So I'm a member of cat_lovers
. I'm not a particularly active poster. Hell, I skim most of the 20 or so entries that are posted there each day. You can only look at kitty pictures for so long, after all. However, it's been a good way to keep up with pet news; e.g. I knew about the Menu Foods recall before it even really hit the news stateside. Which is probably why none of the critters got sick. But I digress.
Someone posted a short post asking for advice on dealing with a cat that turns into a veritable Shred-o'-matic when faced with a carrier and the resulting vet trip.
She mentioned that the cat had become a mostly outdoor cat, about 15 yrs old, and recounted an incident that occurred when the OP was 5 resulting in the cat being declawed. Now keeping an cat outdoors after it's declawed is not my idea of stellar pet care. However, in later comments she did mention that the cat had always been indoor/outdoor and had moved over the years to more outdoor. Still not what I'd do, but fair enough. Not my cat.
OH MY GOD THE DRAMA!
People are screaming at her that she's abusive, shouldn't own an animal, should have her fingertips cut off to see what it's like etc, etc. Now I've been there long enough to know that declawing is a touchy subject; hell, I'm anti-declaw, myself, and will discourage people from it if possible. But what part of my mother had her declawed when I was five
do these people not get? Declawing was a much more common practice 15-20, even 10 years ago. The OP didn't make the decision. Yes, she isn't changing the fact that the cat says outside. But since she I gathered she still lives at home, it's probably not her decision anyway!
It's people like that that keep me from supporting a lot of animal rights groups. I am vocal when it comes to caring for animals. As adorable as kittens are, I cringe every time I hear that so-and-so's yard cats are having (yet another) litter. If I could just take said cats to the vet myself and have them spayed without completely offending the not-owner, I would. What I can do is keep an ear out for when the an area clinic is doing low-cost "catch & release" spay/neuters for ferals, and offer to services of a cat carrier.
I'll make my point without sounding like a screeching harpy, throwing blood on people, or getting out the flamethrower thank you very much.
Edit: I just hoped over to RS and encountered another animal alteration discussion. And OMGWTF it was a civil discussion
. Thank you RS.org for reaffirming my faith in civil discourse. I less than three you all.