Is Global Warming Increasing The Cat Population?


Currently, cats outnumber dogs by 13.5 million in the US and their numbers continue to increase. Shelters all across the nation are reporting increases in the number of cats and kittens coming into their shelters. Numerous Pets Across America shelters saw an increase of 30% from 2005 to 2006 and is seeing a steady increase each year.

Many people believe that global warming is a key factor in the increase of the cat population. The president of the Pets Across America says that:

Cats are typically warm-weather, spring-time breeders. However, states that typically experience primarily longer and colder winters are now seeing shorter, warmer winters, leading to year-round breeding. Basically, there is no longer a reproduction lull with cat breeding cycles and unfortunately, it seems more people are bringing boxes of kittens into our agencies during winter now.

20 Responses to “Is Global Warming Increasing The Cat Population?”

  1. Steve says:

    Perhaps, maybe. So, how do human beings adapt creatively and robustly to the challenges of climate change. (”Global Warming”)

    How did they adapt to onslaught of the ice age?

  2. Susan says:

    And these people with the boxes of kittens never heard of spaying?

  3. k says:

    Unfortunately an awful lot of people seem unwilling to neuter their pets; I’ve heard excuses ranging from, “we thought it would be nice to let her have at least one litter so our kids could witness the miracle of birth” to “I can’t afford it”.

  4. Elderta says:

    I’ve also heard people say, especially about male dogs and cats, and they could never neuter them because of their manhood. Or something like that. “I would never cut off any male’s balls because that would be a reflection of my or my husband’s manhood” is pretty much what the argument boils down to.]

    Hey… I never said it made any sense, it’s just what I’ve heard.

  5. Lynne says:

    How did they adapt to onslaught of the ice age?

    Slowly. The ice age took centuries to come about, unlike the current climate change which is happening faster than the scientists predicted.

  6. petslave says:

    to those that want their children to witness the miracle of birth–take them to the euthansia room at you local shelter & also let them witness the miracle of death.

  7. pavlovscat says:

    My answer to the “manhood” issue:
    Testicular implants for pets.j

    SPAY/NEUTER if you care!! Most areas have low/no cost programs these days.

  8. Senas Mom says:

    This just came up on a Portland, OR news website. Since I live near Portland, it makes the original article hit home even more.

    OHS: Kennels Are Full

    PORTLAND - Oregon’s largest animal shelter is stretched to the limit, with officials calling on anyone who is thinking about adopting an animal to step forward.

    The director of operations for the Oregon Humane Society says about every kennel in the shelter is full. Susan Mentley says that means there is almost no space left for new arrivals.

    The lack of space puts a particular strain on other shelters, as OHS takes in more than 2,000 animals each year from shelters throughout the region.

    Nearly 300 animals are now available for adoption at the OHS, including 176 cats and 91 dogs. Just last month, 400 cats arrived at the shelter, with that number expected to go up dramatically as the number of newborn kittens skyrockets in the summer months.

    If you are interested in welcoming a new addition to your family, click HERE.


  9. mittens says:

    perhaps global warming is also the excuse for the pet food poisoning. perhaps al gore can be an expert witness for Menu Food’s defence.

    i believe he invented the internet and the earth’s’s rumoured he also invented cats.

  10. Steve says:

  11. ~Martha~ says:

    Tho I have lived with many pets over my adult years, I always brought them into my life.

    This year an abandonded kitty adopted me not long before she had kittens. She is very small and so are her kittens, however I was worried about new males hanging around already, the kitties just turned 2 months old this week, so I took her to be spayed yesterday. It had to be the most horrid experience of her young life. I went to pick her up at the pick-up time and she had not even had her operation yet…but they did it while I waited and let me bring her on home.


    Today she hates me. I am so sad. It’s so different than all the other times for other pets that were spayed/neutered over the years.

    She completely trusted me. Now she doesn’t.

  12. Amy says:

    Petslave - good idea

    Mittens - lol!

    Martha - sorry your kitty had such a bad experience; you still did the right thing though…

  13. Traci says:

    Give her time and space and little steps. I had a semi-feral adopted (along with my tame adopted) that I had to give pill antibiotics to which were chased with 6ccs of water (during December).

    Both hated it although my semi-feral was more submissive about taking them. Between the chasing them down for meds, though, my semi-feral began to retreat from the trust and affection she had gradually been building and going back to keeping good distance and being “a blur.”

    She is now back to the level of trust and affection she was at (before the meds) and way beyond it–to maybe being the lap kitty I hope she will be by the end of the year. But it took a good month after the meds stopped for her to start coming around again.

    Good luck, I am optimistic for you and kitty.

  14. mittens says:

    martha- i had 2 semi feral cats who sort of didn’t like me yet anyway fixed at once and they absolutely loathed me for about 2 days.

    that was 10 years ago. both have spent the years since the fixing following me around like puppies and sleeping next to my head every night. female cats can get all sorts of tumours and serious medical problems associated with not being fixed. she will get over it. give her time and stop beating yourself up.

    i also got an older female who was my only cat for years fixed late in her life. she was devoted to me. and after a few days of hating me she was her old self and back to loving me. i saved her life by having her fixed-she had masses of tumours on her uterus. they were so unique the doctor saved them. they would have killed her. she lived for 10 more happy years dying of old age -over 20 years old.

    you did the right thing although it is very hard to see them after any vet experience that’s invasive in particular.

  15. Traci says:

    I posted this a few days ago on another blog entry here, just cutting and pasting my comment:

    People can help out by fostering the kittens that come into the shelters (until they are old enough for spay & neuter and for adoption).

    Many shelters/rescues will provide the food, litter and vet care also; so, all you may need to provide is the safe space for them and the affection/interaction.

    Besides, they’re so cute and you’ll feel so glad to have done it. :)

  16. Helen says:

    If you can’t foster a pet, you can sponsor one at a local shelter. You give them a donation to sponsor a particular animal.

  17. mittens says:

    besides fostering and sponsoring- in just about every community there are low cost spay and neuter programs. you can get coupons for low cost fixing surgery from ‘Friends of Animals ‘ and they can direct you to low cost programs in your area. . we have a ‘ spayin’ wagon’ that goes around the city here. tell people about it. i have found that people are quite receptive- if you give them the materials or email them a link with everything spelled out for them.

  18. ~Martha~ says:

    Thanks to Amy, Traci, and mittens for the support and especially for sharing your experiences of a similar nature.

    It’s the trust issue that hurt … I’m sure she had trusted those that abandonded her and they let her down …then she thought she could trust me…and I crammed her into a carrier as she demonstrated she wanted to flee. I can’t even imagine what she thought about that nor what happened to her at the vet’s…in the “spay-while-you wait” clinic.

    I do feel better, thanks again for your posts. :)

  19. ~Martha~ says:

    Regarding avoiding and delaying spay/neutering:

    petslave said: “to those that want their children to witness the miracle of birth–take them to the euthansia room at you local shelter & also let them witness the miracle of death”

    Excellent suggestion!!

  20. catluv says:

    the best thing we could change is writing letters to th govornment to make it illegal to not get your pets spayed and nutered with a fine of 5,000 dollars or something.

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