Particulary if they won’t start in cold weather?
But seriously. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a big fan of responsible pet ownership. However, it seems to me that keeping old Mr Spot or Mr Fluffy from proceating by way of some medical snipping might be a poor use of money in achieving the goal reducing unwanted offspring.
Let me explain a bit. You have a population of male and female cats running around loose in an area. If you fix half the females, you’ll reduce the number of unwanted kittens by about half. Or in other words, there is a fairly strong correlation between how much you spend and the results you get. Also, this correlation isnt dependent on a high compliance rate (or is it?).
On the other hand, for the male cats, to me it appears to be the exact opposite. If you have all the females unfixed and all the males unfixed, many kittens ensue. But what if we fix half the males? Given kitty cruising habits and cats fairly high fertility, won’t the half that aren’t fixed just going to take up the slack for their sterile brothers? For that matter, I would think even a few unfixed males are going take care of any business that needs taking care off.
So, wouldn’t fixing male cats to curb kitty production only work well with really high compliance rates? Now, of course, this depends on your local cat population density/distribution, how far cats roam for booty calls, and what percentage of the females are fixed.
To me it appears to be a case of every little bit helps (but just a little).