and other loose ends secured away. Designate an area of your home for your kitten to spend its unsupervised time while you are out of the house. Make sure your kitten isn’t spending long stretches of time alone. Consider adopting two kittens to keep each other company. Click here to find out more about the benefits of adopting two kittens.
Make sure all family members are on board.
Kittens are needy and delicate during the early stages of their life. Much like a human baby, they will need extra comfort and patience while learning to use the litter box and sleep through the night. Don’t forget to consider your current furry family members. Think about your current pets and how a new kitten (or kittens) will affect them. Always use precautions when introducing your pets to a new kitten. Newly acquainted pets shouldn’t be left alone together until you know they are comfortable with each other.
Alright! Now you’ll need supplies…
You will need a litter pan and scooper, kitten litter, a collar and name tag, kitty toys, a cat travel carrier, cat scratch tower or scratch pad, food and water dishes, and food. HSSA’s PAWSH store locations carry all supplies needed to start off right with your kitten and is always tax-free.
You’re ready to adopt!
Visit your local animal shelter and fall in love! Every kitten is different. Spend time with your potential family member before adopting. Some kittens are snuggly, and others are shy. All kittens deserve loving homes. Remember, adopting means promising to care for this pet throughout the years. Spend time finding the kitten(s) that are just right for you and your life.
Adopting is always emotional, and sometimes challenging. Don’t be afraid to ask for help during this transitional time. HSSA adoption staff are happy to help you pick out the kitten or cat for you and answer any questions you might have along the way. Contact us for additional questions or check out our kitten adoption handouts here for further reading.
At HSSA we’re always expecting kittens!
How can you help your local shelter during kitten season?
Find out what supplies your local animal shelter would need donated during this demanding time.
At HSSA, we are always in need of kitten nursing bottles, KMR-Kitten Milk Replacers and towels during this time of year. Visit HSSA’s Amazon wish list to purchase items for homeless kittens and send them directly to our shelter.
Become a foster.
Our Foster Care Program provides care for animals not yet ready for adoption, including fragile kittens that are brought into our shelter. Volunteers care for animals in their own homes, providing animals that are underweight, underage, sick, or injured the time they need to grow or heal. Fostering animals is very rewarding. If you think you’re made of the right stuff to care for the most vulnerable homeless pets in our community (and we hope you are) contact HSSA’s Volunteer Department at [email protected] or call 520-327-6088, ext. 134.
Make a donation.
During kitten season, we ask that you stay conscious of your surroundings, consider adopting a cat, and make a donation to our cause. It is thanks to people like you that fragile kittens that are brought into our care can grow into adoptable, healthy cats. Consider making a small monthly donation to HSSA. Monthly giving helps us plan for the needs of the year ahead.
Spread knowledge about cat overpopulation and spay and neuter.
Ready for the math? After 4 years, one unspayed female cat and her offspring will produce over 20,000 cats.
Do you know 20,000 people who want a cat? Yeah, neither do we. Click here to learn more about spay and neuter myths and why it is important to do your part against cat overpopulation.
Anything else potential kitty adopters should know?
Do you have a favorite way to support your local animal shelter during kitten season? Let us know in the comments below and email us your kitten’s first photos for a chance to be featured in an upcoming blog post!