Some people should not be allowed to have Animals!


I made a decision this weekend to rescue a Cat I felt was not being treated properly by it's owners. I know I made the right decision for the welfare of the animal but sadly, not everyone is in agreement. It has been a controversial and emotive issue but I would do the same again if I felt the animal was at risk.

Next door to my Mum's house, a family with two young children moved in about a year ago and got a tabby kitten. Within six months, she was pregnant. She had a litter of five. The children are rather spoilt and ring my Mum's door bell, shout through the letter box then run away. They have parties occasionally where I have been horrified by toddlers yanking tiny kittens by their feet and tails potentially causing them harm.

The tabby has a very small frame and looked enormous in her later days of pregnancy. They sold four of the kittens and kept the only male. I saw the Mother of the children and politely said i'd noticed a Tom hanging around their house and that the Cat may get pregnant again. Her response was that she was going to take her to the vet to get her spayed. Later that evening walking home, I saw said Tom humping the unfortunate cat. I saw the lady and told her, she laughed, saying she'd definitely take her to the vet.

The next thing I know the family have gone to Turkey for a month leaving the cats! My Mum unbeknown to me had agreed to feed them until they got back. The cats were left in their garage with some food and litter. I soon noticed that the Cat was once again pregnant and was starting to reject the male kitten as she was naturally, feeling hormonal and was still really a kitten herself.

I spent time with them each day, fed them, cuddled them and kept them company. The female is about to give birth any day and I really feel for her. She has such a tiny frame, i'm worried she'll be damaged by giving birth again so soon. When a month was up, there was no sign of them. Another neighbour had sent an email to the cat's protection league as she doesn't think the cat should be on her own when giving birth and she's disgusted as I am, that anyone would just leave their animals on their own for such a long time.

My Mum isn't a big animal lover. We have never seen eye to eye about how they should be treated. She would never be unkind to one but whereas I like mine to sleep on my bed, she thinks they should be outside. When there was still no sign of them after five weeks and the food had long run out though, she admitted that what they were doing was wrong. I made a bed up which was clean and comfy in case the cat went into labour. She really is enormous now and due to give birth at any time.

My friend offered to take the male kitten in, so I decided that I would at least try to give the kitten a good life it was just sad that the poor pregnant cat couldn't be given a new home. We went to Pets at home and bought the little male a bed, scratching post, litter tray food and toys. I have never seen a happier cat. He has settled in to my friends house beautifully and it's delightful to see him so content and loved. He has been named Dory (short for Dorian Gray) as he's a silver tabby.

The family got back today. One of the little girls came into the garage where I was feeding the mother cat. I told her she was pregnant, her response was 'Great! Forty pounds each kitten!' I couldn't believe it. They are both at private school and have two new cars etc. She asked if i'd seen the kitten and I said not recently. He'd run away several times while they were away and I had been worried that he'd been run over on a few occasions. She didn't seem remotely bothered and said 'well, i've looked in the garden and he wasn't there.' At that moment I knew I'd definitely done the right thing. They were more bothered about the new kittens that they could once again flog and make a bit of cash out of.

The saddest part is my Mum told my 14 year old neice and her reaction has been extremely angry. She told me If I didn't tell them the truth about taking the cat then she would. I'm really sad that she feels this way as I still feel that I've given Dory a better life. When we got Dory to my friends house he was riddled with fleas as is the mother cat. He'd never been in a cat basket before so obviously has never been to a vet. He's now micro chipped, wormed, de-flead and fully inoculated and will be neutered before he is allowed outside. More importantly he is loved and not left on his own.

My niece feels I had no right to do what I did. I just hope she sees in time why I felt I had to act in this way.

I would have phoned the RSPCA but what stopped me was the amount of unwanted animals they have means that if they're not rehomed within six months they're put to sleep. It seems so sad that they don't even have a chance of life.

What would you have done in this situation?

