Re: Is this actually true
I once worked up figures to prove my point, and I'll do so again, with my trusty calculator:
One female cat, allowed to have one litter before spaying.
Now, if EVERY cat owner felt that way, here is what would happen with all of the female kitten generations from that ONE cat allowed to have a litter and all her female offspring also allowed to have a litter.
One litter will be (for these purposes) four kittens. Half being male and half being female. Pregnancies occuring between 6-8mo age.
1 cat, has 2 female (female = F) kittens in her litter of four.
Those 2 F kittens have litters, resulting in 4 F kittens.
1 Year after first cat had her litter.
Those 4 F kittens have litters, resulting in 8 F kittens.
Those 8 F kittens have litters, resulting in 16 F kittens.
2 Years after first cat had her litter.
16 -> 32
32 -> 64
3 Years after first cat had her litter.
64 -> 128
128 -> 256
4 Years after first cat had her litter.
256 -> 512
512 -> 1024
5 Years after first cat had her litter.
1024 -> 2048
Five years, and the offspring from that first cat, each female allowed to have only one litter of kittens, and every female kitten also allowed to have one litter, resulted in over Two Thousand cats.
Keep in mind, this is NOT including the male kittens from those litters, my calculations were only counting the female kittens! The actual number would be closer to 4k.