SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – More and more shelters in the Bay Area are full with kittens due to kitten season. But what exactly is kitten season?
“Cats are a seasonal polyestrous. Seasonal meaning as soon as the daylight hours become longer, their bodies change and they come into estrous, or heat,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, co-president of the San Francisco SPCA. “Polyestrous meaning they don’t give up until the daylight changes or they become pregnant. So in addition to that efficient system, they also can have more than one litter a year. So usually around this time of year, we start to see a flood of kittens come into the shelter.”