There’s human math, and then there’s kitty math! I prefer kitty math because I like the way the numbers add up better! For example, adopting one cat saves two lives!

How does this work? Easy! When you adopt a cat from a shelter that euthanizes, you are saving that cat’s life… but you are also making room for another cat to stay longer! That means that some cat you may have never even seen gets another chance to find a home! This is why I always encourage humans to rescue cats from open admission shelters.

Here is some more kitty math: one day equals thousands of kitties!

That is because tomorrow is Just One Day, that one day a year where shelters across the U.S. and Canada are asked to stop the killing for just one day. The shelters that participate (and sadly, not every shelter does) will promote their events and try to get lots of their pets adopted! And it works — every year, on June 11, thousands of lives are spared for that day — and many animals find homes. Find out if your community is participating on the Just One Day website.

Here is another figure for you: 1 plus 1 plus TNR equals negative 420,000.

420,000 is how many cats might *not* get born over the course of seven years if just one male and one female cat are TNR’d — Trapped Neutered and Returned to their colony. That is why it is so important to establish TNR programs everywhere! When cats that are considered feral wind up in an open admission shelter, they are euthanized because they are not considered adoptable. Some shelters have barn cat programs now, where ferals are adopted out to barns and warehouses so they can keep away vermin — but let’s try to stop feral kitties from getting born before they ever make it to a shelter! As most of you know, Alley Cat Allies is an awesome resource for feral cats and TNR.

I encourage you to get involved with what is going on at your local city shelters. Support them when they do positive things, and see what can be done about the bad. If you love cats, it is your civic duty to help change local ordinances so that someday, shelters can be no kill *all* the time. Help make Kitty Math work in your community!

Me LOVE Kitty Math too <3

XOXO

Important post. I noticed that most, if not all, of the NJ shelters are No Kill shelters anyway. It would be nice if the city shelters participated too. I saw the one TW used to TNR with 40 years ago!

I think maths with cats may be my most favourite kind!!

I like kitty math! Mum does too.

Purrs xx

Athena

Great post! This is the only math that adds up, Sparkle!

XOXO

Great math lesson, Sparkle! Now THAT’S the kind of math skills that everybuddy needs to learn!

kitty math is pawsome!!! Great post Sparkle!! <3

Oopsies! Our brain dead Mama just realized that wasn’t you Sparkle! But you do look very prettyful in the first photo! 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo

We love Kitty Math too Sparkle. And can we say, you look very beautiful pointing out the equations! Here’s to June 11th being really successful!

the critters in the cottage xo

Excellent graphics and message. Mom was happy to see how many Virginia shelters and rescues were listed as having taken the pledge. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

We didn’t know about “Just One Day”, that is great and we loved seeing your math equations, great post Sparkle!

Math isn’t so hard. It might be our new favborite subject!

Now that’s some math we can get into! Pawsome, Sparkle!

This is the best math lesson we ever saw, Sparkle. You are a gem, and your Human is too. XOXOXOXO

I love your math. I believe TNR is the best solution and should be adopted in every community. It is the only way that there will be a home for every kitty that needs one.

Paws way, way up for kitty math! These are the numbers that the opponents of TNR need to see and understand. TNR isn’t about trying to bother the neighborhood with a bunch of feral cats. It’s about making less feral cats to bother the neighbors. Some of our local no-kill rescues are participating in Just One Day, but our local high kill shelter marches on. There’s a long way to go to get to a no-kill nation.

Crossing our paws that June 11 is VERY successful.

Yes, kitty math IS the best math, for sure.

Purrs,

Nissy

we love that last equation, Sparkle. we hope more people will learn that one.

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

This is wonderful math Sparkle

Wowsers Sparkle..thanks for teaching mes some of that kitty math..Mom says your assistant is “quite lovely..MOL..I ams very prouds to say our local rescue..ROFF..Rescue Our Furry Friends..is on the sign up list..and they is NO-KILL..WOO-HOO..I am just sad that kitties and doggies is killed just cause they was borned..I wish everykitty and everydoggie a home with lots of love..

This is the bestest post Sparkle! We love kitty math!

