Originally Posted by mrblanche
You know, I guess we're just going to have to disagree on this one. I don't see any abuse here. A cat doesn't care if you're laughing at him or with him, as long as you treat him well, and this cat has all the signs of a happy, healthy, well-cared for kitty who is bringing joy to his owners. I think the video shows that even a handicapped cat can find a good, happy home, and make his people love him. Using a provocative title to accomplish that may be a stroke of brilliance.
And yes, I might feel differently if it were a child, but I'd have to see it to say for sure.
I loved the video, and thank you for sharing!
The black kitty - Ming Loy - in my cat profiles has cerebellar hypoplasia, and we describe her as looking like she's a drunk with parkinson's - because that's what she looks like. I seriously doubt someone with Parkinson's would mind - because Ming Loy is not suffering as a result of her handicap.
I think the title of the video, if it's brought that many people to view it, was a stroke of brilliance. That was obviously a happy kitty, and that woman obviously loves her kitty very much. He's beautiful and happy and having fun! "Give me more treats!"
Because I see past the handicap, I thought it was really sweet and cute. I sure hope it will serve the purpose of helping people realize that handicapped kitties make wonderful pets.
Ming Loy LOVES life! Like Bebe, she can't jump - but she's got those strong front arms and can climb and pull herself up places with enough determination. She absolutely loves to play - and though she knows she can't chase the other kitties up the trees, she finds her ways to sneak attack them, steal their food, and generally enjoy playing with them, on them, and around them. They don't seem to mind she needs to prop herself up on them (or she'd fall over). They're very accommodating of her handicap.
I think people with a negative reaction to the video simply haven't had the joy of having a handicapped kitty, and as a result, can only see the handicap.
If I had a handicapped child, I would want to share a video of that child enjoying life despite her handicap. And if I were laughing with her while she was having fun, I'd be sorry for anyone who would make the mistake and believe I was laughing at her.
I believe it is only the title of the video that is in any way controversial, and I've already put my opinion on that out there.
I also think it needs to be taken in its context. That wasn't a handicapped feral kitty trying to cross a busy highway. THAT would be sad, inappropriate and depressing. That was a kitty having fun in its home, obviously well cared for and loved.