11.9.07

TOO MANY CATS? Apparently, even in a university town there are more feral cats and strays than there are the stereotypical humanities types to take them in.
“There are a couple different classes of wild cats in the area,” said Beth Drake, executive director of TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb. “There are the fully feral cats – wild animals who are terrified of humans; there are the in-betweens, which were probably owned cats at one point; and there are owned cats who are allowed outside.”
The stray kitty population tracks kitty copulation.
DeKalb is currently in the grip of “Kitty Season,” a term used by Drake and [cat shelter operator Jane] Kosek to describe the April-through-November period when cats are the most active sexually. A female cat can reach sexual maturity in just four to six months. After that, she will produce two litters a year, each containing four to six kittens.“Most of the time, the litters we see contain six kittens. The problem here is that any ‘unfixed’ cat can interact with these females,” Drake said. “Even the inside-outside house cats are contributing to the problem.”
And sometimes those inside-outside house cats get turfed out because their owner moves to quarters that don't permit pets.

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