How many cats can come from one cat show on cat pyramid chart

How many cats can come from one cat shown on cat pyramid chart

How many cats can come about from one cat in 7 years? Can it really be 420,000 kittens? The numbers are exponential, but one needs to take pause when throwing out what the numbers because they may not be valid.

It’s important to shock people into understanding how explosive pet overpopulation is, but it’s also a good idea to be as factual as possible because misleading information has a way of coming back to haunt you, kind of like the adage, what comes around, goes around.

How many cats can come from one cat : 10 million in 9 years?

When I wrote an article on pet overpopulation last fall, the local shelter kindly gave me a chart, showing the unbelievable extent of cat and dog overpopulation. The numbers on the chart indicated each kitten can have a litter at 6-months. The results are exponential with one cat having an average of 2.8 kittens per litter creating over 11,606,077 kittens within 9 years if left unchecked.

The chart for dogs was similarly disturbing. One dog’s offspring can result in 4,372 dogs in 7 years. I, for one, was stunned. I knew unchecked, they could have a lot of kittens and pups, but not quite this many. I also learned that while the mating season has traditionally been from March to October, it’s getting longer. Some have reported, mating season never stops, and is perpetual year round.

The numbers represented in this chart are indicative of a perfect world, and we live in anything but a perfect world, especially for cats, dogs and other companion animals.  The charts are effective. They do make an impression. They make people think about why it is so important to spay/neuter their pets.

Cat Little Yellow ponders do these cat overpopulation pyramid charts shock people into taking spay/neuter seriously?

Cat Little Yellow ponders how many cats can come from one cat.

They are not totally deceitful because if every cat survived, they would be on target. But they don’t. Kittens die when they are born. They die from disease. If they are allowed to roam outside, they are victim to predators and accidents. If they end up in shelters, they are many times euthanized. The numbers for feral cats, cited below, are much more grim.

Alison Grasheim, Deputy Director of Communications, Alley Cat Allies, a national feral cat rescue, advocacy organization, shared the following information. “More than 70 percent of cats who enter our animal control and sheltering system are killed there. For feral cats, that number rises to virtually 100 percent. Spay/neuter is one part of many things communities can do to stop killing animals.

Is it realistic to think over 11 millions cats can come from one cat in 9 years? Hundreds of media reports have repeated that startling stat — in the past month alone. It also turns up on many websites for animal advocacy groups who want to see more aggressive spaying and neutering, and urge people to adopt more cats.

I did some digging, and discovered that no one wanted to claim ownership of this stray stat. The number is often attributed to the Humane Society of the United States, which lists it on a page of stats on the Humane Society’s website. But the group told me it’s not the source of the figure.

She goes on to say that even though no one claimed responsibility for creating the charts and stats, it’s been used as an advocacy tool for spaying/neutering cats for at least 18 years. Well let’s add another 6 to that to bring us into 2012, and make it 24 years.

It’s pretty obvious that this chart is theoretical, based on each female cat living to reproduce and each and every one of her offspring continuing to reproduce for all 7 or 9 years. If cats are feral, that is never going to happen. And even with our domestic free roaming, or even inside cats, not every cat will survive to a comfortable old age.

Cat overpopulation chart unbelievable and baseless

“The much-repeated quote that one female cat can produce 420,000 kittens in just 7 years is unbelievable and baseless. No science supports this projection, only hunches. Science disproves this projection by factoring in true birth rates along with newborn and juvenile mortality. According to wildlife biologists, the reproductive and offspring mortality rates of free-roaming cats are similar to wild carnivores. One female cat averages six kittens per year and 75% of her kittens die before reproductive age. When using these criteria, math experts calculate that one female cat and her offspring will produce 100 cats in seven years, assuming that all adult cats remain alive for all seven years. Although still an overestimate, this figure is far less daunting and realistic.”

However, these numbers would not be applicable to many free roaming cats, that are not feral (wild cats that live in colonies). Many people, especially those that live in rural America, take the chance of letting their kitty out for a little fresh air, corralling them back to safety for the evening. It would appear these cats would have a much higher mortality rate. And of course, there’s the cats that only live inside, and they live even longer, up to 20 or more years.

