Kitten season, runs from April to October in the Algarve.
During this time of year, sadly, we are overwhelmed with cats and kittens. So despite an active TNR Programme we have a mountain of a task ahead of us.
Many people don’t realise cats are almost as prolific as rabbits when it comes to reproducing. An intact female cat can become pregnant at 5 months of age, and can have multiple litters a year. Each litter is typically 4 to 6 kittens, so just one mother cat can bring 12 to 18 kittens into the world every year of her life.
During this time of year, it’s not unusual to encounter either a nest of kittens or a single kitten, and no mother cat in sight. Upon seeing such a tiny, defenseless creature, your first instinct may be to scoop him up and take him somewhere safe. However, that’s not the best course of action in every case.
Where Is the Mother Cat?
It’s possible you’ve come across the kitten(s) while mom is off hunting. Or perhaps she’s moving her litter, kitten by kitten, to another location. So the first thing you should do is try to determine if the mother cat is coming back.
You’ll need to get far enough away from the kittens that mom can’t sense