A lot of cats: New report says inadequate progress on reducing cat overpopulation

OTTAWA– A brand-new research study on feline overpopulation in Canada says more of the family pets are being sterilized to reduce undesirable litters, but there are still more felines than individuals happy to give them homes.The report

by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies advises more must be done to motivate spaying and neutering, even for kitties as young as six weeks old.

“Feline overpopulation continues to challenge neighborhoods across Canada,” says the report launched Thursday.

“There are still twice as numerous felines being admitted to shelters as dogs and the fraction of those felines who are juveniles is also twice as high when it comes to pets, pointing to the continuing issue of undesirable litters.”

The report is an update to a comparable study done 5 years back. It includes the results of an Ipsos survey conducted last May.The new findings show more cats are being embraced. Fewer felines are being put down and more lost cats are being reunited with their owners.Fewer Canadians are letting their cats roam outside not being watched where they are at threat of being hit by lorries or getting into battles with other felines and animals.The number of felines that come to shelters already purified or neutered is up, and more are being decontaminated by animal care organizations.But the report says there are still a lot of felines and that won’t change unless spay

and neuter rates improve.”Fortunately is we’ve taken some giant leaps forward in feline well-being because 2012,” said Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the federation.”The bad news is it is not happening quickly enough to overcome Canada’s cat overpopulation crisis. “The report keeps in mind there are an approximated 9.3 million felines in Canada. But for some factor, cats do not receive the same care and consideration as their canine counterparts.Toolika Rastogi, the federation’s policy and research study manager, stated felines are seen by some people as being more non reusable, perhaps due to the fact that they were gotten totally free from a relative

or neighbour.They are also more fertile than canines and can conceive at a younger age.”We have actually got cats being the most popular animals in the homes of Canadians, being followed very carefully by dogs, but

they are facing even more difficulty,”she said.Overpopulation produces other problems.Cats can suffer in shelters too long waiting for adoption, making them more susceptible to stress-related illnesses.Rastogi stated the improvement in feline sterlization rates is a direct outcome of animal organizations making spay and neutering

a top priority. More work is being done

, consisting of developing mobile systems to deal with animals in remote locations.The study keeps in mind that just about 19 per cent of municipalities that reacted to the survey have spay or neuter policies.The report advises neighborhoods must promote the sterilization of cats and use rewards for the procedure to be done at no or inexpensive. Rastogi stated if more towns replicate exactly what animal

companies are doing, spay-neuter rates are bound to enhance.”They need to do more,”she said.– By John Cotter in Edmonton