Kitten Season is Coming! How You Can Help Shelters Care for Kittens


In the animal welfare community, the arrival of spring means that kitten season is also on its way!  Kitten season is the time during the warm months of spring and summer when unaltered homeless cats—or pet cats allowed to roam—mate and produce litters of kittens.  The sheer volume of these kittens means that many of them (sometimes with mom, sometimes without) will end up in your local animal shelter.



Spring is a busy time for shelters and rescues…and also a time when their resources are stretched thin with the expenses associated with caring for newborn kittens.  Vet visits, vaccinations, spay/neuter, medications, kitten formula…all of these things take a financial toll on shelters and rescue groups.



What’s an easy and fun way to help your local shelter or cat rescue care for kittens?  Go shopping!  Many shelters and rescues maintain wish lists of much-needed supplies to help get them through kitten season.  Their lists are often maintained on their websites, as well as on shopping sites like Amazon. 



Want to shop for kittens?  Here’s a list of some of the most-requested items on many shelter and rescue kitten season wish lists:


  • Canned and dry kitten food
  • Natural baby wipes
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Small travel crates
  • Baby blankets



  • Cat trees
  • Kitty litter
  • Heating pads
  • Paper towels
  • Kitten formula/milk replacement powder
  • Bleach, dish soap, disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, and other cleaning supplies



  • Nursing bottles and nipples
  • Towels
  • Baby shampoo
  • Food and water bowls
  • Small pet beds
  • Digital thermometers
  • Hair dryers
  • Cat toys


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