There's a reason animal advocates say to spay and neuter your pet! Check out the reproduction rates of these mammals.
Many pet owners choose to spay and neuter their pet not only for health reasons, but also to keep stray populations down. Dogs and cats are known to wander the neighborhood every now and then, and if a female is in heat, that could be troublesome for the pet population.
Assuming the average ratio of males to females is 1:1, here's a breakdown of how many babies these animals can produce in their average life span if every animal in the litter survived to adulthood. We threw in rabbits because their fecundity will make your jaw drop!
In theory, a female can have up to three litters in a year with an average litter size of seven puppies. One female and her babies can theoretically create 67,000 puppies in six years.
The average litter of cats is 1 to 8 babies and 2-3 litters annually. One cat could have 100 kittens in her lifetime. However, her entire generation could include 420,00 kittens in seven years.
A female can have 1-14 babies in a litter starting at only six months old. Rabbits can become pregnant within minutes after birth. As their gestation period is about one month, one female could hypothetically give birth 12 times in one year, though the mating season is typically the springtime.
Based on the approximate seven-year life span of a rabbit, one female and her offspring could lead to nearly 185 billion rabbits in seven years.
Have you ever wondered why the Easter Bunny is associated with eggs? Even our ancestors knew the incredible reproductive potential of rabbits.
Every year, up to four million animals are euthanized in U.S. shelters predominantly as a result of lack of homes. Every day, seven dogs and cats are born per every newborn American human, but only 1 in 5 of these fur babies will stay in the home where it was born.
That creates a lot of homeless kittens and puppies, especially when less than half of pets are acquired from shelters.
Spaying or neutering your pet not only helps your pet, but it also helps the environment and other pets.
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