Sex and the Kitty

One Cat turns into 2....3....4....5...

As an avid cat lover, I can attest to the fact that cats literally breed like rabbits - and this is no joke. For those of us that love cats, we know all about Sex and the Kitty - that 1 cat that turns into 2....3.....4... and more cats. And sometimes very quickly - before we can even blink an eye.

My kitten Shasta (that was still just a kitten to me) - proceeded to get pregnant at the tender age of 6 months. Because I was not very familiar with cat pregnancy, I did not think that she could pregnant at such a young age - so I wasn't in a particular hurry to get her fixed.

WRONG.

Several weeks later she presented us with 3 kittens - and being the sucker that I am - I ended up keeping all 3 kittens, which now brought my cat family to a total of 5 cats ( I also had another Siamese that I had rescued from the pound - but she was fixed already)

So now being the owner of 5 cats - and not wanting to do a repeat of another teenage cat pregnancy - I proceeded to get all the kittens fixed at a young age.

The Newest Kitten- Earl Grey

Although Earl is a beauty he needs to find a new home- Anybody?
Although Earl is a beauty he needs to find a new home- Anybody? | Source

Our "Spare Cat"- Number #5

This is Olivia- the newest teen age mom. Although young she is a good mother.
This is Olivia- the newest teen age mom. Although young she is a good mother. | Source

I Thought I Was Being a Responsible Pet Owner

Feeling pretty proud about myself now for being a responsible cat owner, I got comfortable with the fact that there would be no more cat additions to the family ( 5 was quite enough!)

WRONG AGAIN.

One day while out watering I spied something lurking below my bathtub planter. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a young cat, looking for a new home. Not wanting anymore cats, I decided to try to find a home for this one, but YUP. you guessed it- SPARE CAT number 6 became a member of the family due to my families insistence that they would help take care of her.

RIGHT....UH...HUH....

I should have known better when they gave me that song and dance about taking care of the new cat......

So yes I now had a another cat, unspayed, and you guessed it- before I could get her down to the vet - presto, another teenage pregnancy. ( I think when you get a cat you need to take them within minutes of them arriving and get them spayed IMMEDIATELY!)

So - Yup - now I have 2 more kittens, further raising my cat population - once again.

Too much sex and the kitty for me.

Anybody want a kitten???

How many Cats can my Cat have?

According to statistics, two breeding cats can have two litters per year. With roughly 2.8 surviving kittens per litter and a breeding life of 10 years, those cats can multiply to more than 80 million cats and kittens in ten years! The ASPCA estimates that 10 million cats and dogs are killed each year in the US due to a lack of homes. This is a deplorable situation, but it is not a hopeless one. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, "Our greatest inhumanity to animals is not hating them, but being indifferent to them."

Zorro the Cat- One of the 3 Kittens

This is one of the kittens I kept- at least he earns his keep by helping me with my computer
This is one of the kittens I kept- at least he earns his keep by helping me with my computer | Source

Get your Cats Spayed ASAP

So what is the solution to this Cat breeding explosion?

Get your cats spayed ASAP. Don't be like me and assume because you have a young animal that your cat won't get pregnant. I can almost guarantee that if you have outside cats and they are not spayed THEY WILL GET PREGNANT, and it can happen very quickly - again - and again!

Remember, 2 possible litters in one year!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher on the internet and an avid pet lover. If you have enjoyed this article a thumbs up would be appreciated and feel free to join Dorsi's reader/fan club. You can also subscribe to her RSS feed which will notify you when she publishes a new article. Thanks for stopping in to read and hope you enjoyed the kitty faq's!)

Another One of the Kittens

This is Perdy, one of the 3 original kittens. She's brain damaged by her young mom trying to ditch her.
This is Perdy, one of the 3 original kittens. She's brain damaged by her young mom trying to ditch her. | Source

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Comments 9 comments

jim1307 8 years ago

I love your pussycat stories. As a cat lover myself, I just love the way you tend and care for them. You are a testament to the love between animals and humans, and shame upon you should you ever change.

These episdes of life, penned by your own hands, or keyboard, are just purrrrrfect - keep up the good work, and award yourself a bowl of fresh cream!


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SusanBonfiglio 8 years ago from Woodmere, NY

Wow great story about your cats. They truly embody the concept, be fruitful and multiply. I love cats!

Hope you find a home for the kitty

Susan


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

We continually had to get our cats spayed because one would end up having a litter if we waited just a bit too long. Kittens are cute, but finding homes for them is not easy, so I believe in spaying cats very quickly. Thanks for the interesting hub.


IMHustle 8 years ago

Hey Dorsi,

Thanks for the excellent explanation on cat multiplication :-). I always thought cats were beautifull, but decided they were too "catty" and went the dog route -- IMO dogs are far more loyal.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Cats are beautiful and intelligent, kittens adorable, but you cannot be more right - they are able to multiply with the speed of light. Your family of cats is great, altough is not easy to have 6 (8?) cats.

At this moment we have only 2 (female is spayed), we found a new home for her kitten 2 days ago, but...same as you, if I hear "meow" somewhere in the garden, I doubt that I will be able to resist, so 2 is very relative number when we talk about cats.

Your Hub is great reminder for all owners of cats.Thank you.


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

Tatjana-Mihaela) Nice to see you Tatjana. Thanks for the nice comment and for reading. I am now down to just one cat - poor lone survivor Zorro. My precious Perdy died a few months ago, I found homes for the kittens and the Siamese cat decided to go live down the street (she has always been a strange one!) And that "meow" sound in the garden, ohh gosh, I hope I don't hear that for quite awhile. Zorro is quite enough, albeit he is a little lonely these days....


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

you own dogs cats own you they say.i wouldn't be surprsed if the sprayed cats got pregnant too!!!! they can if they really want too - lol good one


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Dorsi 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area Author

neeleshkulkarni) Thanks for coming by and the comment. It made me smile!


jenkimak 4 years ago

it would be funny if a cat and dog had kitpups? pupkits?

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