Editor, The Commercial:

Editor, The Commercial:

About two years ago, a black and white cat ended up in my backyard. I think someone just dropped her off — perhaps they could no longer care for her or got tired of her and hoped some kind soul would provide what they could not. At first, I planned to get her inoculated and spayed and try to find a home for her. At the time I had a trip to Spain planned, so I boarded her while I was gone, and asked the vet to perform the surgery.

To make a long story short, I decided to keep her. "Katerina" is now an inside cat, and the most loving cat who has ever owned me.

Folks, we are coming up on kitten season, which runs to late fall, and refers to the time of the year when unspayed females are most likely to breed and have kittens. Female cats breed like rabbits, with cats as young as 4 months old cycling into estrus. A cat can give birth 62 to 71 days after becoming pregnant. She nurses her kittens up to 8 weeks, but she can go into estrus and get pregnant with a second litter before the first kittens are weaned. An unspayed cat is capable of giving birth to three or four litters of kittens a year.

If you have a kitten (or puppy), I urge you to have him/her spayed or neutered. If you are a parent, and your (responsible) little one wants a pet and you are financially able to care for one, consider adopting a pet from your local animal shelter. Pay the cost for sterilizing the cat.

Katerina is on the top of my computer as I write this letter. She is my Muse.

Jeanette McGrew

Pine Bluff