Wearing designer sunglasses and a gold chain, Scooter the Neutered Cat became a viral sensation in 2013 following his initial campaign to raise awareness for spay/neuter in Greater Cincinnati. He’s the coolest cat in town, and now he’s the safari guide tasked with educating the region on the importance of caring for community cats as part of the Ten Movement’s latest initiative, Mild Kingdom, which launched last fall. CincyPet recently sat down with Scooter for a Q&A to learn more about this cool cat and the Ten Movement’s efforts.
CincyPet: First off, where did you get your gold chain? What if somebody is interested in purchasing this same chain?
Scooter: I got the chain from one of my lady friends. Same with the sweater and sunglasses. I wasn’t born Scooter the Neutered Cat. I became Scooter the Neutered Cat. So put the swagger out there, and swag will follow.
CincyPet: Can you explain what “kitten season” is?
Scooter: Yo, how much explaining do you need? When a male cat and a female cat love each other, they … fast forward? Okay. About 6–8 weeks after mating season starts, kitten season follows. Typically, mama cats give birth to 3–5 kittens. So, it’s also “adorable” season.
CincyPet: How can people in the community help during kitten season?
Scooter: Leave those “kittos” where you found them — as long as they’re in a safe spot. Mama cat is probably out searching for food. She’ll be back. If you really want to help, leave out some cat food and fresh water near the kittens. Also, please report all community cats (unless they have a tipped left ear).
CincyPet: We have stray cats that come to our backyard all the time for food. Should I continue feeding them?
Scooter: You’re the coolest of the cool for caring! But if you’re feeding community cats, you also have a golden opportunity to make sure they’re spayed or neutered. Call our friends at (513) 644-5600 or visit MildKingdom.org. We’ll make sure they’re fixed, vaccinated and safely returned. Peace!
The Benefits of Spay/Neuter
- Spaying and neutering can extend a cat’s life. Neutered males live an average of 62% longer and spayed females an average of 39% longer.
- Certain types of cancers, including ovarian and testicular, are virtually eliminated by spay/neuter.
- Spayed or neutered cats do not spray, fight, roam or yowl as much. Your neighbors will thank you.
- Valuable space in shelters and clinics is opened up with every cat that has been spayed or neutered. Sick or injured cats stand a better chance of survival with the proper care and treatment available at a shelter.
To learn more about the Ten Movement and the Mild Kingdom, read our feature.