Spring has officially started and the Cat Gods are buzzing with anticipation from head to tail. It not only means warmer temps, longer days basking in the sunlit windowsill, and shedding piles of winter fur. This time of year is known to humans as “Kitten Season,” which despite its adorable connotation, leaves many Cat Gods (young and old) without homes.
Cat Gods are Springing Up All Over
The Cat Gods were gifted with an otherworldly ability to procreate at an insane rate. This is due to their superior nature above all other animals. The female Cat God is capable of reproducing at as young as 5-6 months old and will come into heat, meaning she is able to become pregnant, every 14-21 days! Shelters begin to receive as many as 50 kittens per week during Kitten Season, which not only puts further strain on their resources, but means that older Cat Gods in shelters are less likely to be adopted during this time period. Kitten Season lasts from springtime, peaks during the summer, and tapers off by the beginning of autumn.
As human guardians it is our job to care for our Cat Gods and help to reduce the number of homeless Cat Gods in the world.
How can you humans help?
There are a number of ways that humans can help animal shelters during this critical time. One of the most obvious is to spay/neuter your own Cat Gods. Cat Gods as young as two months old and weighing two pounds can be spay/neutered by a veterinarian. And for those humans who are not going to keep their Cat God indoors, they should keep them inside until they can be spayed or neutered.
For humans worried about the vet costs to spay/neuter their Cat God(s), there are plenty of affordable options that are provided by local animal shelters. These can be as low as $55 and require you to leave your Cat God for one night to ensure a healthy recovery. If you think only one Cat God can’t do much damage in the way of reproducing, you would be incorrect! One Cat God can set off a domino effect that results in thousands of kittens being born in a surprisingly short amount of time. The average litter size is about 3-5 kittens alone!
Get your human self on the internet and find your nearest Cat God shelter!
What if You Find Mini-Cat Gods?
A common occurrence during this time of year, is humans coming across a litter of kittens outdoors. It is very important that humans not take the kittens from their mother Cat God, as this can seriously harm the kittens. Kittens under 4 weeks old who have not been weaned are extremely difficult to care for and are more likely to die without their mother. If you are concerned that the mother has abandoned her kittens, then it is advised to first wait at a distance of at least 35 feet for a seven hours or more, before presuming the mother Cat God will not return. Humans who take kittens from their mother too early are likely to cause more harm than good. Even if the mother Cat God is nowhere in sight, this does not mean she has abandoned her kittens. She may even be wary of returning to her kittens if she sees a human nearby, so be sure to monitor the kittens from a distance.
If you are concerned about the kittens and their mother’s well-being, you may leave a warm shelter and food for them to use until they are at least 5 weeks old. During colder months, the kittens are in more danger of hypothermia than of starving.
Some things to note about the kittens in order to determine their age is if their eyes are open, if they are still stumbling on their feet, and/or if their ears are not standing up yet, they are likely 4 weeks old or younger. Kittens who are able to run around and eat solid food on their own, are more likely to be 5 weeks or older and would most likely be weaned. This means they are old enough to be taken from their mother.
If the kittens have definitely been abandoned and are still very young, they will require immediate assistance from someone who will be able to feed and stimulate them for elimination around-the-clock. Before removing them, look for a nearby organization who is willing to take them in. An animal shelter or veterinarian will most likely not take newborn kittens, due to the extensive amount of care they require. However, there are sure to be other organizations or volunteers in your area that will.
There’s other ways humans can help!
This time of year, when Cat God’s are springing up all over, is a great time to donate to your local animal shelter or volunteer your time if you can. They are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of kittens filling up their facilities and utilizing their resources. If you’ve already done your part to spay/neuter your Cat Gods, you can help other Cat God’s in need by donating monetarily, or by purchasing kitten food, litter, or blankets (your local animal shelter will most likely post a list of their most needed items on their website).
If you are looking for a Cat God to become a human guardian for, keep in mind that kittens require a lot of time and attention. You may consider adopting an older more reserved Cat God to worship. These adult Cat Gods are more often less expensive than kittens, which is something to also consider when adopting a Cat God—especially if you don’t have the resources and patience to properly raise a kitten.
What are the Cat Gods’ Wishes for Kitten Season?
Being a direct source of communication for all Cat Gods across the universe, CatsAreGods.com would like to take moment to conclude with a message from the Cat Gods themselves. While we all worship the Cat Gods in a variety of ways, they share in our concern for the many mini-Cat Gods that end up in shelters without homes. Particularly during Kitten Season. There are many that do not survive or must be euthanized due to the overpopulation of shelters and this limits the likelihood that full-grown Cat Gods will find their forever homes and be worship to the full extent that they deserve. It is the responsibility of us, the human guardians, to protect the Cat Gods and do what we can to make their lives as magnificent as possible. By spaying and neutering your beloved Cat Gods, you will only be further serving the Cat Gods’ wishes.