Mallory Kesley, Media Coordinator of the ASPCA, shared this information. “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 1 to 2 a year with the average litter being from 4 to 6 kittens. An average dog produces 1 litter a year with 4 to 6 puppies.

Yet, only 10 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.

Cat overpopulation pyramid chart shocks people into thinking about spay/neuter

The cat overpopulation pyramid chart has shocked people into thinking about spay/neuter, and it’s the only thing that makes people sit up and take notice.

The cat overpopulation pyramid chart shocks people into thinking about spay/neuter, and may be the only thing that makes people sit up and take notice.

Whether the chart is accurate or not, it bring credence to the fact that cat overpopulation is a huge issue, and all we need to do is make sure we spay/neuter our pet to avert this national crisis.

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What do you think about these charts? Should shelters and animal rescue groups continue to use these statistics, even though they are flawed?

 

 

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15 Responses to How many cats can come about from one cat? Take pause before throwing out the numbers

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  3. False data helps no one. The shelters should present more honest figures.

    • BJ says:

      I think they are trying to make a point for spay/neuter,but it would be better if the numbers were more real.

      • Adam says:

        Actually false data does far more then just not hurt whatever is being presented & discredits the user/recipient…

        Reality is as a society & individuals, we need to resolve the existing companion animal crisis & stop creating endless suffering within a corrupted systems of breeding & “rescuing” animals!!!

        The truth is, neutering/spaying animals is brutal, inhumane & cruel practice & should be stopped (outside medical need)!

        We have better ways of controlling animal population such as tubal ligation & vasectomies… Absolutely none of the rationales behind the spay/neuter campaign stands up to the slightest questioning…

        Since when do we recommend surgery as a solution to training issues??? My guy is unaltered, never bred, no opps pregnancies & will get his vasectomy next week at 9 months…

        I have owned plenty of dogs, several unaltered throughout life & all but 2 were unaltered until at least 2… I have never once had an opps pregnancies or caused one… NEVER!!!

        Never even close, despite which my animals have been well handled, trained, socialized & behaved, still no opps…

        I have even had fertile females in heat around fertile males; yet while insane & probably a little stupid, I’ve never came close to an opps breeding, much less an opps pregnancy!

        It comes down to properly handling your animals 100% of the time… & if you can’t be certain of that (really even then) you should fix your animal so they can’t get pregnant.

        The really horrible strike against total neuter/spay is that we have a genetic bottle neck occurring that such an approach makes far, far worse…

        With vasectomies/tubal ligation, if they turn out to be an ideal breeding animal worth breeding, it likely can be reversed, whereas neuter/spay is irreversible & needlessly destructive!

        The only advantage of spay/neuter is a hack can do them very quickly… Though a spay is about equal for a competent professional… That can only be about profit!

        Beyond the actuality of surgical procedures… The real solutions to the crisis is simple but brutal…

        Sadly as brutal as the solution is, it is no where near as brutal as the reality that strays live every day & we all turn our backs on…

        We have this rosy, sanitized, Disney inspired view of nature… It’s not pretty, it’s not nice or fun…

        It’s brutally hard, full of pain, suffering, hardship, insufficiency, constant fear of death, followed by an untimely, painful death young…

        Sadly the end is no less horrific but it is an end… Everything prior has been the most obviously incompetent ways with the equality obvious reality that nothing done was expected to do anything but profit off of it…

        The solution is to systematically search our entire communities for any feral or ownerless animal (apart from wildlife) & remove the animal from the streets…

        Once done, they must assess the chances the animal can safely & responsibly be homed, if possible &/or an owned animal, they can be kept with an effort to home…

        If the animal is unable to be homed, it must be euthanized as humanely as possible as quickly as possible because every second they are caught is cruelly terrifying for the creature initially…

        The only justification for such trauma is that they are getting a better life through this… Otherwise, the only humane answer is death because letting them to stay homeless or in a cage is a far, far greater offense…

        Sadly that means that a lot of good animals will be killed but that equally means that a lot of animals will be put out of their misery…

        The absolute worst thing that could be done is to just let them rot to death in a cage, or worse provide the bare essentials for life but let them live out their lives in a cage!!!

