for The Love of CatsWhy We Do What We Do
Kitty and Ed Zimmer’s love of cats go back a long way. Ed’s first encounter was in the 1940s as a child on a small New Hampshire farm with a resident colony of barn cats. Since none of them were fixed, there were always more than enough cats to keep the barn free from rodents with natural attrition limiting the colony’s size. Cat spay/neuter was not a concern then, as cats lived primarily outdoors.
Kitty’s first encounter was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after she graduated from college. She wanted a companion cat but could not afford to adopt from a shelter, so she answered a “free cat” ad and adopted a gray-and-white tiger kitten named Amino. Before she knew it, Amino had a litter of kittens that Kitty gave to coworkers and relatives. As soon as her financial situation improved, Amino was spayed and became Kitty’s soul mate.
We could think of no better way to show our love of cats than providing them with the one service that would strengthen their cat-human bond. No longer spraying, yowling, or kittening, fixed cats are easier to take care of and statistically more likely to keep their forever homes forever.