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post #1 of 29
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I was browsing around the net looking at kitties and I ran across a site "mycathatesyou dot com. At first I was amused by some of the expresions the cats had in the many photo's. After a minuite or two I could clearly see that these cats are being abused. There must be some way to apply pressure to these morons. Even if I could get the site removed I would'nt feel fufulled untill t these individuals were prosicuted. Any thoughts?
post #2 of 29
I just had a look at this, I'm not doubting you but I can't find any pics which suggest abuse? What made you think that?
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
see if this works
http://www.mycathatesyou.com/images/.../12/george.jpg
or copy and paste
At first the site seems quite benighn, After some looking around you can see that the cats are being provoked into these scary faces by torment. Perhaps I'm seeing the site in different light. The images must be sent in by users. But for sure some of these photo's should have been filtered out by a moderater of sorts.
post #4 of 29
I think they shave those types of cats I might be wrong, but it might be good for their fur..? One of the experts on here will say for definate.
I know it looks mean but wait and see what the people on here who know more than I do say before you do anything to try and get the site shut down. If it turns out to be wrong then I absolutely agree with you.
post #5 of 29
That cat looks like he's had a Lion Cut from a groomer... quite possibly to either deal with a large amount of matting, or just a summer cut because his fur is probably very thick. That's not actually abuse. Although I think the lion cut looks kinda strange, it's something that's fairly common. I was contemplating it for Jack when he was sick last summer and stopped grooming himself due to his feeling unwell. I finally decided to sit down with a dog comb and gradually remove his mats. He wasn't happy, but i got them all out. Depending on the situation, it's actully good for the cat. A friend of mine down in Arizona does it for her cat because they don't have AC in her apartment and it gets REALLY hot down there in the summer months...

It doesn't hurt the cat... really... makes 'em mad at you for a while, but it's not bad for them.

Amanda
post #6 of 29
We have a few members here who give their cats "Lion cuts" as their called and i'm sure it's done when the weather is really hot because these cats are really furry.
post #7 of 29
Thread Starter 
I can now see that the clipping has been done with care. Things like the tuft left at the end of the tail. Perhaps if the cats eye didn't look like it was swollen shut I would have not jumped to conclusions. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction with this. I could not stop thinking about this for hours.
post #8 of 29
It's not a nice feeling at all when you think an animal is being mistreated
post #9 of 29
I have a book of those pictures made by the same people who did mycathatesyou. I think most of them are just funny candid shots and are pretty harmless.
post #10 of 29
I agree it's not at all a good feeling if you think a cat is being abused for the sake of a funny cat picture. I guess it was about a year ago that somebody published a whole book of funny cat pictures which I assume was from that site. I hope I don't end up having to put on any flamesuits, but I thought the book was hysterically funny. Although I thought several captions must have been written by someone with, shall I say, a sense of humor I would prefer not to be around.
post #11 of 29
Cats have such expressive faces, and are so good at letting us know their moods, that I'd assume that the photos there are simply candid shots of a pet in a "catty" mood. We have a a great poster in our teachers' lounge. It shows a very disheveled, and disgruntled, Persian kitten following a bath. The caption reads: "There's no life before coffee!"
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sailfish
see if this works
http://www.mycathatesyou.com/images/.../12/george.jpg
or copy and paste
At first the site seems quite benighn, After some looking around you can see that the cats are being provoked into these scary faces by torment. Perhaps I'm seeing the site in different light. The images must be sent in by users. But for sure some of these photo's should have been filtered out by a moderater of sorts.

Just looks like a lion-cut persian squinting because of the camera flash to me.
post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 
Is this cat yawning? or has it been scared up into the floor joist and is hissing? The site has better intentions than my first impressions led me to believe. But I still wonder about how some of the shots were obtained. I'm probably worrying about nothing.
post #14 of 29
ears are alert and up... I'd say a yawn. he doesn't look scared... at least to me.

Amanda
post #15 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sailfish
Is this cat yawning? or has it been scared up into the floor joist and is hissing? The site has better intentions than my first impressions led me to believe. But I still wonder about how some of the shots were obtained. I'm probably worrying about nothing.


Looks just like a yawn to me. My cat does that exact pose all the time
post #16 of 29
I kinda doubt that an abuser would actually bother taking photos of a cat they didn't care about and post them to a humorous site.
post #17 of 29
his body is relaxed. If he had been scared up into the rafters I'm sure he would be tense and scrunched into a dark corner if he could find one.

