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Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
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Is pet overpopulation really a problem?

cats at animal shelterAbsolutely! In the United States alone, more than 50,000 kittens and puppies are born each day. For every pet with a place he can happily call home, there are 4 companion animals who are homeless, neglected, or abused. Millions of these animals enter America's animal shelters and 30 to 60 percent of them have to be destroyed each year because no one wants them - that is 4 to 6 million animals.

What can I do?

  • Spay and neuter your cat(s).

  • Educate others about this pet overpopulation problem. People who know the facts can make the right decisions.

  • Work with others in your community to humanely trap feral cats and have them neutered or spayed.

  • Express your thanks to veterinarians who reduce their spay/neuter fees and work with their local shelters to assure only neutered or spayed animals are placed.

I know I can find homes for all the offspring my pet will have when I breed her/him. So, it is fine if I go ahead, right?

In 6 years, one female dog and her offspring can be the source of 67,000 puppies.

In 7 years, one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.

Making sure you have homes for all the kittens is a good first step. You also need to be sure the breeding will produce quality kittens. Have the male and female cats had a medical exam to be sure they are healthy? Are they free of venereal diseases? Are they free from hereditary problems such as deafness? Are their vaccinations up-to-date, and have they been wormed? Do you know what food and equipment you will need to give the mother and kittens proper care? Are you ready to pay the extra veterinary costs if there are problems with the pregnancy or delivery? You see, a lot goes into responsible breeding.

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FAQs on Reproduction (Heats & Pregnancy) in Cats 
Early Spaying & Neutering of Kittens 
Myths about Spaying & Neutering Cats 
Benefits of Spaying (Ovariohysterectomy) Female Cats 
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