Originally Posted by Jan
I appreciate everyones input although I do think some of you are being a little hard on me. It is not as if I have let a cat of mine have multiple, unwanted litters, knowingly bred a sick cat, let an unfixed male wander the streets, abandoned a cat, had my cat get pregnant at less than one year of age. or left a queen to have kittens on her own with no responsible adult present. My cats were taken to the vet for shots and a check up before breeding them. They were given a clean bill of health. I have been doing some computer research about pregnancy and delivery and lets not forget that I DID contact you all at this sight for input. Jan
There are 71,000 free-roaming cats in my county alone
It is estimated that 8 to 12 million animals enter shelters annually.
Only 25 to 35% of all animals that enter shelters are ever adopted.
It is estimated that 30 to 60% of all animals brought into shelters are euthanized.
One female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in six years and a cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in seven years!
Only 4% of cats and 14% of dogs that enter shelters are returned to their owners.
Spaying or neutering your pet eliminates uncontrolled breeding. It also greatly reduces risks of ovarian and mammary tumors
Eliminates testicular cancer in males
There are other options you could have taken besides putting your cat that you love in danger. Pregnancy is very stressful on an animal. An upspayed cat is 40%-60% likely to get mammary cancer. There are so many risks involved in "breeding" a cat especially if you are not expirienced.
I work in a shelter and we are constatly turing away cats and kittens because we just don't have the room for anymore. We have so many great animals that need homes. Since you have chose to bring more cats into this world that means someone other cats are going to be put to sleep.
At the vet I work @ we don't go a week w/ out someone dropping an animal or box of kittens at our door that we have to find homes for.