Statistics

Please Spay or Neuter Your Cat
Because cats can reproduce several times a year, and kittens mature quickly, just 2 cats might quickly become 2,000. In fact, the feline reproduction statistics are staggering. Two uncontrolled breeding cats produce 2 litters a year, at a survival rate of 2.8 kittens per litter. Continued breeding will produce 12 cats the first year, 66 cats the second year, 2,201 cats in the third year, 3,822 cats in the fourth year, 12,680 cats in the fifth year! Here are visual examples of how quickly the cat and dog populations can grow when animals are not spayed or neutered.

  • A spayed or neutered (sterilized) animal is better behaved
  • A spayed or neutered animal will live a longer, healthier life
  • A female spayed before her first heat (6 to 9 months of age) has one-seventh the risk of developing mammary cancer as an intact female

Research shows that most dogs and cats are relinquished to animal shelters—or otherwise given up—because of common behavior problems their families didn’t know how to solve. See our Pet Behavior page for help with your pet.

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