Today’s cat word is philoprogenitive (fi-lə-prō-ˈje´-nə-tiv). It is a combination of “phil” meaning loving or having an affinity for, and Latin “progenitus,” meaning begot or begotten.The first known use of the word was in 1865.
Philoprogenitive means: tending to produce offspring; prolific; or love for one’s offspring. Cats who are not spayed can be quite philoprogenitive if left to roam outdoors. Mommy says there are many stray cats because their parents are not neutered and, therefore, are very philoprogenitive. I think it is great to love your offspring but I feel sad for the little kitties who live outdoors and are always getting new brothers and sisters.
A cat can have three litters a years with 4 to 6 kittens in a litter. If a cat has 12 kittens a year and lives 15 years, that 180 kittens in a lifetime. If they all find good homes, that’s great. But many are strays. It makes me very sad.
Of course, people can be philoprogenitive, too, but not usually to the same extent as cats. The years following World War II were quite philoprogenitive ones as many babies were born. This produced what Mommy calls the baby boomers.