According to a 2015-2016 survey by American Pet Products Association (APPA), 35% of all households in the United States own a cat, with the total number of pet cats reaching almost 86 million. Of those, almost 97% of households consider cats to be family members or companions. Obviously cats are important to Americans. That’s the good news. The bad news is that 1.4 million cats are euthanized each year….
To read more check out my post Our Most Euthanized Pet. In that article, I covered three ways that the average pet owner could help.
In a perfect world, we might not need to spay/neuter our cats. But the reality is 1.4 million unwanted cats are euthanized each year. In addition, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) there are an estimated 30 to 40 million homeless cats. Clearly, we have a pet overpopulation crisis, and the one message animal welfare experts keep repeating is this: spaying and neutering is the best way to change those numbers.
To read more, check out my post Spay/Neuter Awareness.
Keep Cats Indoors
When I began to research the reasons for keeping cats inside, however, I found myself being educated on how complicated the indoor/outdoor issue is. In this article, I’ll overview the history of the domestication of cats, as well as the pros and cons for keeping them indoors…..
To read more, check out my post Indoor/Outdoor Cat Debate.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, cats are divided into three distinct populations: The first two populations are the obvious ones: those owned as pets, and those in shelters and rescues. The third group is the one most people don’t think about: community cats, which consists of abandoned, stray, and feral (unsocialized) cats. The community cat population isn’t small: there are an estimated 30 to 40 million in the United States. Can anything be done about so many homeless cats? Many animal welfare groups advocate for a Trap-Neuter-Release approach to their management….
To read more, check out my post: America’s Overlooked 40 Million Cats
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