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While most major all cities have animal shelters in place to take in homeless animals, they remain heavily crowded in most cities around the United States. But, did you know that the summer months are also considered “kitten season” as well? For those who are considering adopting a kitten this summer, make sure to learn more about what kitten season is, and what to consider beforehand.

Kitten Season
In the summer months between May and June of each year, cats enter their highest mating season. Often, this results in a significant increase in the number of newborn or young kittens that are brought into animal shelters. Because of the major increase in incoming kittens, many shelters find that they do not carry enough resources to properly care for every animal that comes in. In response, shelters are the nation will hold adoption days throughout the summer to find some of the animals home and increase space. While it may seem like the perfect time to take a trip to the local shelter, it is important to consider a few things beforehand, to ensure that the adoption is smooth for both you and the pet.

Consider The Long-Term Commitment
It is easy to say that you are ready for the commitments that come with owning a cat or kitten when you are interacting with them at the shelter. Before looking at any animals, consider the idea that many cats can live between 15-20 years, and will include daily time for interaction and care. Additionally, cats will come with a monthly expense increase, so it is important to ensure that you can afford both expected and unexpected expenses throughout your time together.

In countless instances across the nation daily, cat owners may move to a new property long after the adoption to find that animals are not allowed. While it is recommended that you find a place that allows animals, there are times when this is not possible. If there is a possibility of moving in the coming years, it may not be the best time to adopt an animal, until you find a home that you own, or allows animals.

While cats are considered to be generally lower maintenance than dogs as pets, there are important factors to think about before deciding to adopt a cat. By doing so, you can ensure that both the adoption and time with your cat is long and meaningful together.