Eighty million cats is a lot of cats. However, you would be surprised how quickly two cats can become that 80 million. If you let two cats breed at will — and then allow their offspring to breed at will, these two cats will have 80 million progeny within a decade! This assumes two litters per year and 2.8 surviving kittens per litter. Here are the numbers:
First year: 12
Second year: 66
Third year: 382
Fourth year: 2,201
Fifth year: 12,680
Sixth year: 73,041
Seventh year: 420,715
Eighth year: 2,423,316
Ninth year: 13,968,290
Tenth Year: 80,399,780
Wow! If only my bank account would multiply like that!
Source: American Humane Association
The problem with this proclivity for procreation is not only the obnoxious howling and yowling of cats in heat, but that far more kittens are born than there are people to adopt them. This means millions of kittens and cats are tragically euthanized every year. The best antidote to this lamentable problem is to spay and neuter as many cats as possible. Cats can start breeding as early as three or four months of age, so it is important to spay and neuter soon after they are weaned.
Spayed and neutered cats generally also make better pets – they are calmer, gentler, and less prone to fighting and wandering afar. So do yourself, your cat, and community a favor and make sure you spay and neuter your feline friends!
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