Imagine, if you will, that Chrystal and her family had not answered the call about feral kittens, not gone to see them, not captured them. It's another reality we call... CATastrophe!
Leo is now two years old. As a two year old feral male, he'd be a loner, no one to cuddle, no one to scritch his chin, no warm bed to curl up in, no human to see to his every need, want and desire. Just cold, heat, and fighting.
Leo has five sisters. They would have had three litters by now. Considering that they were a litter of six, chances are they would have had litters of six each time. That means 18 kittens for each sister. For a grand total of 90 new kittens. Oh, and don't forget their momma who is now fixed, she'd have had three more litters of six as well, meaning the total comes up to 18 kittens. IF they all survive... chances of that, pretty slim.
Now Leo, he would have been *ahem* active at around six months old. Considering that he's a little shy, though a HUGE kitty, lets assume that he only 'gets' two girl cats a heat season. If those ladies have litters of six That's 12 a season, for a total of 36 kittens he fathers. Now, if he stays with his family.. some of his kittens might also be his sisters kittens, maybe even his mothers, but lets not get into that hairy ball of wax...
So between Leo, his mom and his sisters, we have 144 cats.
Now, lets look at the kittens of the kittens! That first season's kittens would have two litters by now, and the second season's kittens would have had one litter. If everyone survived, we're talking ... oh forget it! I am not doing that much math!
Pardon my language, but that is one huge crapload of cats!
Would they all survive? No. Cars, wild animals, fights, illness, bad humans, accidents.. It's a perilous world out there for ferals. But still, that's a lot of cats with no one caring for them.
What a bleak thought.
But there is such a person as Chrystal. There is such people as her family. They did capture and save Leo and his sisters. They did trap, neuter, and return his mom (where she's being fed by a lady). They fixed Leo and his sisters. There will be no more kitties from this group. Whew!
However. 4 of Leo's sisters are still waiting on their forever homes. They are beautiful girls, two of them with extra toes like Leo. They have grown up in the cathouse. Yes, they are safe, fed and cared for. But that's not the same thing as having their own loving home. Can you please help find those homes? Can you consider taking one or more in? Can you help? Will you?
(Spritz may not be ready, but could still use an understanding home)
There are other kitties in the cathouse too. Several of them are adorable kittens, wouldn't it be great to get them homes before they, too, grow up in the cathouse?
While you're contemplating which kitty to add to your house, or which kitty goes with which of your family or friends, please remember that there are still 11 days left in our fundraiser and boy are the funds needed! New kittens coming in, lots of travel to hopefully capture that last little kitten someone dumped in the middle of nowhere, food, fixing, litter... the list goes on and on.
Please, if you can, donate, and if you donate at least $15 we will send you a great set of five toys!
Oh! And while I'm thinking of it. It seems that the reason I couldn't post on some sites is that the site's spam filter suddenly decided I was spam!
If someone could please ask Blog of Otis and Zee and Zoey to check their spam folders and unspam me, I would so appreciate it!!! I think those are the only other ones I'm not able to post on. Love and Hisses already did theirs and I can post there, Three Cat Yard said he would check. I'm not sure who else might be considering me spam... maybe wordpress blogs?
I did find a few comments that were NOT spam in my spam folder, so I quickly unspammed them!
Heck with it, EVERYone check your spam folder please!! It's awful to comment and no one sees it..