Springtime is the season when baby animals are born. Fuzzy, playful, curious kittens are no exception. We have several adorable kittens available for adoption at King WillIam Veterinary Clinic. They are lively, affectionate little creatures that are waiting to meet their new families.
Cats have some interesting qualities to their reproductive systems that result in an abundance of spring and summer time young. The female cat or the “Queen” has an active reproductive cycle somewhere between 6 to 9 months of age. More important than reaching the designated age however, is having enough hours of sunlight! Thus the breeding season in cats reaches its peak in March. Cats carry their kittens for 62-72 days giving us the highest number of newborn kittens in May and June. Queens continue to cycle every 2 to 3 weeks from spring to autumn. Recent research on male cats or “Toms” has revealed that they too have increased reproductive capacity in the spring and summer, with both increased sperm numbers and increased functionality of the sperm. Therefore it is no wonder we see so many kittens in our midst in these warmer months. The creator has deemed it so!
Lindsey N. Haile, DVM
King William Veterinary Clinic