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Have Your Cats Spayed and Neutered Before They Multiply Like Gremlins

Updated on June 24, 2016

Thor and Lokie

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The Start of My Cat Brigade

© 2016 Missy Smith

Do you like cats? Maybe you are a cat lady as everyone likes to tease people who have more than one, two, or three, to spare? I consider myself the original CatWoman. Remember how Michelle Pfeiffer died in the first BATMAN movie, and all the kitties crowded in on her and breathed her back to life? Well, I don’t know, but my cats just might love me enough to do that if something tragic happened to me. (laughing)


What Batman Villain Are You? Guess Who I Got?

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The Queen Bee, The Boss; Birdee With Two E's

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Birdee Rolls Alone

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It’s amazing to me how they tend to multiply overnight. I started with one cat; my Birdee, then in a year’s time she was pregnant. See, when I became her owner, I was unaware of how old she was. My niece Kayla brought her to me after she found her wandering on the road. Birdee was an orange kitty, and everyone who knows me, knows I always wanted an orange kitty like Garfield. However, Birdee was a girl, and she was quite furry instead of fat and striped with belly hanging to the ground. Even so, she was a pretty little cat, and I kept her. I miscalculated her age, because she got pregnant extremely fast, as she consistently wanted outside so she could chase birds, squirrels and things such as that.

Now, I had four cats; Birdee, and her three kittens all females. I named them Coraline, Chessie, and Cali; very rare colored gray and orange calicos.

Birdee's One and Only Litter

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You Know How You Hear Everyone Is Unique In Their Own Way? Well, So Are Cats...

Isn’t it truly amazing how cats, or animals of all kinds grab their own personalities?

Chessie is a lot like Birdee, very to herself. She doesn’t bother with any other cat and only will let me pet her. Birdee is exactly the same. She actually just fed these three she delivered until they were old enough to eat on their own, then she was vamoose! Adios Amigos! See you later, you are not my children. I just adopted you out to Missy!

Anyway, Coraline wants so badly to be an indoors cat, she loves to be petted by anybody, and she loves to eat. She is sweet, but the most aggravating cat you will ever come in contact with. She is the Flash when you open the door, she is inside before you can even blink. So aggravating!!

Now Cali, she is somewhat of a loner too, but she will let you pet her for a little while as long as you don’t tarry too long. All three have very different cat personalities, and it’s really amusing to watch.

Help! Please! Spay and Neuter These Kitties!

So, here I go, time to start the spay process. No more cats PLEASE!!! So I had my Birdee fixed, and I thought I had time to do the others, but they got pregnant before I made that very crucial appointment, and you guessed it, more kitties! So Chessie went into a great depression, and as she definitely was expectant, she somehow wasn’t one day. It was very weird! The vet informed me that some cats will hate being pregnant so much they actually make themselves abort. I couldn’t believe that, but figured it had to be true.

Coraline had a litter of three; Elsa, Charming, and Aurora. Yep, I named them after Disney's princesses and princes. Don’t laugh!

Don't Be Fooled By Anna, She Ended Up Being "CHARMING" My Bad! Cora's Brood

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Cali also had a litter of three as well; Thor, Lokie, and Medusa. Mm hm, you got it, named after my favorite gods and goddesses. They matched pretty darn well to their characters I must say. Thor is white with a raccoon tail and gorgeous blue eyes. Lokie was solid black with piercing green eyes, and Medusa was a tiger stripe kitty with lovely melting sea-foam green eyes.

Cali's Crew

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Cora's Second Litter

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Are You Keeping Count?

Now, if you have kept count, at this point I have accumulated ten cats, and the spay process just got a little more difficult. I then had Chessie and Cali spayed, but was too late before Ms. Cora’s milkshake brought all the boys to the yard; if you get what I’m saying? Pregnant again!!

At this point, I have three cats spayed and one pregnant again. Coraline then has her second litter of four, three months later. Now I have; Butter and Toffee, and Pumpkin and Patch. Butter Toffee, Pumpkin Patch, yeah, you got it, combo names who could be one. I’m clever like that. (laughing at myself again) I have fourteen furry feline mouths to feed now, and believe me, they get fed very well.


Butter, Toffee, Pumpkin, and Patch

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Back to the vet to get Coraline fixed after she finished weaning her children from feeding off of her. And I was feeling pretty comfortable at this point. I had Birdee, Chessie, Cali, and Coraline fixed, and the others still had a few months before they were ready to go, but it’s almost time for Elsa, Aurora, and Medusa to go. I had plans to do the males last as they aren’t as much of a threat as long as the females are fixed.

