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2 Uncontrolled Breeding Cats

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Did you know that two uncontrolled breeding cats, plus all of their kittens and all of their kitten’s kittens equals more than 80 million cats over a ten year period?

I wish I were making this up.  By not spaying or neutering your cats, you are contributing to the overpopulation problem in our shelters and rescues.

I am a cat person. My two kittens are sitting on my desk right now. On Valentine’s Day, I am taking my two kittens to the vet to be spayed. It is one of the kindest things to do.

American Humane Association
When I adopted my cats, Chai and Karma, the shelter gave me a fact sheet from American Humane Association. In the first year, two uncontrolled breeding cats can have two litters per year and between two and eight kittens per litter. They have a ten year breeding life.  In the first year they can have up to 12 kittens. From then on it goes:

 * Second Year: 66 kittens

* Third Year: 382 kittens

* Fourth Year: 2,201 kittens

* Fifth Year: 12,680 kittens

* Sixth Year: 73,041 kittens

*Seventh Year: 420,715 kittens

* Eighth Year: 2,423,316 kittens

* Ninth Year: 13,968,290 kittens

* Tenth Year: 80,399,780 kittens

Please support TNR (Trap Neuter Return), share this post, and tell your friends and family members to spay and neuter their pets.

10 comments to 2 Uncontrolled Breeding Cats

  • Rhonda

    I practice TNR on a weekly basis. It’s a no-brainer, and it works! The cats are healthier, and they get to live. A feral cat entering a shelter has essentially a zero chance of making it out alive. Get them fixed and let them live. Fix every “community” cat you can!

  • Carol

    Michele, These numbers are staggering!

  • Meryl

    I practice TNR in my neighborhood, and we see a significant decline of ferals.

  • Rory

    I wish everyone would endorse and practice TNR. It works.

  • Heidi

    We know TNR works, and that it is essential to spay/neuter our pets. Imagine if we did that: there would be less euthanizing at shelters, and there would be less homeless pets. The world would be a better place.

  • my husband and I try to control the population on our block…got the most pampered ferals around :)

  • I know you do. I wish more people were like you and your hubby!–Best, Michele

  • we run a community fostercare network in Victoria, Australia (victoriandogrescue.org.au) We run small desexing programs in rural victoria for the animals of concession card holders and also a pound subsidy program to enable more cats to be released vetworked at a hugely discounted price to new owners. We were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the government to extend our program. If people are feeding ‘stray’ cats we urge them to desex them and then keep feeding them. TNR does work.

  • Tom

    This figures also take in the number of strays on the streets. I heard that there are so many stray cats on the streets that it is impossible to record all of them.

  • John

    Crazy numbers. WE should all spay and neuter out cats and dogs. Thanks!