Canada’s Kitty Problem

New study on overpopulation of cats in Canada reveals more felines are now sterilized to limit unwanted litters, but there are still more cats than people willing to welcome them under their roof.

The recently released report from the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CASC) recommends that more be done to encourage cat owners to sterilize their pets, even for six-week-old kittens.

“Overpopulation of cats remains a challenge for communities across Canada,” says the study.

Shelters are still home to twice as many cats as dogs, and the number of young cats is also twice as high as the number of young dogs, which means that unwanted litters are still a problem.

Excerpt from the CFHS Report

The report follows another similar study five years ago. It includes the results of a survey conducted by Ipsos last May.

The new data indicates that more cats are adopted and fewer are euthanized. They also show that more lost felines are returned to their master.

Fewer Canadians let their cats wander outside, where they run the risk of being hit by vehicles or fighting with other felines or animals.

The number of already sterilized cats that arrive at shelters is on the rise, and more cats are sterilized by animal-related organisms.

But the study points out that there are still too many cats and that the situation will not change until sterilization rates have increased.

The good news is that we have made giant strides in the welfare of cats since 2012. The bad news is that it’s not fast enough to deal with the overcrowding crisis. cats in Canada.

Barbara Cartwright, Executive Director of the CFHS

The report notes that there are approximately 9.3 million cats in Canada. But for reasons that are unknown, felines are not treated with as much care and consideration as dogs.

Toolika Rastogi, Director of Policy and Research for the CFHS, says some people see cats as less important than dogs, perhaps because felines are often given by a relative or neighbor.

Cats are also more fertile than dogs and can breed at a younger age.

“Cats are the most popular pets in Canadian cottages, followed closely by dogs. Yet, they are having more difficulties, “she commented.

Overpopulation creates problems

Cats languish longer in shelters until they are adopted, which can make them more vulnerable to stress-related illnesses.

According to Rastogi, the improvement in sterilization rates is a direct result of the decision by animal agencies to make this intervention a priority.

According to the study, only 19{ed1200bddbc03902e1fcc2a87da27944790d59ab127710d2b088ca8caae8436e} of cities surveyed had sterilization policies.

Toolika Rastogi believes that if more municipalities followed suit with animal organisms, sterilization rates would certainly increase.

“They have to do more,” she concluded.

About the author


Mark Furgison

Mark has over six years experience as a teacher, ecologist, zoologist and botanist. She has a B.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University Graduate School. His professional expertise in environmental health empacts has been recognized since 1973, when she testified at a New York DEC public hearing in Utica on ground truthing aerial photo wetland mapping by wetland community type. He taught (HS) Physics, Geology, Oceanography, Chemistry and photography from 1970-1980 at Palfrey Street School, Watertown, MA. Aproject: National Cooperative Highway Research Program.

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