Dont you love it when expense dictates important things like this, oh we'll just gas em its cheaper... that being said I think my families karma
bucket is nice and full...
We have 9 cats, 2 we got from a family who had kittens before we moved as replacements for 2 of our originals that had died that year (the two that
had died where cousins and from a blind cat lady we knew), 1 was rescued from the side of the road in the middle of nowhere as a kitten just wandering
at the road side by my brother just before we moved also....
4 we rescued as a feral litter from my fathers place of work 3 years later, took a few months to get them acclimatised to us but now 6 years later
they are some of the best and most loving cats we've owned (unfortunately the female torite was killed on a nearby road at 2 years of age), we also
caught their feral mother and had her neutered and released back into her territory (and shes still there and doing fine, and is even becoming
friendly to a degree).
A year latter we caught the ferals cousin who was being brought up on a 4 inch wide window sill between two broken glass windows. We also caught her
mother (which was the sister or older daughter of original feral quartets mother) and neutered and released her (haven't seen her since then
We bought a new tortie 6 months after our feral tortie was killed from the local pet store since no one had bought her after waiting 3 weeks to see if
anyone would take her and she was only going to be put to sleep by the shop owner eventually if not purchased anyway.
And finally 2 years ago my brother while using a long drop toilet at a coastal beach on a weekend heard a meow and looked down to find someone had
thrown a little white and tabby kitten down it, which he rescued (messily) and she became number 9 (shes one weird cat, bizarre meow, eats melons,
mushrooms, paw paw, cucumbers etc and seems to have a nerve problem with her back legs or hips)...
And its possible that the feral brothers mother might end up a part of our family some time in the near future given events at my fathers old work
place... I used to think 3 cats were alot, now I find 9 'normal'
might be a challenge to tame her, but im up for the challenge.
Its cost us a few thousand dollars for vet bills and their food consumption is rather large, but what else should money be used for but fixing
problems and making lives better, for all species.
Get your pets neutered and spayed people... if you dont your being irresponsible in the extreme and contributing to the problem. One thing ill
disagree with is dont discount pet shop pets as good pets or as part of the problem. They arent kept for ever by the stores and often share the same
fate as the ones in the shelters if they arent sold.
A civilizations worth is often based on how they treat other 'lesser' life and at the moment id say the west is pretty much 50/50, with the bad and
good fairly balanced... thank god we aren't like Asia. I still think the Hare Krishnas are right in their idea that the more mankind harms and kills
other life for meat, entertainment, profit the more we end up killing each other in senseless violence and wars as some form of karmatic recompense.
Its good to see there are still a good number of people out there who care and act for the little guys.
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
reply to post by ofhumandescent
Unfortunately, I know far more people who think it is "unnatural" or who seem to have some weird and sick psychological attachment to their animals
reproductive organs. (Especially the testicles, guys, they arent YOUR balls, the dog really doesnt care, honest)
When ever i hear that excuse i feel like neutering the person saying it with a blunt spoon... my feral male black cat still has his plums even after
getting the chop (sure they aint huge but they aren't nonexistent) and hes the alpha tom in the entire nearby neighborhood with the scars and torn
ears to prove it (yes im a little proud of my boys battle scars)... and he never backs down from a fight, even when I do my best to separate the
whirling balls of teeth and fur... so yeah, getting the cut doesn't diminish their maleness. Why that would be a problem anyway I dont know...
Im a proponent of catch, neuter and release personally, if i had lots of expendable cash id start doing it where ever I could to help with local feral
edit on 29-3-2011 by BigfootNZ because: Meow