Catastrophic Stories told by cats about cats of various cat breeds, whether you refer to them as show cats, alley cats, strays, toms, queens, kitties, felines, or furry friends, experiencing cat adventures from a purr-fectly poetic Bay Window of their owners who are died hard cat lovers, provide a welcoming home, where frisky kitties snack on cat nip, cat nap and meow 'til the cats come home.
the public on the importance of spaying and neutering is one solution in the
fight against overpopulation and homelessness that cat lovers and advocates
support. Due to the fact that most rescue shelters are full to capacity with
slow turnover rates, cats denied entry, are often surrendered to kill shelters.
On a continuous basis, throughout the nation, abandoned, stray and feral cats
are destroyed. Some would argue that euthanasia is an effective
means of animal control. Others would argue that there are more humane ways to
address the problem. A major contributing factor leading to the
destruction of cats may be a pet owner's lack of money.
Examining the issue from a potential cat owner’s perspective, let’s consider
the obvious reasons. Many of the cats I have seen in shelters are not of the
pedigreed sort. Most are domestic short-haired tabbies. Many of the cats housed
in shelters, that are not strays, may have been surrendered by owners for several
legitimate reasons: the cat is not litter box trained or a family member has
developed an allergic reaction to the cat, being among the most common reasons.
And these are resolvable issues. But, what about cases where cat owners become
sick, lose their jobs, are suddenly homeless and incapable of caring for a cat
let alone paying their medical bills? There may be unanticipated life-altering
events for humans that impact the lives of their pets. For some pet owners,
veterinary care is very expensive. An exam can cost as much as a week’s worth
of groceries or a whole month’s rent making costly cat care difficult for a
family struggling to make ends meet on a shoestring budget.
Granted, I've witnessed many veterinarians donating their time to helping
animals, and as doctors, they are entitled to being compensated for their
education, expertise and time as would any professional service provider.
Not to mention the investment in their education, their overhead expenses
which include the monetary obligation to their staff. That being said,
veterinarians should collectively persuade potential pet owners to
rescue cats, by not denying treatment because of an inability to pay,especially
since it seems hard enough to get someone willing to adopt a cat in the first
place. It seems very elitist that only folks with deep pockets are
entitled to properly caring for their furry friends over those facing financial
my own experience, cancer had ravaged my cat Pinkie’s body by the time he was finally
diagnosed with lymphoma. I had taken him several times to a veterinarian for
exams, including blood work, and after tests showed inconclusive results,
Pinkie was referred to a specialist. Finally an abdominal ultrasound and chest
x-ray was performed. After I had already paid an exorbitant amount of money in
an effort to save Pinkie’s life, I was informed that I had to pay another fee
for the medication. This was right after I received the bad news. It made me realize the extent to which pet owners are taken
advantage of by some veterinarians in trying to save their cat's life. Pinkie
died within the week, the expensive medication was barely used. I wish I could
return it so another cat could benefit without cost, since it's a medication
used to treat a lot of feline diseases.
currently have four shelter cats that I rescued. Many shelters, operating
under limited funding, only spay and neuter,vaccinate, and try to rid the cat of fleas so they'll be attractive
Moreover, you won't know if your recently adopted shelter pet has a serious
illness until it is thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. A big problem
with shelter cats is that many of them are products of in-breeding. As such, if
cats from the same litter are genetically predisposed to certain diseases,
their offspring will be at greater risk for that disease. That risk is
doubled if they mate with members of the same family.
Eight years ago, I adopted a large, orange, laid-back cat, called Brutus,
from a kill shelter. I had him examined by a veterinarian the following day
because when I got him home he hid and wouldn’t eat or use the litter box for
the entire day. However, even though he wasn’t urinating, he would constantly
quench his thirst by dipping his paw into his water dish and drink the liquid
from his paw instead of the bowl.
From Brutus’s exam results I learned he had advanced kidney disease in both
kidneys. Dialysis was recommended along with medication and the possibility of
a transplant. Even though I didn't have the money to this, I was willing to go
on a payment plan. Without warning, Brutus went into shock shortly afterwards,
complete with mucus oozing out of his mouth and nose as I raced him to the
animal hospital, but it was too late. Now, another of my cat’s, abandoned by a
neighbor, has stomatitis which requires surgery that will cost a minimum of
$1,000. So far, I have spent hundreds of dollars in exams and medicine on this
cat, which could have been avoided if this neighbor had sought medical
treatment early. This is why spaying and neutering of cats is so important. This
includes feral cats which can be trapped and re-released to their habitat.*
Simply thinking about such sad occurrences does not necessarily
bring about effective outcomes. A corresponding plan of action is needed.
Becoming a member of a cat rescue group and donating to its cause might ease
your conscience, but how much of every dollar you donate actually goes towards
helping the cats versus subsidizing the program’s administrative costs? Do your
due diligence by researching watchdog ratings for cat charities or requesting
the organizations’ annual report. With so many charitable cat organizations,
which one should you fund? There are no easy answers for resolving this
dilemma. But beginning with your community shelter might be a good place to
all have opinions but what is needed is action and active participation. Even
if your time is limited (like most of us), making a personal pledge to volunteer
once a month at a local cat shelter can help you gain valuable insights and
make a positive difference in a cat’s life.