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Kitten season is anything but cute for animal shelters


Last updated 4/21/2021 at 12:10pm


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Spring is the beginning of "Kitten Season," when unspayed female cats have their litters and animal shelters take in many orphaned kittens.

KANAB, Utah – What may sound cute to the general public causes a shudder every year among animal shelter staff across the country.

"Kitten Season," as it's known in the animal welfare field, starts each spring and lasts through fall. Like the term implies, it's the time of year when unspayed female cats have most of their litters and animal shelters are inundated by orphaned kittens who need intensive care.

"Cats can become pregnant at just four months old and the duration of feline pregnancy is approximately two months, so unspayed community cats can have many litters in one season,"...

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