Kitten season is governed by climate. Kitten season is typically in the summer when the cats outside meet and greet.
It is quite rare to have kittens for sale in the winter months although in the far north this happens, due to the summer months with longer hours of sunlight. This disrupts a cat's reproductive cycle.
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What happens during kitten season?
You will see signs everywhere for Kittens for Sale. Boxes of kittens arrive in front of grocery stores. Usually, children are the ones holding up the kitten to their cheek to an unsuspecting shopper with the innocent plea of "Hey Lady? Want a kitten?"
Grocery store kittens are rarely for sale. Mostly they are giveaways, free for the taking. A dangerous practice accomplished in minutes, with no regard to the viability of the future home; only the thought on the mind of the child of "Whew, I just got rid of another kitten!"
Kittens for sale are plentiful.
Offering kittens for sale can halt the possibility of the kitten ending up as food for a pet snake, sold to a research lab or to someone with fighting dogs. But the reality is unless you are an ethical breeder, you should not have any kittens either for sale or for free.
For those who love to have kittens
Do you desire a kitten? First, spay or neuter your pet(s). Then visit the local animal shelter. Volunteer to be a surrogate parent to a mom-cat that is pregnant. Or ask to work with orphaned kittens as a foster.
While you are there, look in the cat room. Most shelters keep their cats and kittens in small cages. The cage also has to accommodate food bowls and a litter pan. Not a very happy situation for any cat to be in.
If you want a kitten, shelters will accommodate you. The advantage of buying a kitten from a shelter is that you save two kittens; the one you adopt, and the one that will take the space now available. The price may seem high for the kitten for sale in the shelter. But shelters are packed with animals. Feeding each animal, providing for their needs (litter, vaccinations, neutering and spaying) is quite expensive. Most shelters need all the help they can get.
So before you decide to let your children experience the miracle of feline birth and allow your unspayed female cat to run free during kitten season, think of what you are doing.
You are gambling on the health of the cat and the kittens. Free-breeding outside means your female will be taken by more than one tomcat, resulting in two or three different litters developing inside her. The health of the litter will be in question, because of the unknown factor of the tomcat(s) that mated with her.
If you love cats, then don't be looking for kittens for sale, but instead, adopt a kitten from a shelter or become a foster parent to a litter. The end result of this responsible action will be immensely rewarding both to you and your family.
Written by Mary Anne Miller
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