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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2004, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cats in shelters

Maybe this data is someplace but I wondered what's the percentage or amount_ of regular, declawed, special needs (temperament/abused/FIV) cats and kittens in shelters? I suppose it also varies always. My closest shelter only has 'normal' and 2 abused cats now while last year had several declawed cats..and we know that kittens are adopted out faster than older cats but how popular are declawed cats in shelters? Just wondered..thanks
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I don't know that there is an exact estimate of just cats going into shelters, as they are often lumped in with the dogs to make the 8-10 million a year.
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I don't have that number for you, but this link says that 70% of cats turned in to shelters for behavior problems are declawed.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-14-2004, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank-you spacemonkey and Jeannie..I wasn't thinking of an exact number, too difficult. Seventy% that's is awfully high, didn't realize it.
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That's so sad. Poor babies
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Yes, and to think that we are responsible for them..what does it say of humankind but better don't rant, can't help any that way.
Another 'reason' I 've seen for cats in shelters is the cat is old so since they have others the owners give away the eldest ..how/why did they get others cats in the 1st place..so cruel. Do you see much of that? I don't work in a shelter, just visiting and hearsay
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Oh yes, there are hardly ever any "good" reasons for a pet to be in a shelter; one we see a lot, and it's usually with small animals, but also with cats: Kids lost interest.
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To prevent a misunderstanding, that does not mean 70% of the total of cats taken to shelters, but 70% of those dropped off for behavior problems.




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Right now, my local shelter only has one declaw (another came in with her but has since been adopted, both were older kitties)...but because they were just tossed into the dog kennels after-hours, we have no idea why they might have been surrendered. Neither showed any behavioral problems, but the one who is left is my poor, sweet, sick senior lady that nobody wants, and she is having a very hard time of it.

Because we're contracted to many towns to take strays, there are a lot of times that we have to turn away owner surrenders (we have been full for quite a while). Most of our kitties are strays, or kittens who came in with their stray mothers and are growing up in the shelter...so most of them have no known history.

As far as special-needs kitties, we have had a few one-eyed cats, there are a few who have chronic UTI's, and one or two with suspected food allergies (which is really hard to deal with when you're relying on donated foods). And, my big, aggressive favorite Mr. Bojangles is being vetted this week because he's started showing some possible early signs of diabetes, and this just as we're getting him to the point where he'll tolerate being handled without biting. We have no FIV or FeLV cats, because we just don't have the space to segregate them from the general population. I would think that many kill shelters euthanize "problem" and special-needs cats quickly, so that you might not see as many of them on the adoption floor as you'd expect, but I'm just guessing.

Currently, we're lucky to not have any big abuse cases, but there are other shelters further north (especially in more economically depressed areas) who are dealing with multiple puppy-mill and animal hoarding/neglect cases...we just don't happen to have any at this time. <knocking wood>
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