As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ll be looking for a companion for Hex shortly. It’ll be a male kitten younger than him and I was hoping for a ginger baby, but other than that I’ve no specific wants. It doesn’t need to be ‘fresh born’ and I’ve been looking at rescue centres. However, this research is proving more painful than fruitful. I simply cannot believe how many people have no idea about cats, about how to look after their pets and about what is best for them. The ignorance of some is astounding.
Take a look at this reply to a Yahoo question asking about kitten season:
It has just taken me two months of constant searching in order to find a kitten.I had all the food,bed,toys etc. Lets face it they are around if you are prepared to pay £50 or even £100. Even the cats protection league wanted £45.
Yes! How DARE a feline welfare charity dedicated to rehoming and caring for thousands of cats every year even think about taking in monetary donations so that they can continue their good work?!
And of course:
Im looking for some advice, my gorgeous baby kitten is not herself at the moment, she is now 7 months old.
She has not been spayed yet, the reason for this is, due to an un-expected bill, I cannot afford it, or her vaccinations.
Can’t afford the cat? Give it up to someone who can. Same for any animal! It’s not a hard concept to grasp.
Oh, and my favourite:
I am looking for a male kitten… [..] I have had a cat from a rescue place as well, he was about 3 years old when we took him in…he was the sweetest thing in the world, unfortunately, some neighbours were not happy and poisoned him
Nothing like knowingly bringing a defenceless animal into a hostile environment! Why not just line the poison up ready and save the neighbours the hassle of waiting for it to go outside…
If we had similar methods of dealing with children — allowed young ‘uns to breed and them dumped the offspring in overstretched rescue centres to be adopted by idiotic individuals — there would be mass uproar. Yet, it is somehow OK to neglect cats and kittens in the same way for the sake of a small operation that costs less than £20? Honestly, if I didn’t think Karl would kill me I’d take in and neuter the poor little buggers myself :(