        Beyond that we need serious legal reform so that all animal owners must microchip their animals & if they can not keep it, they must surrender the animal to proper authorities…

        We must shut down the puppy mills unconditionally… Make it mandatory to get a license to breed where they are tested to insure competence & understanding of the purposes of breeding, I.e. To improve further generations of animals & to meet established need/homes for those babies after properly checking the parentage/lines…

        From there we need to require those animals that are not suited for breeding fixed by vasectomy or tubal ligation…

        In addition, we must require that anyone wanting to get an animal must agree to provide appropriate care for the animal…

        Our currently laws about animal cruelty are a joke that no l seriously… That is doubly bad because those that will hurt animals typically are hurting or will hurt other people also, especially kids!!!

        While I am not always stereotypedly nice to animals, I always provide the best possible care…

        I have been accused of animal cruelty before because I have a service dog & he walks beside my chair, occasionally carrys stuff for me or picks stuff up, gets my meds, etc. or because grew wears a prong/ shock collar & occasionally needs a correction…

        Every time I was vindicated, I never let them carry too much weight, always start slow/light & never before fully grown… I never ask them to pick up anything dangerous like pennies, drugs, etc…

        My chair can’t go faster then 5km/h (the real crime is I can’t go fast enough for the dog)…

        While I use a prong & shock collar… The reality is in the hands of a humane, competent trainer such tools are far more humane & less destructive then the common tools such a flat collar, haltie, harness, etc… In the hands of a skilled operator, it can be far gentler & easily understood…

        It’s true that anything in the hands of an abusive person can be used to hurt an animal… But that does not mean it’s automatically abusive in a humane person’s hands!

        The reality is that most disabled people are simply incapable of stopping their large service dogs, if they were to ever go nuts… The prong collar ensures that the disabled person can stop their large service dog if they ever lost it!

        It is a critical aid to ensure the disabled person meets the basic standards put upon them to always be in control of their animal…

        However, in addition to being able to be a source of considerable force/ control; it’s also an incredibly fine communication tool…

        All it takes is the slightest touch of the leash (without any correction) to say hey, I am doing something or need you… It enables them to clearly learn how to work nearby.

        I can count on 1 hands the times this last month (24/7 practically) I have needed to use anything above a 5 out of 100… Even then, it’s only maybe a 10… I can only think of 3 times in the entire 7 months I’ve had this pup that I’ve even reached 15… 2 of those were his discovering the prong…

        Naturally the prongs are dull & engineered to never go towards the dog… The best are H&K stainless steel prongs with dead & live rings… It must be properly fitted, sited & sized (light as possible). I have zero affiliations with H&K, I just respect the product, especially since almost all the mimics I’ve seen are potentially dangerous at best…

        The same thing can be said for the shock collar, in fair hands it’s no more then a tickle. I say this as a person who has frequently used such to the maximum on myself & had everyone I taught do the same so that they accurately knew what they are doing to the animal.

        The goal as in all training is to get a baseline of the minimum required to get the slightest reaction, twitch ear, looking up, etc; then from there, you do absolutely nothing with it.

        For the 1st few months, you don’t use it at all… Then after you have fully trained the animal nearby in a way that the animal 100% knows what’s expected…

        Either they do as requested & get a reward or they refuse & you give a min correction & repeat, if they don’t on a 3Rd time, you can give a slightly larger correction (still mild)…

        If that fails, you can use your body & leash to position into correct response to reward. Otherwise, if still fails, other tasks the animal knows easily should be cycled quickly to rescue the situation.

        Attempt to repeat the problematic command & if fails a 2nd time, then either distraction need to be reduced, alternative commands can be focused on, or further basic training is required.

        It is really that simple, yes there is correction but all correction need not be bad! It’s just about practice & relationship…

        I can walk in (or at least I could before the wheelchair, now I roll) & the out of control dog typically calms right down & listens respectfully…

        For a few simple reasons,

        1st- I am deliberately easy to read for the animal…

        2nd- I am not overtly threaten & avoid all sudden movements. I never approach without per/invitation…

        3rd- I am intensely calm, centered, dominant without being a bully, patient, respectful, gentle yet unmovable… I move at whatever pace the animal offers…

        4th- I’m wholly confident that I could easily kill the animal, if such a need ever arose… & typical animals automatically recognize that…

        If the animal tries to take me on, they lose & I show them they can’t take me without doing unnecessary injury or harm… But any animal that thinks they can take on a human is very dangerous!