Rest In Peace "Lokie"

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One Went Missing, and Another Was A Tragic Loss

So, I did indeed get to Elsa, Aurora, and Medusa before they had a litter. I thought, Yay! I’m getting better at calculating when it is time.

In between this, I am sad to say that we lost a few kitties. First, we lost Charming. I don’t know what happened to him, one day he was gone, and all I can hope is that he was picked up by some nice folks. Then there was Lokie some months later, who must have gone out scouting across the street in the woods, but unfortunately my little panther wasn’t swift enough to make it back across the street before a car hit him.

We Miss You "Charming"

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So now, fourteen have become twelve, and the last two girls are growing rapidly. Here I go off to the vet again, to get Pumpkin and Patch spayed. Except for one problem, Pumpkin has somehow hurt her leg. It isn’t broken, I could tell that, but as I always have to wait for the “No More Homeless Pets Program” to come around in order to fix my cats for a price I can afford, I knew I would not be able to afford a vet bill for a leg that I knew was just a sprang. So, Patches was off to get fixed and Pumpkin needed to heal at home first.


We Really Miss His Wittle Face! "Toffee"

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In the meantime, we lost two more kitties, my son’s favorite; Toffee, and also Aurora. To this day I have told him someone must have picked him up, but the real truth is Toffee also was hit by a car, as was Aurora a few months apart. My cats are always on my back porch, but they apparantly roam at night. Some of them have been unlucky crossing the road to the woods, while some truly have nine lives. Birdee is a cat that crosses that street daily, and she is the first cat I ever had, and I believe her keen sense will make her the last. It is very hard when these things happen, but when you live close to woods in a rural area, it's kind of inevitable. Now we have ten.

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Patiently waiting for Pumpkin to heal, which didn’t take long, a few weeks, I immediately called for an appointment to get her fixed. Uh oh! The “No More Homeless Pets Program” has run out of funds in order to help us poor pet owners out, but they promise to keep me informed when it’s back up. At this point, I just accept the inevitable; more kitties are coming. Like clockwork, my Pumpkin who is basically still a baby herself, was going to have a litter. Three months later, we welcomed three little kitties; Percy, Pascal, and Piper. All P’s this time. Where do I get these brilliant ideas??

Pumpkin's First Litter; Percy, Pascal, and Piper

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Don't Lose Count, I think I May Have...

At this point, the count is at thirteen I THINK , and time starts to tick down until the little girl in the group is old enough or either her mom gets PG again. Called the vet, and the program is still not up yet. I found Piper a home at my sister’s house, and I just got the two male kitties. That would have saved me if it wasn’t for Pumpkin not being fixed yet.

Boy, let me tell you, this cat is certainly fertile. It was no time before she was pregnant again. Yep, just had her second litter of four; kittens, who are right now, at this moment, tiny little kitties taking a nap beside me in their kitty crib. By the way, I named them; Rossalie, Veto, Stanley, and Stella; That's right, two of each. Finally, no great plan for the names. I was actually exhausted and let a friend name two of them, and just settled the other two with whatever popped in my head first.

Our Latest Family Members Have Arrived; Rossalie, Veto, Stella, and Stanley

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Medusa and Me A Few Months Ago

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Gone But Not Forgotten

Two weeks ago, I lost another cat. She suddenly became ill, she had no signs of bites, but she had lost her appetite and could not come out of it. I have to think she either ate something that poisoned her system or she got hit by a car and had internal injuries. Medusa with the pretty eyes is now gone as well.

I Think I Have Them All Accounted For.

Count them up folks!! I have fifteen cats at this moment. Minus Piper who is now with my sister, and my beloved little Medusa.

I still need to push and get Pumpkin fixed, and afterwards I’m starting on the other two little female kitties when they are old enough. Next, it will be the males turn to get neutered.

Which one are you...

Are you a dog person or a cat person?

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This Was A Very Confusing Hub To Write

This has been a difficult hub to write, but I wanted to bring awareness to the importance of spay and neutering. I do still have fifteen cats; however, that is mostly because I have a nine-year-old son who absolutely refuses to let me give them away. He loves these cats. Of course it is a heavy burden on me sometimes, but my cats are fed well. If there comes a time that I feel they are becoming too much for me to afford, I will try to find them some nice homes. Hopefully soon, I will have Pumpkin spayed, and then in about five months the little female kittens. That will take care of the big issue. Then I will work on getting the Males fixed. Once all are fixed it should take care of a lot of headache for me. Wish Me Luck!!

Now for a funny little poem about my life as a cat owner, and the importance of having your pets, not only cats, spayed and neutered.

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Pumpkin was still little hanging out with Charming

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Catitude

© 2016 Missy Smith

Cats, cats, some beautiful

and black, some not so

nice, a nasty attack.


