Debunking the Myths: Copy Cat

Our current series is focused on some of the reasons that people do not get their pets spayed or neutered. Our starting point is this well-done page from the Humane Society’s website. In the first post, we talked about the myth of just one litter.

We will look at two closely related myths today:

  • But my pet is a purebred.
  • But my dog (or cat) is so special, I want a puppy (or kitten) just like her.

Our pets are a part of our family, so of course we think they are special. Special in that they are a purebred or because of their unique beauty or personality.

However, you can never get carbon copy of your pet. Biology tells us that mixing the genes of two animals is going to give us a different animal. Then there is the influence of environment on personality. You would never expect your second child to be exactly like your first!

And if your pet is special because it is a purebred, don’t count out getting another purebred from a shelter. In fact, the Humane Society website says that one in four dogs and cats in shelters are purebred. Rescue organizations for specific breeds abound.

At Cats in Tow, we believe all cats and dogs are special. That is why we work to provide loving forever homes to all of our animals. Why not come see how special they are!

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More Help for Feral Cats

We hope you have found our series on feral cat care informative.  If you have missed any of the series, here are the links: First Step; Stray, Feral, Pet; The Feral Fix; Why TNR; Cat Colony Care; TNR: Humane Trapping; and Colony Carer Help.  We are still looking to hear from people involved with feral cats – carers, vets who offer low-cost help with feral cat colonies, someone who has a adopted a former feral or kitten from a feral litter.  Leave a comment below to tell us your story or let us know if you’d like to contribute your story as an interview or guest blog.

To wrap up this series, we have researched other feral cat organizations around the US and world.  If you are outside of the Cats in Tow area, consider getting involved with one of the organizations below or something similar.  These organizations are committed to spaying/neutering, keeping adult cats healthy and preventing kittens from being born into the wild and without adoption placements and ultimately, killed by many overcrowded shelters who don’t have any other options. 

Spaying/neutering your own animal, donating money or supplies to shelters, volunteering at shelters, adopting a shelter animal, caring for feral cat colonies, getting the word out about spaying and neutering.  There is so much you can do!

Around the US:

Alley Cat Allies, Making Connections

Orange County SPCA, Additional Resources

Sacramento Feral Resources

Forgotten Feral Cat Rescue, Michigan

List for organizations in Massachusetts

List for organizations in Western Washington state and beyond

Aggie Cat Services, Utah State University 

Neighborhood Cats, New York City

Around the world:

Toronto Feral Cat Coalition

Quadra (British Columbia) Cats

Cats Assistance to Sterilize (C.A.T.S.), Australia

United Kingdom, Celia Hammond Animal Trust

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a quick survey of the web to show how many cats out there need your help.  If you don’t find your area above, search online. There is sure to be an organization near you.