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Cat Care: Don’t be a Stupid Human!

Written By: chriscat65 - Feb• 22•19

It’s my opinion that animals are the smart ones, although for some reason humans think they are smarter. When I saw this article (see pic below) about this cat, who was allowed to go outside and ended up stuck in the cold snow only to wind up an iceball (Thank heaven the cat survived, but what a horrible ordeal), all I could think was  “Our pets rely on us to protect them from the dangers of the world. Yet too many people fall short in their duty.”

Animals are smart in their world, but people are supposed to be the “smart” ones. If this is the case, then it is our job as pet owners to make sure they are protected, not only from the dangers of OUR world (cars, etc), but natural dangers as well.  This is an increasingly dangerous world. We need to be responsible and THINK before letting a cat outside when it’s 10 degrees outside!! A fluffy coat is NOT going to protect them!

And then there’s the stupidity of having an indoor cat and not making sure windows and doors are SECURE!! Take this horrible tale of the Savannah cat who got out an open window (why was the screen not secure enough to keep in a large cat?) and was shot and killed and thrown in a dumpster! How horrible for the cat AND the owners to discover such a horrible thing happened to their beloved housecat! I hope they made sure all windows and screens were secure after this nightmare.

“I think people can’t just go around shooting things they don’t understand,” Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek of Paws for the Cause, the feral cat rescue group that found Chum, told USA Today in a follow up story this week. “I think we need to be a little bit more respectful of the animals and human beings around us. I’d love to see someone look into it and investigate it. But I’m not holding out a lot of hope. This whole thing from the beginning has just been a mess.”

YES, I understand accidents happen, but if the necessary precautions are taken, they should be rare. Very rare. Check all of your screens! Are they secure enough for a large cat to lean against or even push on? Have your screens replaced regularly to be sure they are super tight in the frame (I experienced a screen getting ripped from the frame before, fortunately no escapes, but there could have been and I learned from that).

This next story is something that, unfortunately, happens daily. A kitten was found with a collar that was embedded so deeply within its neck, its own skin was growing around it. I know people have good intentions when putting collars on their cats, but please be sure it’s a break-away! A couple decades ago, my mother and I found a cat with a collar that was wrapped tightly under one front elbow and the cat’s neck. Just like this kitten, the skin had begun to grow around it. The cat was in so much pain, it could no longer move normally and was attacked by a dog. We brought the poor suffering animal to a veterinarian, but they had to put him down. I have never fully gotten over that.



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