We love kitty math, and hope that the special adopt a cat day will be successful ! Purrs

That 420,000 figure assumes all the kitties live seven years. In the wild, most will not.

From cats.about.com http://cats.about.com/od/spayneuter/f/MultiplyingCats.htm :

Â« A much more believable projection of 100 to 400 cats at the end of seven years. The difference, you see, is:

Â« 1. The original figure was based on one cat delivering 12 kittens a year, with a 20% mortality rate. Dr. Stoskopf â€™s studies found six kittens a year, with a 75% mortality rate.

Â« 2. The original projection assumed 100% survival of all the cats grown to adulthood for the entire seven years, a percentage that should have triggered red flags from the very beginning. Â»

From personal experience with a rural feral colony:

One queen had four kittens in the spring and four in the fall. We found new homes for four, one died (or disappeared while unhealthy), and one ran away. No other queen had kittens that year (except perhaps one who died from the kittening process either that year or the preceding year; her kittens did not survive).

That queen, her two yearling kittens who grew into queens, and one older queen had kittens that spring. From the first litter of four, three survived. From another litter of four, four survived. The third litter had three of four survive. The fourth litter had no kittens survive past two days due in part to cannibalism by the queens of the first three litters. The fourth queen then took her sister’s kitten to raise as her own.

Kitty math is the only math that makes proper sense!!

I admit the only math I’m good at is matching up the number of us lined up for Fancy Feast vs. number of plates.

I think you are brilliant to figure out kitty math.

Yay Sparkle! Great Kitty Math that even our pawrents can understand. I am so proud to say we are all rescues and Dad supports several shelters and the TNR effort in our area and across the country.

Lets have a No-Kill Nation!

We think KittyMath is the best ! All these numbers really do add up.

The ONLY kind of math MomKatt even WANTS to handle!

I just wish they could ALL be saved, like I was.

Purrz for gettin’ the word … um … numbers! out, girl!

Selina

I love your kitty math. That’s brilliant.

LOVED THIS POST and tweeted it!!!!! We wish “Just One Day” were EVERY DAY!!

We sure wish that was Just Every Day!

That was the best! If only we could really teach cat math to humans!

We LOVE Kitty Math!!!

that is awesome math!!!

We hope many, many cats will be spayed or snipped to reduce the number of kittens that are born every single day.

Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

We hope that someday all the shelters will be no kill everyday! We think the Just One Day is a great thing, and we hope that bunches and bunches of shelter pets find good homes!

You are so right. PS: It is STAGGERING to think of how many kittens can be born without population control like TNR.

Humans could learn a lot from kitty math. We really liked your post today.

Sparkle that is my kind of math….math with a purpose!! Surely clearer than a=b.

Having a kitty can also save a human life or at least make it the human life happier.

hugs madi your bfff

We also like your kitty math, Sparkle.

As far as we know, our shelter is not participating in Just One Day — we checked their web site yesterday. Maybe only a few in Canada do? We’re not sure. But it’s a great idea, and we hope that it makes a significant difference.

Yup, Sparkle, your kitty math is excellent. We didn’t know that tomorrow is the Just one day Day. We sure hope lots of cats and dogs get adopted. Great post. Take care.

OH Sparkle, if only these things happened on a regular basis, how much better it would be. Thank you dear pretty girl.

I love the kitty math better than human math too! Interesting post, Sparkle! Thanks for the info. You are a good teacher!

We were glad to see that our county shelter and SPCA’s have both taken the pledge. Too bad it’s just for the one day but they have had some huge adoption events and we hope fewer and fewer pets will be euthanized.

The Florida Furkids

We love kitty math too & purr tomorrow is very successful!!!

What a nice post ! All my cats are coming from a shelter, except Rosie who came from a young couple her cat had 6 kittens !

Very interesting kitty math! We hope June 11 is a big success this year.

Purrs,

The Chans

We like your kitty math too 🙂

We also like no kill shelters.

Purrs Georgia and Julie,

Treasure and JJ

Pawsum posty. Meez likes kitty math.

Luv ya’

Dezi