        Animals don’t respect meekness & weakness, they respect strength… If they don’t think you are strong enough, they will challenge you, beat you to take over command of the situation & need to be killed or retrained to avoid disaster!

        Very few trainers are capable of retraining an animal that knows it’s power & has used it against a human. Especially one that is interested in being in charge… Frankly, the vast majority have no desire or ability to be in charge but they all will of allowed to.

        They are not furry little people or your baby, this is not bambi or utopia, they are animals & treating them as anything else does only a disservice & abuse to the animal & create problems between the people & animals… It’s wholly unfair to do so as that’s a role that animal is bound to fail at & the cost of that is death in our society…

        I love animals, my entire life is animals… I’ve had a service dog by my side for the majority of my existence & numerous pets prior/since. I have always given my animals the best possible life I could!

        I have literally gone without food just to make sure my guy ate the best meat/ diet possible! I was not satisfied with all the commercial harness designs available, so I invented & hand made kangaroo leather reinforced with nylon core custom harness for my dogs…

        I was not satisfied with the commercially available sizes of crates for dogs, so I custom built a 7’x7’x7′ raised crate/dog house & dedicated an entire room of my home just for him!

        He travels with me everywhere, he sees the world & is loved by all who knows him, he drinks filtered water & the best food in the funniest toys, he gets the best health care money can buy, he gets to walk about 4hrs/10km a day, play with other dogs most days, play with me all the time…

        My dog costs me roughly +$6,000 a year & is valued at over $100,000 (my giant mutt @ 9 months)! My guys have the equivalence of 3 years of professional training 24/7 & by the end of the training are worth around $250,000!

        My last full service dog understood over 10,000 words (I lost count after about 8,000 @ 6 years old & he lived to 14 years… He could basically understand rudimentary English competently with basic grammar & all…

        He was taught verbs, then nouns, then adverbs & adjectives, then stringing together into sentences like “get the red ball fast” “give the black toy to Tom slow” or “bring mom to sister”, “get me the red cup & coke from fridge & recycle empty” etc…

        These are magnificent, beautiful, loving creatures that are capable of much of the same things humans can do & for which we pronounce ourselves so special for…

        We have no great difference between us & the rest of the animals… Realistically we are really just another animal… Yes, at times we excel & show ourselves capable of amazing things… But the rest of the animal kingdom also has moments that exceeds humans in their abilities… Neither makes either better then the other!

        As a society we need to step up & recognize that animals don’t exist for our entertainment or utility… Yes, we all must eat but that does not excuse tolerating, much less condoning the atrocities we commit against nature/animals…

        There is zero reason we could not create a system that produced sufficient food for all our needs without torturing innocent animals! There’s also zero reason that we could not create a system that does the same without unholy alterations & poisoning everything with poison!

        We only do it for profit/wealth/power… But the real profit/wealth/power is not in the disgraceful treatment of other animals! It’s in our decision to take back our world & finally start doing what we should do not what will make a select few rich/wealthy/powerful!

        If we stopped focusing on who has the most to detriments of all else & just did what we all know is the right thing to do, then we could create a world where everyone was wealthier/richer/more powerful then any single one of us was ever before!

        The sky truly is the limits, once we unchain ourselves from our misguided oppressors… I understand that it can be scary because it’s new & unknown… But the reality is that all the known options suck!

        All the current parties have innumerable times proven they can’t be trusted to do anything except fail miserably & steal enormous sums in the process! There is not a single politician involved in the system that has not shown the best they can offer is mediocrity & incompetence!

        The system & leadership is irrevocably corrupted… Normally you can not even run without being picked & puppetted from the powers that be…

        There’s no one in the system that is at all willing to fix anything or change anything, even if there’s no alternative or its the worst possible choice!

