Category Archives: Feral Cats
There’s no doubt too many cats can come from one cat
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 having your 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 cat overpopulation with one cat having an average of 2.8 kittens per litter. The controversial cat overpopulation chart, while known to overstate the problem, does illustrate how big the problem is.
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. That’s one reason the chart is flawed.
Cat overpopulation huge with over 70 million cats in US
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.
Cat overpopulation pyramid, while not accurate portrays just how much of a national crisis cat overpopulation is[/caption]
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.
February 23 is Spay Day USA
Cats are hardwired to reproduce. They can go into heat every two weeks, and can 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. The only way to stop explosive cat overpopulation is to spay/neuter.
February 23 is Spay Day USA, and at Paws for Reflection, we’ll make it a Worldwide Feline Spay/Neuter Day.
Now that February is waning, the days are getting longer. Though it may not feel much like spring, the additional daylight has a pronounced effect our furry friends, especially cats, who are physically constructed to reproduce. And many of these newborns will be cast into an animal shelter, or worse, left on the street to fend for themselves.
That’s why it’s so important to have your cat spay/neutered. Cost shouldn’t be a factor. There are lots of low-cost spay/neuter clinics. All you have to do is search for them.
Too many cats from 1 cat, 2 to 3 litters of kittens a year
Some people think they can just keep their cats inside. It’s not that simple. A cat can go into heat every two weeks or so. They go out of heat for five to six days and then if they are not impregnated, they go back into heat. Cats are hard-wired to try to reproduce, and they are physically constructed to virtually guarantee the females become pregnant. The heat cycle does not stop till they are impregnated with a litter of kittens.
Even when the female comes out of heat, she can conceive from one to two days afterward.
While in heat, the female will mate several times; sometimes with one male, sometimes with several. They are trying their darndest to reproduce.
Severe hypothermia can kill you pet. Frostbite can lead to serious damage to the ears, tail, or paws.
Both are serious and if serious, require immediate veterinary care. The best treatment – make sure your cat stays inside, or if they must go out, have plenty of food, water, and shelter, and a quick way to seek cover from harsh, cold, wet winter weather.
For those of us humans, and our feline and canine friends, hypothermia remains a serious threat, as the snow keeps piling up, and the temperatures dip below zero.
For Joey Herrick, co-founder and former president of Natural Balance Pet Foods, and host of ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ television show, has a new mission – cutting through the politics of pets and sheltering to reduce the number of pets euthanized in shelters.
What better way to do that than capture people waiting for the ‘big game’ on Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, and be in front of millions in #DogsVsCats, a commercial of Super Bowl quality airing on the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl II, at noon ET, Feb. 1.
The Lucy Pet Foundation, started in late 2013, has a very serious message. And as a successful marketer, Herrick has plans to raise not just money, but awareness to seriously make a difference. As co-founder and president of Natural Balance Pet Foods, he had an avenue to give tons of pet food to shelters.
No longer in that role, he wants to take the mission further. In a recent interview with Paws for Reflection, Herrick talks about how bad the feral cat problem is in just Los Angeles. ‘There are 3 million free roaming cats in the city. They are everywhere.’
Check out this teaser of Lucy Pet Foundation’s #DogsVsCats football game It’s being touted as the coolest, most technologically advanced, and most societal-important commercial ever.
When they go the shelter, they don’t have a chance. Herrick wants to see the end of the gas chamber system. Thirty-one states still allow pets to be thrown into a box and gassed to death.
Every week, about 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Much of this is caused because of pet overpopulation. Effective spay/neuter programs could help reduce these numbers substantially. In five years, Herrick hopes to offer no cost or low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinics in every state across the country.
Stopping pet overpopulation is the only way to stop the mushrooming numbers. And those numbers need to be reduced to cut down on the pets euthanized.
But it’s not the only issue that needs to be addressed. Herrick says the sheltering system needs to be revamped. More money needs to go directly to helping the animals, and less to administrative salaries.
If we work together, we can have better buying power and better tools to help the pets. ‘We all need to work together.’