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:
* 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.