        You could prove there’s an asteroid about to hit the earth, thus kill us all that they can stop by just not sticking their finger in their eye… & they would proceed to immediately stick their finger in their eye…

        They are being deliberately destructive, there can be no other explanation for the countless times they all have failed miserably & fact that there is nothing in recent mom that they have done remotely well, much less properly! Every project is tainted with corruption & incompetence, every time it has cost far, far more then ever disclosed!

        It’s become insultingly obvious of that fact!

        The sad part is none of these animals choose or wanted to be in this situation, they didn’t ask to be born… They are innocent victims in the power games the powers that be are playing…

        The existing animal crisis exists because greedy people wanted to make money at any cost & equally greedy people agreed to look the other way so they could both line their pockets!

        Why else would it be that the single largest source of suffering animals pour out of these mills unrestricted by any meaningful limits leaving countless animals suffering in their wake? Yet, nothing has ever been done about it?

        Heck, it’s easier to have a puppy mill then any other livestock & there is also far less oversight & accountability or basic standards for a puppy mill then any other farmed animal!

        How can we treat man’s best friends with such cruelty & disrespect?

        Sadly, the “Radical Canadian Reform” party is, to date, the only political party committed to reforming not just our animal welfare crisis, but all the issues one by one, systematically & methodically!

        The majority of the time, the solution is not that difficult or unknown, it’s frequently more obvious then a monkey’s red butt! It just comes down to being committed to fixing things once & for all!

        For example, in less than a month & a tiny fraction of existing costs, we can cure the majority of infections easily, quickly & cheaply with no side effects or treatment resistance…

        For a small fraction of existing costs, in less then 10 years we could have a universally accessible, public transit system capable of doing from anywhere in Canada to anywhere in Canada (I’m Canadian) in less then 24hrs…

        In less than 3 years & small increase in pay (overall reduction in costs), we can eliminate wait times in medicine & ensure every one has a family doctor…

        For a small fraction of existing costs, in 6 months with nearly no changes to every day life, we could entirely cease dependence on fossil fuels & be entirely supplied by renewable algae biofuel…

        That’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible… The only thing stopping us is a corrupted governance & the learned helplessness that the corrupted system caused…

        Once people wake up & realize that there’s so much more that’s possible if they put the infighting & selfish greed aside… Then with a single voice united, say enough is enough & demand better!

        The government, politicians & powers that be are not going to change until we force them to… They are too afraid, comfortable & corrupted to accomplish anything!

        We, the people must step up to be the change we want… We must recognize that the enemy is not each other or so called key issues… It is incompetence, ineptitude, greed, nepotism, arrogance, self entitled, abusive, corruption, mediocrity, laziness, stagnancy, etc…

        All it takes is to vote in the coming elections that we are done being their victims & are making our stand here… Enough is enough!

        Adam

        P.S. Sorry for the length, brevity has never been my strong suit… 🙂

  4. Daniel says:

    i’ve just seen one of those scheme before. and it made no sense whatsoever.

    just think about it,cats exists since earth day 1, and Sterilization is a fairly new technique (i’d give it less than 100 years since it has been used on cats) so if it’s true that a couple of cats can generate +26k cats in 4 years, by now, we’d be literally covered in cats.

    • Adam says:

      While the numbers are exaggerated, the problem is real…

      Cats did not exist as we know them since day 1, nor did they exist in any manner in many places…

      The fact remains that cats are the single most destructive creatures after humans on this planet! They are literally exterminating entire species across the globe! Countless extinctions in countless species have occurred directly due to cats overwhelming foreign environment…

      Outside of Europe, possibly parts of Asia or Africa, cats are just not native to the environment & are causing massive destruction. Even worse still, is feral cats & far, far worse still is colonies of feral cats! They can quite literally eat out the entire community of all small creatures!

      The devastation is incredible & inescapable… For that matter, all feral cats & the vast majority of “outdoor” cats live pretty awful lives filled with pain, fear, violence, killing & death…
      There’s no pretty, pretend Disney life they lead… Most are hit by cars, disease or as the supper of larger predators…

      What life is that for the cat or its victims? Remember of course, the cat is the only creature other then man to kill for pleasure, to attack for no reason, torture for entertainment & then leave the creature to die of its injuries uneaten… Each cat typically kills & maims hundreds & hundreds of small animals every year…

      On the other hand, the only way to keep a cat indoors is through surgical alteration & keeping the poor creature penned up against their nature! The cruelty of that is equally bad…

      Worse still yet, cats are the root vectors of very serious infectious diseases that are becoming very, very serious & reaching pandemic proportions.

