It is estimated
that there are upwards of 
70 million stray and feral cats

 
in the United States
with more than 3 million 
entering shelters every year.


A female cat can become pregnant
as young as 4 months of age


and have up to 3 litters per year 
with each litter averaging 
3 to 5 kittens.


Less than 1/2 of those kittens 
will survive to adulthood


with those that do living only
2 to 3 years if not belonging 
to a managed colony.