Claws that slice like

razor blades. Tails

that whip lasso slaps.


Eyes they pierce beauty

of blues, yellows, and green,

such unique and pretty color

schemes.


Some are gentle. Others are

not, but I have to say, all

my cats love me lots.


I can do no wrong in their

sight, as long as I feed

them and cuddle them

tight.


However, some cats can be

mysterious indeed.

There are days they will love

you and cuddle in your lap,


then the next

grab an attitude with a

hiss and a slap.


So just be aware of

their catitude, and

don’t forget to have

your pets spayed or

neutered.

Love This! So Cute!

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      Hari Prasad S 13 months ago from Bangalore

      Missy, Very fun filled, lovely hub you have written. Kudos.

      I had written a poem on Cats. "Cats" pl do read. I have sensed their attitude like u have described in that poem too.

      I appreciate your effort to keep them from becoming unmanagable team.

      - hari

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      An enjoyable hub Missy, also with an important message to get your cats neutered. I thought I was bad having four cats and three dogs, but you sure outdo me...15 give or take.. :) All of ours are desexed, by the way, two girls, two boys.

      Oh, what lovely cats you have. Nice poem too. I think I have only written one hub specifically about our cats "Sibling Rivalry" a micro poem.

      Well done. This may be considered for PetHelpful. Good luck.

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      Paula 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Missy....Holy Catfish, Catwoman! That's a lot of kitties to feed & love. I too love cats but have only ever had 2 at one time. Needless to say, because I live on a major Route, my babies are strictly indoor cats.

      Right now I have "Tommy Two"....his predecessor, "Tommy" was a crazy little imp who taught himself how to push up & out on the window screen. He jumped for freedom one night and very sadly, became a roadside casualty. I was devastated.....such a special kitty he was.

      Missy, I hope you realize that people who don't happen to have an affinity for cats, think we "cat people" are a bit off our rockers! And that really upsets me! Sure, I love dogs too, but I hate that they get more attention & respect than felines!

      I have always told people who seem to be reluctant to like cats that all they need to do is own one....just one time, and they'll be Kitty converts! Actually, my late husband was converted. LOL I came home with an orange Maine Coon kitten one day much to my husband's surprise. He said, "Did I ever tell you I'm not crazy about cats?" My response was, "Well, you have a son now and you can't just give him back!"

      His name was "Fluff" which I wanted to change, but just left it for too long to change it. He never cared what we called him anyway, just so we understood he was King of the house. I gotta say, much to my husband's chagrin, he fell in love with Fluff.

      It IS fascinating to me, Missy how totally unique each cat's personality can be. That's another thing that surprises most people who know little about felines. Hey....they're just like people. Why wouldn't they be different from one another?

      Oh BTW...before I forget to mention this. I REALLY like your dark hair! If you're ever counting votes....I definitely vote for you as a brunette! Seriously.

      I enjoyed hearing about your family of furry (and FERTILE) babies!

      Peace, Paula

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      This is such an enjoyable read with an important message. I have one cat now, George. We've had cats over the years and all of ours have been indoor/outdoor cats, so we were sure have them spayed and neutered.

      Hahaha that is too cute about the Batman movie and Cat woman. I loved it when her cats gathered around her. She was a great cat woman, as are you!

      We are both a dog and cat people.

      Your photos are adorable and you pick the cutest names for all of your babies.

      Great message and great job on this one.

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, believe me, I get it. We had the same problem with rabbits....before we knew it, our two turned into eighteen after two litters of eight each....we finally got the male fixed but, obviously, the damage was already done. And of course we refuse to get rid of them because they are our babies....so they have their own outdoor enclosure and they are perfectly happy, and we are happy but have a lot of mouths to feed. LOL

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      Thank you so much, Hari. I will definitely get to your page and look that hub up when time permits. Much appreciation for your kindness. ~Missy

      Hey John, yes, very important message. They do multiply fast if you can't stay on top of the spay and neuter process, and as you can see, I try, but I have not conquered it fully. I'll keep trying and if the program for cheaper costs doesn't come up soon, I will have to dig deeper in my pockets to come up with the money.

      It would be nice to get on PetHelpful.com with this one, as one of my other articles got chosen for the delishably.com. I didn't even know hubpages was doing this. It was a nice surprise when I received the email. Shows you how on top of things I am here as well. I just don't have time to keep up with the hubpages current events either.

      Thank you for stopping by, and take care of those feline friends of yours, along with the others on the farm. I know you do!! ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      Hey Paula,

      Oh yes, I definitely know that people are astounded by all my kitties, and think that I have lost my mind. I actually would like to find a few of them a loving home, but my son is a no go for that idea. What can I say, I'm a sucker when it comes to my children's wants.

