TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › IMO: In My Opinion › cats as disposable pets
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

cats as disposable pets - Page 2

post #31 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcat
Not all people feel this way.
There was a very sad story on our news this evening. A house caught on fire, and a heavily pregnant mother grabbed her two-year-old, and urged her four-year-old to run out of the house with her. Instead, he went looking for his cat. Firefighters found him dead of smoke inhalation upstairs, clutching his likewise dead cat.
Godspeed over RB, little souls..I pray for comfort and healing for the poor mother and 2 year-old, as well as the child in utero.
Back to the thread - I hope that the world changes its attitudes about cats soon. IMO, how a person feels about cats often reflects how their attitude about the more vulnerable people in our society as well, such as the disabled.
post #32 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by xocats
This is a tragic situation.
I am grateful that there are places like TCS that help validate the fact that cats are members of our families.
Let's hope that over time, others begin to feel the way we do about our beloved cats.
post #33 of 49
There are a couple of things that I believe contributes to this problem.

One is the myth that cats can take care of themselves. It is easier to walk away if one thinks this.

The second is that relationships with cats are very similar to relationships with people in that they need work and the ability to understand the wonderful uniqueness of a cat's personality. It is what draws us to our cats and it can work against the poor dears when someone can turn to a dog and get a creature who behaves as expected.
post #34 of 49
A lot of members made great and insightful statements..In my IMO thread about school...and they definitly go along w/ this thread...if anyone is interested

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72386

I have sort of the same dream as Hissy..I never thought of the Retirement home Idea.....But my dream is to buy lots of land....build two houses on that land...that connect....One house would be John the cats and my house....The other house is the Cat refuge....A whole house made of carpet...and cat fun things.....

I would also go sccop up poor cats who have spent their lives in cages...and let them have acsess to a house, and all kinds of out door enclosements...(Like what hissy has in her backyard)....And then they can either live their lives out or possibly get adopted.....

I know it seems like such an unatainable dream...But gosh darn it..I am young and stubborn.............Because I adore cats......more then people...lol
post #35 of 49
I do wish things could be changed - I was talking to the person I foster for Fri night, and her vet had a 7 year old taken to be pts, cos it was becoming a problem cat - despite the fact the woman had the cat from a kitten. Fortunatley the vet refused and gave her the number of some rescues - that cat has just made a 92 year old woman's Christmas (and on another cat forum I am a member of, one woman who does rescue gets at least one call a month from her vets asking to help with healthy cats that have been taken to pts - think she has had 4 phone calls this month already). My only issue with mandatory microchipping is that they could end up going back to owners who would neglect or abuse them. I do need to find someone who can take my cats on if anything were to happen to me - my male cat would be happy with my neighbour, but as he is nearly 80 (and I am only 24) the odds aren't good for that being a possibility.
post #36 of 49
Thread Starter 
my family and my ex-bf have already agreed to take on the cats if anything should happen to me.

i also think the goverment or an animal charity at least should do a nation wide spay/neuter drive.

there are so many places around here that offer free sp/n but hardly anyone knows about them.
post #37 of 49
I don't know anywhere in my area that does free neutering (and I have fostered for 2 charities in the area) - CP give vouchers, but you would still pay £15 for a female in my vet - hardly anything, but still not free. Wood Green are doing free microchipping at the moment though.
post #38 of 49
I absolutely hate it when people treat their cats as disposable!

I would never get rid of mine just because I was having a baby or moving. I could never give them up. They are like children to me.
post #39 of 49
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by booktigger
I don't know anywhere in my area that does free neutering (and I have fostered for 2 charities in the area) - CP give vouchers, but you would still pay £15 for a female in my vet - hardly anything, but still not free. Wood Green are doing free microchipping at the moment though.
free microchipping really good.

the cats protection leauge have just got three new mobile sp/n vans and were offering free sp/n.

we have a few local charities and individuals who will sponsor the cost of it too. plus the rspca offer sp/n at a sliding scale, anything from 15- to free.

lots of places around here offer free sp/n for students, those on low income or the un-employed. (their cats i mean!)
post #40 of 49
Abandonment of animals is one of the few things that really upsets me - I can't imagine how someone can live with a cat or dog or whatever for years and be happy to just leave it somewhere - and have no thought about whether their furry friend was frightened, bewildered or hurt. NO NO NO animals are NOT disposable, they are part of the household, as important as every person. Sadly, it is not just in London that there are too many cats for homing. One of our local shelters is already full up, has been for weeks as people 'get rid of their cats & dogs before Christmas'. They are even considering allowing people to take these animals around Christmas time (which is normally forbidden - to stop people getting little Fred or Amanda a kitty for Xmas) to free up some space for the next batch.

