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Humane societies see influx of kittens Submitted: 10/21/2014

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NORTHWOODS - We know fall for pumpkins, football, and falling leaves but it's also known for kittens.

Shelters in northcentral Wisconsin refer to both fall and spring as "kitten season."

The Oneida County Humane Society has already found homes for 30 kittens just in the last month.

Right now the adoption center has 25 kittens.

Twenty more kittens are in foster homes.

They're part of the more than 75 cats the humane society is caring for.

Many of the kittens that come in aren't from feral cats, but rather from unwanted litters.

"This time of year it gets cold outside so the people see that the kitties are outside and want to bring them in," said Oneida County Humane Society Director Bria Swartout.

The Oneida County Humane Society isn't alone.

Humane societies in neighboring counties have also seen a large increase in the number of kittens they've gotten in this season.

Langlade County has 81 kittens.

Lincoln County has 46 kittens (that's more than half of all the cats they're caring for).

Taylor County has 40 kittens.

Vilas County has 27 kittens.

Forest County has 15 kittens.

Most of those adoption centers rely on foster homes to help care for some of the kittens.

"Sometimes the smaller kitties, kitties under 8 weeks that are not ready for homes, don't do well in the shelter environment and can get sick with the upper respiratory [illness] that the other cats get so we have to find foster homes that understand how to bottle feed the kittens," Swartout explained.

It's also more difficult to find homes for kittens this time of year.

"Often times in the fall, things kind of slow down with the amount of people that come in because school activities start. So the fall is often harder for us to place the cats," Swartout added.

But many kittens will find homes.

"Kittens always go a lot faster than the adult cats. But often times we just have so many kittens that some of them do grow up in shelters," Swartout said.

Like all cats that come into the Oneida County Humane Society, kittens need to be spayed or neutered, de-wormed, vaccinated, and tested for feline leukemia.

There are a lot of kittens and cats throughout northcentral Wisconsin in need of loving homes.

You can find links to local humane societies' websites below.

Related Weblinks:
Forest County Humane Society
Langlade County Humane Society
Lincoln County Humane Society
Humane Society of Marathon County
Oneida County Humane Society
Taylor County Humane Society
Vilas County Humane Society

Story By: Lauren Stephenson

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