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Animal Control asks for help with kitten population boom
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Bella has the spirit of exploration. The adventurous kitten is 10 weeks old and is ready for adoption at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. The facility is located at 169 Paws Trail. Serious inquiries only may call 507-3647. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center is asking for the public’s assistance in controlling the local kitten population. 

“Please, please spay and neuter your cats,” said Animal Control representative Linda Mihatov. “We are overrun with kittens right now. If you’ve contemplated adopting a kitten, we have many to choose from here at the shelter.”

An unspayed female cat can have a litter of three to five kittens. Each cat can have up to three litters of kittens per year. With an average of four kittens per litter and an average lifetime of 15 years, each unspayed female cat could result in up to 180 kittens in her lifetime. Some feline litters can vary in size. Some litters can be up to 12. 

Kittens reach puberty, typically between 5 months and 9 months of age. Some kittens mature as young as 4 months. A sexually mature kitten can have kittens herself as early as her first heat cycle. 

“The only way to prevent your female kitten from giving birth to babies is to have it spayed,” said Mihatov. “If you need financial assistance, contact HAWC. They might be able to help. If you have a male cat, have it neutered to keep it from reproducing with an unaltered female.”

Helping Animals of Warren County is a nonprofit organization that provides financial and volunteer support to animal shelters and rescue groups in Warren County. Founded in 2015, the group provides low-cost spay/ neuter or vaccinations of pets and/ or educating the public on animal welfare. 

To learn more about HAWC, visit its Facebook page. The organization can be contacted by email at helpinganimalsofwc@gmail.com.