Originally Posted by Bullit
I went on a certain forum today. A person put a post stating that their cat is having kittens and what signs should they look for when the cat is ready to give birth. This cat is a mixed breed and it is her second litter. I, of course wrote and stated that she is adding to the problem of pet overpopulation. I was told in no uncertain terms that it is their right to have kittens and a female cat should be allowed to have one litter. I wrote back and told her that it is a myth that cats need to have one litter . They told me also that they take excellent care of her cat and all the kittens have homes. I said that their kittens would take the place of now homeless cats and they would most likely be put to death for lack of home. They wrote back stating that I should get off my high horse that nobody wants my lectures. Then another person comes on and says that they have a cat who has had 2 litters which they keep kittens out of and now are going to allow those to have kittens.
They just do not get it. They feel it is their right as long that they take good care of their cats and have homes for the kittens. Of course the father of these kittens are just roaming tomcats.
AHHHHH- I feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall
Thanks for listening
I know you are frustrated....here are some good points to raise to those people:
Donâ€™t lose sight of the goal, which is at best to stop the litters, and at worse to CONTROL the litters. Work up a program where you can reward people who wonâ€™t stop breeding by getting them to work with you. Ask them about fostering pregnant mothers & adopting the litters through your organization. If you canâ€™t stop the breeding you must control the sources by any means possible. If it costs you money, remember the money you are saving in unborn litters and the animals that are still living because there are fewer litters!
When they respond: "I find GOOD homes for all my litters!" respond POSITIVELY!
"I know, but good homes are so difficult to find. Would you consider helping us to find homes for our litters? It would be such a tremendous help if you could foster just one of our many pregnant cats." Even if they refuse to help, they are going to hear that they are needed to help and that there is a problem with pregnant cats. Of course, they think itâ€™s YOUR problem, but you can work your way around to "THATâ€™S THE REASON I CALLED!" said with utmost patience and gently, of course.
When they respond: "I donâ€™t care!" to the statistics. Ask them if they realize their tax dollars are spent to catch/care/kill impounded animals and how much it cost a day. You can offer them your job. Offer to pay them. They wonâ€™t accept but at the very least youâ€™ve made them think. Someday maybe the thinking will pay off. Meanwhile, get your legislation in place to cover those breeders you canâ€™t find any other buttons for.
There is more really good advice on this site:http://www.ahimsatx.org/nnl/docs/HowTo.htm
Remember....the goal is to get them to get the cats spayed. If it takes a different approach..so be it.