As for getting rid of a cat because they've had a baby - words fail me. Will they get rid of the baby if they have another child?

Sue
post #41 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by millyanddaisy
As for getting rid of a cat because they've had a baby - words fail me. Will they get rid of the baby if they have another child?
My middle kitty is a rescue from this situation. They were actually going to take her to the pound and let her DIE. *slow burn*

All three of mine are rescues, but the middle one is from the most ridiculous situation.
post #42 of 49
If I loved, worried about, stressed over, protected, included, and cherished my possessions as much as my cats, I would completely go insane in less than a week.
post #43 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by booktigger
I don't know anywhere in my area that does free neutering (and I have fostered for 2 charities in the area) - CP give vouchers, but you would still pay £15 for a female in my vet - hardly anything, but still not free. Wood Green are doing free microchipping at the moment though.
PDSA also offer free or reduced sp/n.

Living where I do, I have seen (and have) 'disposed' cats. There are so many in the area that's it's unbelievable!!

I certainly couldn't do it at all!! They are my family!!
post #44 of 49
Heres some of the excuses given to the RSPCA (uk) for people dumping there cats over Christmas

# "My cat doesn't match my new carpet."
# "My dog doesn't match the new sofa."
# "I thought chinchillas only lived for two years - I don't want a pet that lives for 20."
# "I've got a new puppy that is too boisterous for our old dog - can you take the old dog away?"
# "Our kitten isn't playful enough with our children."
# "We don't want our three rabbits because they don't come out to greet us."
# "I've got two elderly terriers and I don't want them to get the new carpet dirty."
# "I'm going on holiday."
# "My dog keeps hiding my shoes."
# "Our cats sleep on the stairs. I don't want my daughter to trip over them when she comes to stay."
# "She hurts my legs when she wags her tail."
# "My dog barks a lot."
# "I've just bought a new leather sofa and I don't want the cat to scratch it."
# "Our dog gets jealous when we sit together."

The full press release is HERE

The mentality of these people never ceases to amaze me
post #45 of 49
Thread Starter 
thats awful!

the one about the dog wagging its tail almost made me cry!
post #46 of 49
It amazes me how many posts I see on the "free" section of Craigslist for cats and kittens that people are trying to give away. Once in a while, someone (sometimes me, I admit, but not always) will post a plea for people not to give the animal away for nothing, to do vet checks, etc, but for the most part I feel like it is shouting into the wilderness and nothing happens....
post #47 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mom of 10 Cats
It amazes me how many posts I see on the "free" section of Craigslist for cats and kittens that people are trying to give away. Once in a while, someone (sometimes me, I admit, but not always) will post a plea for people not to give the animal away for nothing, to do vet checks, etc, but for the most part I feel like it is shouting into the wilderness and nothing happens....
It maybe be like that, but sometime you will reach at least 1 person and enlighten them. That in itself is worth the effort. and for that i thank you.
post #48 of 49
Ive just read this whole thread and wanted to quote so many of you and say yes! me too! but I know all of us on here feel the same about our cats.
Mine are with me til the end, no matter what I can't bear leaving them unvisited for more tham a few hours let alone saying goodbye!
I love the retirement home idea. I actually work in Social Work, Older People Services and have NEVER heard anything about cats being in out retirement homes... Im going to ask though.
A woman I work with and her boyfriend have a cat who is now about 4 years old, from what she says I think she's pretty frosty towards him as he gets her kitchen floor dirty when he comes in. So she moans about him not being affectionate, viscious circle... anyway, they are moving house, not too far from where they live now and she wants to leave him!!!!! She wants to give him to whoever buys the house! No wonder the cat doesnt show her affection if these are the vibes she gives off!! Needless to say I absolutely lost the plot when she said this. I'm finding it hard to engage in conversation with her, given the type of person she is.
post #49 of 49
xDx's list is so depressing. I know someone who fosters dogs, she has one at the moment which is there because 'it's old, and the owners wanted to get a puppy'. Maybe it's different here to US, but here all sorts of animals seem to get dumped for no reasonable reason, not just cats.

On a happier note, one of the many London cats waiting for a home now has one! A friend's adorable 4-yr-old cat was poisoned with anti-freeze and died just before Christmas. She is now waiting to collect her new cat friend.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: IMO: In My Opinion
TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › IMO: In My Opinion › cats as disposable pets