When is kitten season?
The short of it is: Warm weather brings kittens.
There are really three “kitten seasons” each year. Since heat cycles in cats are regulated by the weather, there is a outpouring of pregnant cats at the same time. Most cats go into heat three times a year, beginning in January-February. Since Southern California is warm, sometimes California females will go into heat four times a year.
A female cat will keep repeating a heat cycle until she gets pregnant. That is why it is very important to spay female cats.
Once a female cat conceives, it is only a matter of about 2 months until the kittens are born.
Normally, kittens are available for adoption when they are 8 weeks old.
Kittens are usually ready for adoption in April-May, July-August, and October-November.
Spring and summer are usually very busy for shelters and rescue groups, trying to keep up with the influx of kittens arriving every day. While it makes life hectic for these workers and volunteers, it is the best time to adopt since there are so many to choose from.
Note: Please make sure that any pet that you adopt is spayed or neutered. Thank you.