01 April 2020
April is the start of what some know as Kitten season and this continues through to late autumn.
Did you know that one unneutered female can produce up to 18 kittens a year? Kittens at just four months can come into season and become pregnant when they are only babies themselves. Coming into season or heat often takes place during the increased daylight hours of spring and summer. During this time an unneutered kitten or cat will seek out a mate. With many unneutered male cats still out there it does not take long before a female has the opportunity to mate, sometimes more than once in a day which can mean that her litter of kittens has several different fathers.
A cat's reproduction cycle lasts 9 weeks and a female will come back into season just 6 weeks after giving birth. On average a litter of kittens is 4-6 however cats can have up to 9 kittens at one time - that's a lot of furry felines! Kittens should stay with their mum until they are at least 8 weeks old as the mum-kitten relationship is vital to the kitten's learning and development.
Kittens are cute, often fluffy bundles of joy and bring much excitement to a household however there are many kittens not born into these ideal situations and therefore find themselves in the care of a cat charity. This is why neutering is so important. We can assist with information on neutering and in some situations we can offer financial support. If you would like to know more please contact us via email
or by telephone on 03000 12 12 12.Why should I neuter my cat?