Why kittens of my cats kill other cats

Have you ever visited a shelter? Have you ever seen all these unwanted cats, waiting in small cages? If yes, you’re likely to agree that the proportion of cats versus humans who want to adopt cats is out of balance.

cats in a cage

Tessa and Kajsa at the shelter. Their cage was actually big in comparison!

I admit that I would love to see kittens of Tessa and Kajsa. A small version of Tessa, playing around, destroying my headphones, or a small version of Kajsa bossing me around … so cute it hurts! And so irresponsible that it’d cost lives and a lot of pain. Why? Well, I’d probably find good homes for their kittens, but they would take places away from kittens waiting at shelters.

Again – have you ever been at a shelter and want to tell these cats “Sorry, I want to see kittens of my own cats, which means that you can’t get a great family?”. Eventually, all kittens will become adults, and their chance of finding a family becomes less with every week – new kittens will come, being way cuter than adult cats, and more likely to find families.

cat is shy at shelter

Kajsa was very shy and afraid. It took days until she dared to leave her den

Apart from a cat population outnumbering humans who love cats, unneutered cats also face serious health risks like cancer. Unneutered cats are also more likely to destroy your furniture and fight with other cats.

And last, but not least: I know it’s difficult, but please question your friends’ choices when you hear that they want their cats to become pregnant. If you want to experience the joys of living with kittens, ask a shelter if you can host a cat with her kittens until the kittens are old enough to go their own ways! A great way of helping shelters, having a lot of fun and minimizing your own costs. Giving birth and fostering kittens can be very expensive on your own!

cat is so happy that someone plays with her at the shelter

Tessa was so happy when I came to play with her at the shelter

 

This post was part of a great Twitter campaign from UK shelters. Hashtag: #neuteryourpets