Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | June 4, 2008

Why are there more stray cats than dogs?

As a shelter cat here at Second Chance Humane Society I have been witness to what I believe is a growing disparity between the feline versus canine connection with humans. What am I talking about? Well let me ask you, why is it that stray dogs are far more often reclaimed by their owners than stray cats? Why are there always more cats in the shelter than dogs?


Why is it that, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, less money is spent on cats’ toys, beds, food and grooming than on dogs? And why is it reported that 28% of cats do not receive regular veterinarian care as compared to only 8% of dogs? Additionally, cats are spayed/neutered far less than dogs as well. Why in many communities are penalties for cat theft far less severe than for dog theft?


To confront this possible epidemic of catism (a.k.a. cat discrimination) I have decided to initiate a cat re-imaging campaign to re-cast my species in a positive light and promote positive human attitudes about our diverse and unique animalities (as opposed to personalities of course).


I ask for your support in this campaign because I can not do it alone. I ask that you remind people of our endearing and distinctive qualities that have made us remarkable companions and comforts to millions of people over the years.


When people or the media who lack understanding of our lovable and gentle natures attempt to cast us in a negative or sinister manner – please take this opportunity to promote our more recognized and realistic images of Heroic Explorers, Sophisticated Sages, and Jolly Jesters.


Remind people that cats are not bad, selfish, or lazy and that such negative and false anthropocentric projections should not be flung upon us. Our true natures – full of curiosity, wisdom, and playfulness – should be brought to the forefront and celebrated.


It is important to realize that this re-imaging campaign is not about cats competing with dogs. It is not a dog vs cat thing. We are not dogs and it is ok if we don’t always come when called, cuddle when you want to cuddle and sit on command. We are cats and proud of it! We want to be recognized for who we are – which does vary from dogs but not in a manner that lowers our worth. Basically, I ask you to consider becoming an Advocat!


Purrs, Pewter


Today’s author, Pewter, is a very bright and inquisitive cat who has been waiting here the shelter for far too many months to be recognized for the affectionate and enlightened being that he is. As his photo depicts he frequently communicates with beings from other dimensions and as such he is also recognized for his telepathic and sometimes telekinetic powers. Come meet him today.

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet or learn about SCHS Spay/Neuter Vouchers, Volunteer & Foster Care and other Programs. Visit to see our adoptable pets. Responses to Pet Columns can be sent to:





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