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The Birds, Bees, and Kitties

I recently had to explain to my seven year-old why I was shooing the kitty away from the house and away from the girl kitty who was acting kinda funny. We were having a birds, the bees, and kitties talk in which we discussed how boy kitties have spikes on the end of their winkles to ensure their parenthood possibilities.

My poor son will never be able to shake the images of that conversation. Good. He did understand there’s a biological imperative for species survival. They don’t even realize they are programmed to continue their existence. People too. And our job is to ruin their job when propagation is a bad thing.

If left up to their funny business, this is how cats would multiply and procreate. One mommy kitty can have three kittens three times a year. So she can potentially spawn 9 kittens per year. Second year and you multiply those 9 kitties by three and three again and now you have 81 kittens. And by the third year, 775 cats in your backyard howling and spraying.

So we treated our girl kitty to a cab ride to the clinic and unkittened her. Because I feel that if you’re going to feed them, then you need to make sure there will be no other mouths to feed later.

We’re just lucky enough to have an old country vet down the road who’ll take their crazy furry butts out of the trap and fix ‘em up. My husband and I live near a river and this is a highway for all animals. We have taken care of at least 50 cats in one way or another in the past 12 years. And, although it’s been heart wrenching at times, it’s also the least we can do.

One week ago, we lost our Butthead to a surprise case of cancer. And although we got him from the streets of Denton, actually in a parking lot, that is no place for kittens. So please do an extra good responsible action toward an animal and spay or neuter or call the local authorities to humanely and compassionately end or deter future suffering of any animals. Our bigger brains suggest we are smarter. Right practices of any sort are a choice.o-ANDY-PROKH-A-GIRL-AND-HER-CAT-570

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6 Responses to “The Birds, Bees, and Kitties”

  1. kathy says:

    Spikes????

    OMG eeeeks!!

  2. Wow, what a big heart you have, Shalagh, to care for so many kittens! It is the best thing to do for your cat, to be sure. I have three happy kitties and no more!

    • Shalagh says:

      I liked you even before I knew you liked cats. And then you were a cat girl and I said,”See there’s was something more there I must have known.” This doesn’t begin to tell the story of the cats here by the river.
      Thanks Amy

  3. Y says:

    Yay! I know you take great care of your ferals and always spay/neuter them and feed them and care for them. So proud! I should introduce you to my friend…she and a small group of diligent cat lovers have trapped neutered and returned hundreds of cats all over Baltimore. She’d love to hear about your rescued kitties!

    • Shalagh says:

      We haven’t really done any cat helping in a long time. It takes a real toll on you to have to play God. There’s more stories, some good and some not so. Although we’ve “assisted” many animals here, it is not necessarily something I love to do. But is something I have to do if I fed them especially. Thanks Ms. Y for thinking more of me.
      Love,
      Shalagh

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