      This disease causes human women to miscarry & deliver deformed babies… In other animals, the effects are varied but cats are largely unaffected by the infection but are prolific carriers.

      Even worse, they have spread the infection to the wildlife & especially raccoons… Unfortunately, it is impossible to avoid being in contact with raccoon urine/feeces…

      Originally pregnant women could avoid cats/litter boxes, but with transmission to raccoons, it’s not all around us & unavoidable! This will cause an epidemic of new infections eventually…

      This is just the tip of the iceberg… I like cats as much as the next person but we have to stop this before the cats truly screw us all over!

      OK, I can accept if you just must have a cat, fine, put the animal on a leash & take it outside or build a secure large outdoor pen that nothing can get in or out of… But don’t just let it wander unsupervised or controlled!

      No exception, you must secure your animals from any opps pregnancies! I don’t care how you do it, I prefer vasectomies/tubal ligation but there’s loads of options… Pick one but don’t just wait for kittens to start sprouting from everywhere!

      Trust me, even if it’s just 1 & she can have 8+ babies, 6 months later the kittens can each have 8+ babies, no matter what the actual number it gets out of hand very fast… Just as the innumerable amount of panicked people who feed a stray cat quickly discover!

      The other issue is if you have cats, you will attract neighborhood feral cats straight to your door at all hours screaming, it’s hideous! Every time you feed 1 stray cat, others will follow!

      In addition, if you have cats, you will attract all the neighborhood rodents… Wait a minute, what’s that??? Don’t cats kill rodents, yes & no… They do prey occasionally on rodents but mostly the small ones, huge rats not so much!

      More importantly, it’s been proven that rats are frequently infested by a parasite that controls their brains & makes them attracted to the odor of cat urine to complete it’s life cycle! Thus many diseased rats will be attracted to whatever the cats are…

      As it turns out, cats & rats are inextricably linked in a common life cycle that results in the fact that if you have cats, you have rats… That’s not to say that you can’t get rats without cats but it’s not the same…

      More importantly, a good rat dog is far more effective at controlling pest populations, specifically target pests not nontarget species, they kill cleanly, humanely & can be trained not to eat it to prevent disease transmission & they don’t torture for amusement…

      They will keep a property free of pests for the occasional loving pat & bowl of food! They also will not attract pests & actually repells them! There’s really no legit reason that anyone needs a cat…

      I understand that some just like cats & if so fine, but don’t make the rest of the world suffer for your amusement! Keep your cat indoors, in a secure outdoor pen or on a leash under your control.

      I should not have to fear my pregnant wife (hypothetical, I have no wife) might get a disease that causes her to miscarry or deliver a deformed baby because you didn’t care enough to keep your animal under your control & not using my garden as their bathroom!

      Nor should me or my dog have to come outside to discover his pet wild bunny that lived under our deck mauled & shredded into tiny pieces spread over our yard because you want your cat to experience the outdoors! (actually happened, I can still see my pup with the bunny’s hind quarters crying because his friends was gone!)

      It is not a right to have any animal you want & it’s certainly not a right to be allowed to do whatever you want with that animal while all else be dammed!

      Yes, for a considerable amount of time cats have evolved next to humans in some places… But that does not excuse willfully ignoring reality & harm done…

      If we don’t entirely eliminate all feral cats, we will be in considerable trouble & more importantly, it will be a terrible disgrace & national shame!

      We must stop treating feral cats like a cash cow to just get free kittens from! Besides, just about no sane human wants a feral cat! They are insane & completely unmanageable!

      I had a rescued feral kitten for a short time & it was the worst decision I have ever made… The kitten basically screamed near continuously, never could be house broken, sprayed everywhere, couldn’t be alone for a second, was scared of the dark, uggg… It was awful!!!

