Cat Lady, Musings of sorts, Social Justice

It’s raining cats and dogs… and I don’t like it.

March 18, 2015

There have been so many opportunities to adopt free kitties in the last few weeks, but I am not excited about this. I am angry.

Car company Uber partnered with local cat shelters to bring feline friends to your office for a snuggle in the hope that you will adopt a kitty after experiencing the joy. Last weekend Yagoona RSPCA shelter was giving away free kittens because they had so many, apparently 70 in the shelter and around 60 waiting to be surrendered.

Add to this the number of pets that I have seen on various Facebook groups being given away for free, because people move (which is sometimes is not avoidable) or get another pet that the first pet does not get along with. This getting another pet thing gives me the shits.

A lady posted the other day in one group:  “Free to good home. Lovely cat called Emily. Poor Emily is scared of our new dachshund who is very aggressive and won’t leave Emily alone.”  

No offence lady, but the cat does not seem like the issue here, you do.

Did you not think of the impact of choosing another furry family member on your current abode? Particularly an aggressive one?

I replied pretty much asking her this and my post was swiftly removed by admin. Let’s not speak about it and oohhh and ahhhhh about how terrible it is that you can’t keep your first pet. Poor you.

I took my little Sashimi to the vet the other day because she was so excited about life that she ran into something and broke her nose. While I was there the lovely vet (they are all SO lovely) asked me if I wanted another white cat. OF COURSE I DO! I WANT FIFTY! But I told him that although I would love another 587 cats, my little Sashimi is a very territorial lady. I asked what happened to the other cat. He told me the other cat had an abscess, (which is totally curable), but the owners did not want to pay the bill so they ordered the vet to put him down. The vet refused and got the cat signed over to him, fixed him up and is now looking for a forever home for the poor kitty. WHAT ARSEHOLES.

The sad fact is that almost HALF A MILLION DOGS AND CATS ARE SURRENDERED TO SHELTERS IN AUSTRALIA EVERY YEAR.

This makes me SO sad, and this free pet thing worries me for a number of reasons. What if a mean horrible person might take them and do whatever they want to them, like this horrible man did the other day.

The other thing is that pets aren’t free.

They cost money to keep as well as personal and family time. A lady said when I was interviewing her the other day for a story that children cost time, money and effort, and unless you are willing to invest all three, you probably should not have them. I agreed wholeheartedly.

The same can be said for a pet.

Before you get a pet, have a think. A long think.

Are you prepared for the money and time a pet costs? Sasha’s little unplanned nose trip to the vet cost us $100.

What will you do when you go on holiday? Do you have the money if your pet gets hit by a car or requires surgery?

Are you going to care for the pet when your kids grow up or get over it?

The cats that we have had lived for 20 years.

Do you have 20 years to give?

When you get a pet love it for life, it’s whole life.

Don’t BE A DICKHEAD.

From  a mother of cats past, present and future.

 

Leo the Lion (18 years)

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Winnie the Fried Egg (19 years)

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 Sasha the Sashimi (2 years)

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  • Jo

    Love this post lady! You nailed it!! We rescued an old Beagle. She has her moments but we love her dearly. I so gotta convince husband we need a cat now. Lotta mice in our farm house at the mo and it’s killing me. Plus I looooove cats

    • Aww I love Beagles! They are so cute. One day when we have more space I would love to expand our furry family! Everyone needs a cat though!

  • I love this post and I must admit I subscribe to so many rescues on Facebook but it breaks my heart that I can’t do anything about it! I especially hate the surrenders. People seem to think getting a pet is like buying a new dress and oh, if the dress doesn’t fit, I’ll just take it back! And don’t even get me started on cruelty to animals. Such people should rot in jail I can’t believe there are people who wanted a cat put down because he or she had an abscess?! My cats are my babies…they are my family. I’m already dreading the day they will pass away…not sure how I’ll cope. They are only 3 years old but still!

    I hope Sashimi’s nose isn’t too bad and she recovers soon…how in the world did she break it? I didn’t think that was possible! 😛 She’s a gorgeous kitty by the way.

    • I’m totally with you on this (and I thought I was the only one who’s dreading that day… my girls are 7 now, but I know I’ll be totally devastated when that day happens – I can’t imagine my life without them in it!)

      • You still have many years! Mine were 19! My latest is two and still very hyperactive. I am hoping she turns into a lap cat!

    • Thanks Sanch! I have no idea what she did I just noticed a bump on it and because she is white I was worried it was cancer! She does race around a lot! It is horrible when they die. My older cats were 19. I had Winnie since I was 12 and she used to walk me to the bus stop. I felt like my arm was missing without her. No one can replace them… But they will have such a good life with you as their mum!

  • Hugzilla

    Fuck yes!