Every year, from spring through late summer, AHS is inundated with teeny, tiny kittens! It’s Kitten Season, and over the next few months we will welcome hundreds of newborn kittens into our shelter. These babies require constant care and support, and they are the most fragile animals we serve. Our shelter staff members and dedicated foster caregivers are working around the clock to make sure these kittens grow big and strong.
Keep reading to follow the epic journey from kitten to cat!
At just one week old, the kitten’s eyes aren’t quite open yet and their ears are still folded. These babies require bottle feeding every few hours, and will rely on their human caretakers for everything from keeping warm to going to the bathroom for the next few weeks.
At two to three weeks, the kitten’s eyes will open and their first teeth will start to come in. They will discover the litter box and toys as they take their first tottering steps. They are growing fast, and still need bottle feedings every few hours.
At four to five weeks, kittens will start weaning onto solid food and the rest of their teeth come in. Their vision will improve and they’ll start walking confidently.This picture shows the difference just a few weeks can make!
At six to eight weeks, kittens will start transitioning to their adult eye color. They will be more coordinated and playful. Once they are big enough, they will be spayed and neutered, and ready for adoption!
Throughout Kitten Season (April-September), we will be working to raise funds and gather much-needed supplies to enable our team to help these kittens make their journey to adulthood.
Do you want to help us provide the critical support these kittens will need in the coming months? Consider becoming a Kitten Season sponsor! This year, we are offering four sponsorship opportunity levels:
Sponsor a kennel in our Kitten Nursery for the 2023 Kitten Season and receive monthly updates on the adoptable kittens that call your kennel their temporary home!
Celebrate the season with lots of kitten cuddles at your own kitten party hosted at AHS! Choose a date between April 1st and September 1st for you and you friends to snuggle with some adorable kittens.
Sponsor a momma cat in our care during the 2023 Kitten Season and receive adorable photos and updates to share!
Sponsor the care for a bottle baby during the 2023 Kitten Season and receive adorable photos to share far and wide!
The Kitten Season fun continues with our 2nd Annual Whiskers & Wine event! Come sip on some delicious wines and snuggle some kittens!
Help us raise funds for all the teeny, tiny kittens the Austin Humane Society will serve over the next couple months by purchasing a ticket to our 2nd Annual Whiskers & Wine event! Join us on Thursday, May 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the future home of AHS (7625 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78752), and taste wine from multiple local wineries while snuggling with some adorable kittens. With your ticket you’ll receive a commemorative tasting glass to use as you taste your way through wines from 12 FIRES Winery, Adega Vinho, Barons Creek Vineyards and Fiesta Winery. Light bites will be provided as well as some delicious desserts from Nate’s Baked Goods. Tickets are limited, so make sure to get yours soon!