      Literally all night, every night it screamed continuously! It took me about 4 weeks to give up & find a no kill shelter to give it to… Now, if I ever find a feral cat in need, I’m taking it to the vet to be euthanized.

      It took the rescue months to find a home, the cat never adapted to domestic life & was returned & rehomed multiple times before living with an angel foster…

      The kitten would of been better off dead! The rescue wasted loads of resources & money on a case with no hope of success, they lost a great foster because the cat couldn’t be around other animals… It was just a fiasco all around!

      There’s so many great, needy animals that deserves great forever homes but not enough homes to go around… To lose 1 home for a single animal that otherwise could take several personal animals & the odd foster is a waste. For that 1 insane cat, several good animals lost a home! How does that make sense?

      I would love to be able to offer perfect forever homes to every animal in need but it’s just not possible. We have to make wise choices with finite resources & at this time we don’t have the resources to insure every animal in need has a good home!

      So we can’t rightfully blow all the resources on 1 or a few intractable cases! We owe a duty to all animals to do our best with what we have & sometimes that means fighting like hell for a good one & giving the intractable one a final mercy by euthanizing them!

      Adam

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  6. Chris says:

    Statements provided need to backed up with facts. Just because the ASPCA, or HSUS, PETA, etc, says something doesn’t mean it’s true:

    “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.”

    Actual data provided by independent sources shows there are several times more people looking to add a pet to their family than there are pets being killed in U.S. shelters every year. These are people who haven’t yet decided where they will get their new pet from. The notion that there “aren’t enough homes” doesn’t really hold up too well.

    See this article by Christie Keith from the SF Gate, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2007/10/02/petscol.DTL

    • BJ says:

      Chris:
      Do you have more up to date information on your post. This is something I’d like to follow up on. Thanks for posting.

  7. Hello! I really like your website!! I will definitely return soon.

  8. Kent Butler says:

    NO these spurious numbers should not be used. Citing / using information one knows to be false just to make a point – any point – is irresponsible and unprofessional. You don’t want to sound like a political hack, we’ve got too many of those. (I used those numbers, too, until I discovered they are false.)

    • Adam says:

      Thanks for standing up for the truth… It’s too easy to just ignore the issues & it takes guts to admit that you were wrong…

      I know I’ve been guilty at times in the past for using other bad data & it really does discredit us all when we allow it…

      Frankly, those numbers, assuming well nourished with no restrictions on food supply & basic human intervention, those numbers can skyrocket… Buy reality is not all survive, fewer still make it to breeding age & diseases/starvation rata go up with population density…

      But no matter how we slice it, no matter how we look at it, the situation quickly gets out of control & becomes unmanageable…

      It’s just a matter of time! As every person who ever tried to feed a feral cat quickly discovers, it does not matter if 1 cat can produce 100 or 100,000,000, it’s still equally disaster, unmanageable & shameful!

      The idea of TNR is ridiculous, if neutered/spayed, they are just usurped by another feral cat & often killed… Not to mention that it is an outright disgrace & tragedy that we actually return domestic animals never intended to be homeless back to the hell of the street!

      That along makes TNR completely immoral… If we did that with any other animal, it would abandonment & criminal abuse charges would be coming, along with public outrage!

      At least have the decency to give them a final mercy & euthanize them! Then at least their suffering is at an end & people can’t continue to profit off them with free kittens to sell!

      Adam

  9. Andrea Dorn says:

    Great topic, one that definitely needs discussing!

    I remember seeing this chart waaaaaaay back in the ’70s when I first entered the veterinary field as a vet tech. I didn’t believe it then. Now that I’ve had experience with pedigreed cat breeding and feral cat colonies I know that many kittens die if they are even born alive.

    I had one feral cat that could never raise a single litter past the age of 6 weeks until I finally caught her. When she had her last litter they all became extremely ill at 6 weeks of age and I nursed them back to health. Otherwise they probably would have died in the wild.

    Yes, the overpopulation of cats and dogs is a critical situation but let’s find a more reasonable stat to work with.

  10. BJ These stats are clearly overstated. To be honest, I’d prefer a clarification of these stats, or a more accurate picture, but I wonder if they’d lose their impact?

    thanks for your clarification

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