Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why Au And Target Don't Have Family

"Why don't you breed your cats? They're famous and their kittens would have great lives."  This is something I hear from strangers who read Katz Tales in The Star on a regular basis. 

The answer is this: last year 1 shelter in our state put down 12,000 animals.  That's just 1 shelter.  It's not counting the other shelters, the council pounds, the small neighbourhood rescue groups and the hundreds of independent rescuers who put sick abandoned animals out of their misery.  Also, that's just in our state.  I'm not counting what's going on in the other states. 12,000 is the tip of the iceberg.

Au and Target are retired gentlemen cats because I don't have the heart to add to this problem.

If I could wave a magic wand, I'd chip all pets, and give discounted neutering/spaying.  Anyone who chose not to neuter would have to pay a whacking great big license fee.  Ideally, I'd try to stop all breeding for 2 or 3 years. 

We've got a buy-and-throw attitude towards pets.  If they were rarer, maybe we'd treat them better.

35 comments:

Kelly Yaman said...

couldn't agree more...some people choose to throw away adult cats maybe because they do get the cats for free (as kittens) and decide to throw them when they are no longer cute. what a ridiculous excuse! perhaps if they fork out huge sum to get a kitten, maybe less adult cats will be thrown away. same goes with spay/neuter. a lot of cat owners does not spay/neuter their cats, then when they get too overwhelm with kittens, they started to throw them away. this is sad since it should be their responsibility to control their cat's population, instead of sending those cats/kittens to market, hoping they will survive on their own. if i am a millionaire, i'd definitely collect all the stray cats, spay/neuter, groom them and make a park for them to stay. then charge people who want to come and see them! :D

Neri said...

a big, resounding, YUP!

Katnip Lounge said...

Compounding the common worldwide problem, people are losing their homes in droves here in Vegas, and dumping their pets at the shelters the same way the're dumping their over-mortgaged homes. Irresponsible! I know for a fact that our Sylvester was surrendered at our vet for that reason.
SPAY and NEUTER!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Very true

Blackie007 said...

I get the same questions, too, not because my cats are famous, but because the people who asked those questions think they are beautiful and their kittens would fetch a tidy sum. They think I am stupid to feed and house 2 neutered cats that don't earn their keep.

That said, I am not totally against breeders, BUT they must be very responsible and ethical breeders registered under, say, CFA. If they are selectively breeding to improve the standards of a certain breed (neutering the majority of the kittens that are not selected for breeding), and they are not selling them for money, I am not against that.

What I am against are the majority of the breeders whom we call BYB (backyard breeders). The majority of MCFA (not related to the CFA association) cat club members belong to this group. They would buy a so-called pedigree, and breed it with a domestic cat, and the pretty kittens are sold while the not so pretty ones are put up for adoption, or "disappear" if there are no takers. The poor queen is never given a rest period but is continuously bred and is in a poor condition, health and coat-wise, as it is viewed as a kitten factory and nothing more. These are people I would love to strangle, as they are the ones who contribute to the numbers of abandoned cats.

Neutering all the strays on the streets won't solve the problems, and knowing how the law is enforced in M'sia, it'll be next to impossible to enforce a high license fee for unneutered cats. For dogs, yes, but cats? No, for the simple fact that M'sia is a muslim country and there is a higher tolerance for cats than dogs.

I think education needs to start with the cat owners. Lots and lots of media coverage, lots and lots of videos or pictures to show the lives of stray cats on the streets (how they are not doing well as strays), and the benefits of neutering. It'll take a long time, but at least, one day, I think, the cat owners might be more enlightened.

Roy said...

I wish I had not read this post today. If I get really wound up on this subject we would have to pay for the comment to be posted. Simply said, in general, humans are the most thoughtless creatures on earth. When a cute little kitten, a gift to the family child for Christmas or birthday, gets bigger it becomes a headache, destroying priceless 'stuff and things' that many of these 'thoughtless creatures' possess mostly because they think they need to keep up with the 'Jonses' and have to out do them in possessions. And, that starts my long list of rebuttal items I love throwing back in faces that ask me "Why do you take in all these little animals? They are just so much trouble, they cost so much, and they don't care for you ..... they don't have souls ...." And this last comes from more than a few of the diehard bible pounders around us here in the deep South.

Now, see what I'm saying? So many thousands of little ones thrown out the window of a speeding car or truck ..... many to lay suffering and slowly dying from the injuries .....

I have rescued 4, 2 coming later on their own and staying these 7+ years on the carport and in the laundry room cause we do not have the room or the money to have them in the house.

I commend you on your stand with the breeding program. Would that it could be put in place throughout the world.

I'm gone .....

Mr Puddy said...

I vote for you to be a prime minister !

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I can't believe there are idiots out there who want you to breed Au and Target. Each cat is beautiful and unique but it doesn't mean we should let them reproduce so we have lots of similarly smart and beautiful cats around to live short, unhappy lives as abandoned pets and strays who have to scavenge for food in the trash. Neutering, microchipping, vaccinating and providing the best of care to our animal companions is the responsible and humane thing to do. People who insist on not neutering their cats and dogs should be made to pay licence, vaccination and other fees for the offspring and grand-offspring and great-grand-offspring of all their animals, as well as provide food and veterinary care for the entire lives of the animals.

Kat's Kats said...

Thomas says, "Our mom thinks about the same as Blackie007. Everycat in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde from our Founder Christopher T Cat through the current members have all be 'broken' and become Tims or Princesses depending on their gender. Mom's motto is 'Neuter and Spay, It's the Only Way!' We even have a graphic of it in our shop. Mom is more than happy to add any shelter or rescue groups info on stuff free of charge so they can order stuff for sales. I don't have multi-packs of stickers & buttons and such in most areas but this is one where I felt it was appropriate to have them for people to be able to pick up. I hope that made sense. It's being a day for me here. BTW the stickers are printed on the same material as the bumper sticker so you can use them on your car with confidence."

