Growth of cat populations

Cat growth

Year 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

# of
kittens per
cat per
year

Number of
cats at
start of
the year

8

1
9
49
249
1,249
6,249
31,249
156,249

8
8
8
8
8
8
8

Number of
females at
start of
Number of
year
offspring
1
5
25
125
625
3,125
15,625
78,125

8
40
200
1,000
5,000
25,000
125,000
625,000

Number of
new
female
kittens
4
20
100
500
2,500
12,500
62,500
312,500

Number of
females at Number of
end of the cats at end
year
of the year
5
25
125
625
3,125
15,625
78,125
390,625

9
49
249
1,249
6,249
31,249
156,249
781,249

Number
of
# of
Number of Number of
Number of FERTILE
females Number of
kittens per cats at
females at
new
at end of cats at end
cat per
start of
start of
Number of female
year
the year
year
offspring kittens
the year of the year

Cat growth*

8

Year 1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

8
8
8
8
8
8
8

1
9
41
169
681
2,729
10,921
43,689

Assumes that all animals survive for eight years
* Assumes that females are fertile for only one year

1
4
16
64
256
1,024
4,096
16,384

8
32
128
512
2,048
8,192
32,768
131,072

4
16
64
256
1,024
4,096
16,384
65,536

4
16
64
256
1,024
4,096
16,384
65,536

9
41
169
681
2,729
10,921
43,689
174,761

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