      They do all stay outdoors, except of course for the little kittens. I bring them in at night, and let them stay in an open cage during the sunny days.

      My daughter has bad allergies at certain times of the year, and cats can stir them up, so I have no choice but to keep them out. However, there is no way to contain a cat in a caged area. My cats are pretty good. They are always there when I step out of the door, and the yard is big enough for them to play safely in. We live in a small rural town with one main stop light and one grocery store, and I live on the outskirts as it is, so lots of woods in these parts for them to grab that itch to explore.

      Even though you can see our home from a narrow paved road, you still have to go down a dirt road a little to turn in our driveway, so the road is a distance, but those woods are too tempting at night for some of my cats. Not all of them, some have never ever ventured across. My Birdee loves to, and she is the numero uno, the one that started my whole brood, and she hasn't been hit yet. Her three though, never go from the yard. It's just a matter of which ones have the adventurous side in them versus the ones that say screw that, I don't need the adrenaline rush! lol.

      As you can tell by the many pictures I take, I do love each and everyone of them. I kind of get a kick out of going outside to sit on the porch to relax and drink some coffee while all the cats gather round and lay down around my feet. They even fight sometimes if one thinks another is getting more of my attention. It's so funny! I even have little videos of them playing and doing silly things, but I thought the pictures were already an overload. lol.

      Thank you for the compliment about my dark hair. It is my natural hair color, and I miss it sometimes. I feel it showed my Cherokee side more. However, I was getting a little snowy, and I just wasn't ready to go all out yet, although it actually looked like highlights. I had many compliments on my hair. Still, it was making me a bit depressed, so seeing as I cannot use dark hair color, because or major allergic reactions, I opted for bleach blonde. I don't know; I like it sometimes. I get a mix of opinions from people who have always known me. Some say they like the blonde really well, and some say I'm not the same papoose without the dark. I, myself, have gotten used to the blonde and feel it's who I am now. Plus, it brings out my eyes better. I like that part.

      Your first sentence was so funny. I loved, loved, loved, loved, the old Batman show with Batman and Robin, and Robin always saying those funny lines to Batman. I used to love the fight scenes when the cartoons would pop up and go BAM! BOOM! or POW! I miss those days and shows. I introduced that oldie to my son. He watched a few of them, but lost interest after that.

      It's always a pleasure to get your review of my hubs, Paula. I thank you!! ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      I'm so glad you liked this hub, Faith. I have to say, I'm still confused on how I put it all together. There were a lot of cats to account for. However, I want people to know that, even though I haven't done a perfect job of keeping them spayed and neutered, my attempts still exist. I will continue to keep trying before I accumulate anymore. As lovely as cats are, I'm overwhelmed sometimes.

      Thanks again for stopping by to read this hub. I do appreciate all the kind comments. ~Missy

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      Hi Bill,

      Oh Bunnies! I love little bunnies, and every time Easter rolls around; I think about getting one with floppy ears. However, with all the cats, that is a "no" for sure. The good thing is, the new kitties were born right in time for Easter. So, no bunnies, but kitties! lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on this hub. I will be making my way back to your page for another installment of those short stories of yours; I love so much to read. :)

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      Shaloo Walia 13 months ago

      Your cats are beautiful, Missy. I loved the pics you shared.

      It's not so common to keep cats as pets in India. While dogs are considered faithful, cats are supposed to be unfaithful and sly, well that is the general belief here in India.It is considered a bad omen if a cat crosses your path.

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      Hey Swalia, we have some superstitions here, but I never have played into those. Mostly, they consist of black cats crossing your path being a bad omen. Every other cat is just a cat. I like cats; they are very smart animals. However, I believe dogs beat them on being faithful and obedient to their owners. Cats, well, they have those canines beat with grooming and potty training, because they basically train themselves. Another reason I like cats, is because most are introverts, they would rather not be bothered to mingle much. lol... They are not needy like dogs. Dogs need, and constantly want attention.

      Thanks for stopping by this hub, swalia. ~Missy

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      wow, entertaining.. fact--funny... and good information too... and always a great poem at the end.. you do these hubs.. so good....

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      I am so proud and pleased that you like my work, Frank. I truly appreciate your feedback. ~Missy

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      Deb Hirt 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      You do have a nice group and they are happy and well fed for sure. I did volunteer work for Clarion (PA) Paws, which was for feral cats. It was a TN&R(trap, neuter, and release program). We adopted one of the feral, which never lost his slight wild edge. To survive, they HAD to be tough. He is a happy and healthy indoor cat, who is huge, just turning 6, I am told.

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      Missy Smith 13 months ago from Florida

      I'm not surprised you volunteered for this organization, Deb. You have a big heart. Thank you. :)

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