Whisppy said...

I agree completely. Unless the breeding is to maintain a certain breed (and bred only by responsible breeders), I believe all pets should be neutered.

People keep asking me why I neutered Whisky since she is so cute and won't I want her puppies? My answer is simple, I love Whisky for who she is. Her puppies are not her clones and would have their own personality.

Bottom line is :
There are more than enough animals already in the world that need a home. You don't need to breed and contribute to this. For every litter of puppies / kittens / animal born, there are just as many existing animals in the world that has to be put down due to no fault of theirs except that there's too many of them.

Breeding is different from cloning. Breeding does not clone your existing "perfect" pet.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

THANK YOU for this post! And honestly, I think I have a much better life being a single girl kitty with no kittens than an overworked momcat that is just adding to the overpopulation problem.

Simba said...

Yes, we agree with you completely.Though sometimes Mom wishes she could clone my personality!

sully86 said...

totally agreed

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Au & Target,
I can't agree more with your mom. My Mama has a bad habit. Everytime someone talks about their kitties misbehaving, she'll ask: have you neutered your cat? har har har *evil laughs* Except for Nikki and Michael, the rest of us in this household were stray cats. Oh, all six of us are neutered. purrr...meow!

d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Very well said my friend.

catsynth said...

It is sad how many animals are put down in shelters :(

The shelters here, such as the one where I adopted Luna, only adopt out animals after they have been spayed/neutered. Sometimes I think it's sad that she doesn't have offspring, but I know that there is a big problem with overpopulation with so many pets needing homes.

Kea said...

Here you are preaching to the converted -- this message really needs to reach the ones who are so thoughtless. But sadly, the ones who need to listen are the ones who don't care enough to do so. It's a terrible problem, world-wide, and the mom just can't stand it when people don't spay/neuter, just let their cats breed.

In our area, a couple of vets out of the city, in a more rural area, have started a low cost spay/neuter program. We wish there would be one in town, too, but of course most vets here are against that, because it cuts into their profits.

-Fuzzy Tales

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Ver well stated. We are all spayed and neutered here too.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Old Kitty said...

In the UK alone there are approx. 1.3 million cats (Your Cat May 2011) who are not neutered. That's scary and just really wrong.

And there really isn't any excuse. My five previous kitties were spayed and neutered either free or at a discount price at my local animal charity shelter. It really was as simple as that.

Take care
x

Dianne said...

I love you

animals are not accessories or prizes
they are living creatures who love and need love and respect

I wish I had that same magic wand

Hugs to all

Hannah and Lucy said...

This blog shows why we were rescued by the RSPCA from a "home" with over 100 cats!! We were all lucky as the RSPCA took care of us and neutered, wormed, fleaed, gave us our first jabs and found us good homes with responsible, loving people. The problem in the UK though is not as widespread as in the USA as mostly we are neutered as a matter of course.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Brian said...

Bravo! Careless critter care is bad and needs to go away!

Random Felines said...

YEP YEP YEP!!! Of course, we have some great low cost spay/neuter clinics around here and people still don't seem to get the point. I wish some of these people would be forced to look the cats in the eye as they are taken at shelters to be put down - just because the shelter doesn't have any more space. Try that one or twice and people would (you hope) think more about their decisions....

Cheri said...

We agree!!All of our feral cat were spayed and neutered by us. I feel so sad for the mom cats who have litter after litter and die young, exhausted. And the suffering the kittens endure without medical care. Spay and Neuter!

Cats of Wildcat Woods

Admiral Hestorb said...

One of the best blogs on the topic I have seen,
and I think you for it.

UI would do the same and have thought in a very similar way as to what I would do if only I could.

meowmeowmans said...

Bravo! Well said!

Thank you for such a well written and right-on-target post. :)

ABBY said...

In our area, the cat non profit group we volunteer with is a feral/low cost spay & neuter clinic. They have spayed and neutered over 50,000 animals in our area and it has reduced the euthanasia of cats in our area by over 60%. It is amazing how such simply things can be so effective.

>^..^< >^..^< >^..^ >^..^< >^..^<
Abby Ping Jinx Boo Gracie
purrin
xoxox
~ManxMnews

The Cat From Hell said...

This is something that makes me MAD! Me was bought by the first peoples who had me, cuz they thought they could make money from me having kittens.
They did not know what to do with cats and me was badly abused. Me was taken to a shelter and they was going to put me down because we was a horrible viscious cat. It took me a long time before me would trust my forever Mommy and Daddy.
Me wants all people to know that we is not Money makers or fashion accessories!
Thanks yous
Nellie

Cory said...

Great post! We have a wonderful low cost spay/neuter vet very close to our house, yet so many irresponsible people still won't make the effort or spend the money.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Ellen, you have such a wonderful heart and I love your ideas!
your fan
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

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Cat said...

So many sad facts, but you are absolutely right. I think it is any pet owners job to neuter their animals. We love our cats (all of here in the blogging community), but there ARE so many people that don't value their animals like we do and don't see them or any other animals as beings, but rather, as objects that they can keep or throw out as they feel. Sooooo, sooo, not fair to the poor animals. I wish more people would be responsible animal owners and humans. Like Kelly Y., if I were a millionaire, I would definitely spend a big hunk of money on animals....they deserve it. (That was written by our Mom...purrs from us, Lautrec, Tiny and a woof from Ellwood)

fatimatuzzahra said...

sooo true..i've got 2 female cats..there will always be 2 cats n no breeding at all..

truluvrabbitry.com said...

You are absolutely right about buy and throw. It is sad. What a delicate balance to strike.