Kitten season is here! April through October is the prime time when the cat population explodes. While kitten season may sound charming and wonderful, this time of year brings heartbreak as many unwanted kittens are born without homes and proper medical care.
The animal shelter population grows significantly during this time and strains the resources of shelters and rescues in our community. We have tips for you to keep your feline companions safe and healthy during this time and avoid adding kitten season stress to your home or community.
Spaying and neutering your cats is the best way to control the population of unwanted kittens. Cimarron Animal Hospital offers spay and neuter services. According to the Humane Society of the United States, close to two million cats are euthanized each year in shelters and animal control facilities. You can search for a "vet near me" and find our office to schedule an appointment to spay or neuter your feline friends.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs in the community help keep down the population of feral, or unowned cats. In this process, cats are trapped humanely, and then spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and then returned to their colony.
The Kansas Humane Society has a TNR program that allows people to rent a trap for $2 per day (with a $90 refundable deposit), and then once a cat is trapped, an appointment can be booked to get the spay/neuter procedure and vaccinations. Visit the KHS’s website for complete information on their TNR program.
Cats who have loving families and homes are safer and healthier than feral cats. Be sure to protect your cat from harm by spaying and neutering, as well as microchipping them in case they are lost. Microchipping a pet is simple and helps when someone finds a lost pet. They can simply search “vet near me” and most veterinary offices will be able to scan the microchip.
A collar with your phone number will also increase the chances your cat will be reunited with you in case they get out of the house. Finally, consider supporting local shelters and rescues in their efforts to help control the cat population in Wichita. The Wichita Animal Action League, and Kansas Humane Society are just two of the fantastic organizations working to make Wichita a safer place for pets.