In collaboration with Cat Educator, Intersand®’s cat experts would like to offer a few tips and tricks for new “parents” of cats, cat lovers and anyone who’s considering a feline addition to the family.
Hey! It’s meee, Mistyyy! Today, I decided that we will talk about the insufficient amount of treats you give your cat and …. Sorry? You wanted to talk about cat overpopulation? Not happening! As a cat, we decide everrrything in your house and …… ho, wait… I see you have new treats? Okay then… What are you waiting for? Let’s talk about cat overpopulation !
Did you know that in most major North American cities, there are on average more than 500 cats per square kilometer? Worse, there are even cities in Greece and Turkey that have more than 2,600 cats per square kilometer. The majority of large city shelters don’t have the space and resources to accommodate as many animals and must annually euthanize approximately 21,000 cats in Canada alone*. Although there has been a huge drop in cat euthanasia in shelters over the last 5 years, from 40% to 18%*, there’s still a long way to go!
You already know that cats are the best at everything, but when it comes to breeding, we are really among the champions! We can put down 4 times a year for a total of 16 to 24 kittens each year. The problem is that these 16 to 24 cats will in turn do the same thing 6 to 7 months after birth. It is therefore exponentially that the problem of overpopulation spreads each year. Basically, if two cats mate, their descendants could breed 2 million cats in 8 years. Yep! We compete with rabbits! If nobody does anything, we will soon become the masters of the world … But wait! Isn’t it already the case? Come on, admit it! Your cat controls your home, isn’t it? Well, it’s the same everywhere. So we are the masters of the world … of those who have cats.
So what can we do to solve the problem of cat overpopulation? The answer is simple and complicated at the same time. We must be spayed and neutered before 6-month of age. Anyway, it’s clearly in your best interest because 95% of entire adult male cats will do urinary marking in your home. In addition, it is good for the neighborhood because a spayed or neutered cat could do marking inside the house in response to stray cats or visitors outside that would not be spayed and who would come and do marking in your patio door or windows. The females can go into heat every three weeks. You won’t forget her incredibly strong and disturbing lyrical howling! She goes days and nights….RRRRWWAAAOOUUULL! By spaying and neutering us, you also do it in our best interest because it prevents us many reproductive system related diseases.
Sometimes, I hear people talking about having a litter to show their children the mystery of birth and life! Misty tip here: it is much easier to go on the internet to watch it all! Even better, why not become a foster home for a mother cat. Shelters always need foster homes to prevent kittens from being in contact with diseases and allow the mother to raise her kittens in a quieter environment than in the shelter. This allows the kittens to socialize with humans and the beauty in all this is that in addition to helping, you can educate your children and don’t have to find a family for every kitten when they’re grown up. And if you fall in love with one of them, you will have seen it grows and can adopt it. THAT is magic!
One last thing, did you know that in many cities, there are programs of capture, sterilization and release that can spay and neuter stray cats and thus reduce the problem of overpopulation? If every homeowner took upon himself to contribute to these programs, we would be done with this problem in 5 years or less. If you see a cat with an ear-piece a bit cut or cut in a “V” shape, this means it has been spayed or neutered through this kind of program, so it can easily be identified and this avoid recapturing it.
It’s now up to you!
* Data from Cats in Canada 2017 report