I think its the magic of kodak moments combined with special kitty personalities. No worries!
post #18 of 29
I didn't look at the site, but can tell you in many of my pictures of Jasmine she looks like she is afraid of me...because she is, sort of. She was born feral, and still has that impulse to run from hoomans. So even if a kitty has never been abused, they can still have a look of fear to them.

I'm not saying cats aren't abused, but I would guess it happens less often than with dogs. If you mistreat a cat, I'll bet it would be inclined to leave, instead of still loving you like a dog does! And cats aren't afraid to fight back, and bite or claw. I think abusive people like passive, harmless creatures to hurt...a cat just doesn't really fit that profile.

Again, I'm sure in this ugly world, cats are abused. But I doubt it is very frequent.
post #19 of 29
IMO i think you are over reacting a little bit
I wonder if you are going to complain about the members on tcs for taking scary pictures in the Fur pics thread...
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by fwan
IMO i think you are over reacting a little bit
I wonder if you are going to complain about the members on tcs for taking scary pictures in the Fur pics thread...
I agree...
post #21 of 29
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by eupnea
ROFL! So did I.

I'm sure that the majority of those cats are just candid shots. I know that a lot of the picture that I take of my cats look like they're scared, because the flash makes them blink, and they are usually mid action, so the movements look funny. I'm sure there are one or two in there that aren't being treated propperly, but i bet the majority of them are just candid shots. There are more people out there that love and respect animals, than beat them. I really doubt that the owner of that site would risk the animal rights people coming after him (or her) by advocating obvious abuse.

-Jade
post #23 of 29
the pic link posted looked like a lion cut persian just doing a wink..or not likeing the flash...Lilly does it ALL the time
post #24 of 29
LOL that's one gorgeous Persian!
post #25 of 29
That cat just looks like one relaxed cat having a yawn.

Rosie was in a similar position on the bed on friday night
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
Fwam and CommonOddity,
I Accept the peoples concencis that there is nothing wrong with the photo's at the site. Some of the pics scare me I guess. But I do know this for a fact. If more poeple questioned abuse of both animals ans children... whether it actually existed or not... there would be a lot a very thankfull amimals. Less children abused and found in shallow graves. I was just challenged in a jurry pool selection in a case where an individual was molesting children as young as 4 for the last 18 years. I wonder if someone over reacted with their suspicions a lot trama could have been prevented? It is my opinion that if you think there is something wrong... Speak up. The world would be a better place.
post #27 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sailfish
Fwam and CommonOddity,
I Accept the peoples concencis that there is nothing wrong with the photo's at the site. Some of the pics scare me I guess. But I do know this for a fact. If more poeple questioned abuse of both animals ans children... whether it actually existed or not... there would be a lot a very thankfull amimals. Less children abused and found in shallow graves. I was just challenged in a jurry pool selection in a case where an individual was molesting children as young as 4 for the last 18 years. I wonder if someone over reacted with their suspicions a lot trama could have been prevented? It is my opinion that if you think there is something wrong... Speak up. The world would be a better place.
Don't worry about being concerned theres nothing wrong with it. You did the right thing in coming here to get the opinion of people who know about cats before you acted on your feelings.
Thats not overreacting at all. And I agree, most people who have suspiscions about abuse etc say nothing because they think they could be overreacting.
Don't worry about it.
post #28 of 29
I'd agree with the majority of a lion-cut persian, but is it possible that he's come form somewhere with really badly matted fur? Sometimes if the matts are too bad they have to shave them and wait for it to grow back in...... They tend to look grumpy all the time those cats!

There's nothing to be sorry for, you acted on your gut instinct and your love for cats That's something to be proud of, I think. The fact that you shared it with us is important. It shows how much you care, it shows that you were willing to look for the other opinions and also that you value them. I agree, some of the pictures do look a little dodgy, but I don't think it's anything abusive. Some of them are a little bit scary to see. What it looks like to me is a bunch of people who do actually love their cats and have tried to tkae nice photos of them, but have had them come out a little different to how they'd expect, because of a yawn, a stretch or a peculiar lighting condition

And by the way, I'd hate people if I had a haircut like that too.
post #29 of 29
Yeah, it's good to get a second opinion on stuff like that. I think most of the shots are just candid shots, but I did see a few that looked kinda scary. However, sometimes cats are just like that with no provocation from humans. My sister's cat Claire hates everyone but my sister. She'll walk by you and hiss at you just so you know where you stand , and if you're really lucky you get a bite on the ankle.
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