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April 11, 2013

KEPPELER: Don't be part of the problem

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Tonawanda News — Fifty cats ... and it might have all started with two.

“They were almost all orange,” she told the council. “This could have been prevented.”

Now, I know about the birds and bees. So do you, probably. It doesn’t take much math to understand how this happened. 

I’m going to say something about it. And I’m going to say it in italics, just so you know how very serious I am.

For crying out loud, people, spay or neuter your pets.

According to the ASPCA, the average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year (some sources say more); the average number of kittens is four to six per litter. Female cats can start going into heat as young as 4 months old. The math is simple.

How long did it take two cats to turn into 50? Not long at all. Imagine if it had continued.

But for some reason, that still doesn’t seem to sink in with some people.

Maybe it’s the “awwww, cute kittens!” factor. It’s not difficult to understand that one. There aren’t many critters that are cuter than a clumsy, playful kitten who hops around the house batting at paper bags and generally acting adorable. Who doesn’t want more of those, right?

But kittens grow up to be cats, and far too many people think not only that grown cats are far less cute, but that it’s completely acceptable to be irresponsible and toss them out to fend for themselves.

(Where they promptly make more kittens. Who turn into cats. Who make more ... well, you get the picture.)

And even if they find homes for them, that’s however many homes unavailable for a shelter pet in need.

Or maybe it’s the price. (Which falls under the category of “If you can’t afford to take care of your pets, maybe you shouldn’t have them,” but that’s beside the point.) 

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