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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Marzena    Brooklyn, NY

5/15/2010 9:43:22 AM

For those who are moving interstate, and are worried about taking their cats, AirTran is a great airline. I am moving to California in the summer me, and my two cats are flying for less than $500.

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