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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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.

t    k, WY

3/7/2012 11:13:14 AM

Great Article!

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