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How Often Do Cats Breed

How often do cats breed

Two kittens together, courtesy Adriano, Wikipedia

How Often Do Cats Breed? Domestic cats typically have four to five kittens. Given the opportunity they will have three litters each year. The reason that they produce so many offspring is that in the wild most of the kittens will succumb to an early death from starvation, disease, predators and accidents. At the rate of breeding above and with all the kittens surviving a single female would produce 65,536 cats in five years according to the cat expert Desmond Morris.

The reality is, of course, different: cats are highly territorial and the the size of their territories is limited. In the case of homed cats the territories can be small and overlap as there is no shortage of food. In the wild the territory must be sufficiently big that it can provide an adequate food supply. This means that inevitably a large number of kittens will be unable to establish an adequate source of food and will die.

According to The Human Society there are there are approximately 86.4 million owned cats in the United States of which 88% are neutered. This percentage largely maintains the level of cats having homes at a stable number. It’s much more difficult to keep the feral population under control. Result is that many feral cats face euthanasia. The Humane Society says:

How Often Do Cats Breed: Unneutered Cats Breed Too Rapidly

“The HSUS estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized.”

Let’s be straight about it. This kitten was found in someone’s garden without a home: but would you euthanize it?

The problem is that feral kittens over six months old are very difficult to tame. At the Pussington Post we believe that a better way is that adopted by the Stanford Cat Network who try to avoid euthanasia:

“…all life should be valued and treated with dignity and respect, the Stanford Cat Network has a long-term commitment to the health and well-being of homeless cats on the Stanford campus. We provide a viable alternative to euthanasia, through spay/neuter, vaccination, release and feeding of unsocialized cats, and adoption of tame cats and kittens.”

That way would give the tiny unloved kitten in the video a chance of life. How often do cats breed? The answer is that naturally they breed too often. However, as cat lovers there are humane ways to deal with this that give every healthy cat a chance of life. Please share our post with your cat loving friends below and campaign for all homeless cats to be treated with dignity and respect.

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