Happy Thanksgiving from Paws for Reflection
What are your cats thankful for this Thanksgiving? At the Paws household, we are thankful to get this photo, as our kitties have not been getting along so well lately. It’s calmed down a bit, but there is still a lot of growling and hissing, rather than playing. It all happened out of the blue, when in mid-October, we heard this blood curdling scream from my Siamese, Linus. It was like a feral cat fight outside. Yellow and Lenny were chasing after him like he was prey.
What happened? We’re bit sure, but we’re happy to get this photo of these 2 kitties having a truce. Please share your thoughts. Happy Thanksgiving.
This Korat is showing just how active he can be. What’s your favorite breed, or is your favorite, the ones that you have at home?
There’s no doubt cat and dog overpopulation is a huge problem, so much so that some animal advocacy organizations call it a national crisis: a crisis that could be averted by on having the pet spayed or neutered.
Cats are particularly hard-wired to reproduce, according to Stephanie Heikkinen DMV, of Maine Wood Mobile Vet, Livermore Falls, Maine. A cat can have a litter of kittens two to three times a year with up to six kittens in each litter, resulting in quite a few extra kittens. Each kitten can have a litter at six months. The results are exponential with one cat with an average of 2.8 kittens per litter.
For dogs, the numbers are smaller, but still overwhelming. One dog’s offspring can result in 4,372 dogs in seven years. But chances are they don’t all survive. If they survive kittenhood or puppyhood, many succumb to illness, neglect, predators, or end up being euthanized in shelters around the country.
Mallory Kerley, Media Coordinator of the ASPCA, says, “It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates indicate there are up to 70 million cats. The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year with the average litter being from four to six kittens. An average dog produces one litter a year with four to six puppies.
Yet, only ten percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, she said. About 75 percent of owned pets are neutered. The ASPCA estimates that five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.
National Feral Cat Day marks its 15th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Inspired by this year’s theme, Evolution of the Cat Revolution, supporters are committing to make their own evolution in working toward animal control and sheltering practices that protect the lives of all cats with over 700 events worldwide.
In a press release, Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, the advocacy organization that established National Feral Cat Day, said, ‘Our incredible success in promoting Trap-Neuter-Return for feral cats as a mainstream practice has saved countless lives, but there’s more to be done. We encourage cat advocates to continue with their own local evolution by taking the next step. It could be neutering a cat, speaking at a community meeting or spearheading a campaign for a local Trap-Neuter-Return ordinance. There’s always room to grow.’
Despite all the research supporting how effective TNR programs are, many municipalities scorn its effectiveness, and look at controversial means like eradicating feral cat colonies, by moving them, or worse, euthanizing them. That’s why Paws for Reflection wants to focus on this all important day. It’s not a day, it’s a movement that needs to stay front and center.
Community cats are in trouble. Cat overpopulation is a huge problem not only in the United States, but worldwide.
We are happy to highlight this all important day. More than 1,500 events have taken place on this day since 2011. Volunteers are organizing spay/neuter clinics, arranging educational sessions, encouraging official governmental proclamations, and raising funds to support local Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs. Hundreds of these local, volunteer-driven events are listed on nationalferalcatday.org, which also has ideas that people can use to celebrate in their own communities.
The New England Meow Outfit’s third CFA Cat Show in Sturbridge, MA was tons of fun. Not only did Paws’ Mum get to see some stunning cats, we also witnessed the Costume Contest for the Cats and their Humans.