Top 10 Reasons Owners Surrender Cats to Shelters

Shelters hear many reasons why owners must give up their cats. Here are the top 10.

By Susan Easterly

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  1. Too many cats in the house.

  2. Allergies in the family.

  3. Owner is moving.

  4. Cost of pet maintenance.

  5. Landlord does not allow pets.

  6. No homes available for littermates.

  7. House-soiling.

  8. Owner having personal problems.

  9. Inadequate facilities.

  10. Doesn't get along with other pets.




Data collected from 1994-1997. For more information, visit the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy's Regional Shelter Survey website.

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Haley    Charlotte, NC

8/19/2014 4:26:03 AM

I cried like a baby on the way home after I dropped my cat off for a week's stay at a cat boarding place while I went on vacation for a week out of state. While I knew he'd be well taken care of (huge private room, window to look out of, toys, food, frequent litter box cleaning, and lots of attention from staff), it just tore me up having to leave him somewhere. I couldn't fathom surrendering a pet to a shelter unless I was on the streets myself with no where to go.

Jenna    Freeport, OH

10/13/2012 7:26:49 AM

Its so sad that people surrender their cats for ludicrous reasons such as these! ITS CALLED SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS! that could really help.

lou    boston, MA

6/18/2012 6:08:29 AM

First of all #1 should never happen, and #3 ..well would you leave your children behind when you move? You made a commitement to your pets and they move with you.

Michalle    Portland, OR

3/21/2012 2:43:46 PM

before a person surrenders their animals, they should lok into the root/causes of the problem or find an alternate means of finding a home for their pets.

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