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Pages-By-Patty 4 years ago from Midwest

Of course, I feel your actions were justified; as I'm sure every other animal advocate here will also. I will never understand the total lack of respect toward animals by some people. My sister and her husband rescued a dog from a similar situation. They did ask before they dog-napped him though. Naturally, the owners didn't want to give up their "baby", etc. etc.! The poor soul was near death by the time he was rescued.

As far as your niece, someday she'll learn that doing the wrong thing for the right reason is sometimes necessary in life. If she volunteered for an animal rescue and saw first-hand the abuse/neglect of animals by their owners she may feel differently...sooner than later.

Thanks for sharing your story and Kudos for doing the right thing!

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Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Hi Peanutritious, I'm on your side. From your writing I assume you're in the UK and I don't know what the laws are over there, but here in Massachusetts those neighbors could face neglect and cruelty charges.

Here in America, animal abuse is a felony in many jurisdictions and that is a growing trend.

The neighbors don't seem to be responsible pet owners. Had they expressed remorse or regret about Dory I might be willing to cut them some slack, but I don't approve of their style of animal husbandry. I salute you, and give you an "attagirl" for giving Dory a meaningful life.

It appears that they're using the female as a kitty machine and reaping profits off of her reproductive abilities. I give them a thumbs down. If there's such a thing as reincarnation, please don't let me come back as your niece's pet, either.

Nice hub, voted up and interesting.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks so much for commenting. It really has created a lot of bad feeling in my family. My brother (father of my niece) is unhappy that I told Lauren I disagreed with her. I told him I stood by my decision, sorry if it's upset people but I did the right thing. So many people just let things be, for the sake of not ruffling a few feathers. This is all very well until you see the animal has been left in a situation which frankly is not acceptable! I would do it all over again. It's just a shame as I'm being seen as some sort of militant animal rights activist just for trying to do the right thing.

Yes, i'm living in the UK. You see some appalling treatment of animals here. I wish there was some sort of test or constant monitoring that could take place so bad owners could not have animals.Thanks for your positive comments. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Peanut....Bless your sweet heart. Tell you what I would do while this "pet-irresponsible family" is in Turkey. I would gather them up, take them to my home and care for them as I do my own....with love and care and concern. Leave a big, visible note in the garage for the family, saying......"I was happy to take your pets in to care for them while you were away." Since you did not bother to have Mama Cat spayed as necessary, she is about to have a 2nd litter. I will return her male child you kept from her 1st litter, when you return. However, I am volunteering to maintain Mama's care until she can be separated from her babies, which I will find homes for. I will then, drop her off at the Vet to be SPAYED.....and inform you when and where you may pick her up and pay the bill."

"Hope you had a wonderful vacation."

LOVE this hub!!................UP+++

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thank you! Love it! If I had my own place that's exactly what I would have done! They are both adorable! Sadly (as circumstances mean i'm currently having to stay at my Mum's) that wasn't an option. She grudgingly allows my two cats there with me but wouldn't have my dog there. I had to rehome him. I was gutted but still see him most days as my friend has him. Once I get a job (you see! Positivity. I WILL get one eventually) I can take more rescues in. It's hideous not being able to help any more. At least I know Dory and Rupert (my adorable 3 legged Collie) are happy and loved. Thanks for your comments. I think we are very similar in our attitudes! Cheers!

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Borsia 4 years ago from Currently, Philippines

I'm 100% behind you on this! You did do the best thing and saved that kitten from a horrible life. I'm a fellow cat lover :-)

I haven't had any pets since I left the US. Mostly just too much uncertainty in the life of an expat considering that a pet is yours for the rest of its life.

On the highway here I sometimes see men selling hawks, obviously juveniles picked up after their first flight.

I so wish I had the space to build an aviary so that I could raise them and tech them to hunt so they could be released. I've raised hawks before and it is no easy task. But I know that the chances of who ever buys them knowing anything about them is zilch and they will probably all die within a few months.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Borsia, It's so frustrating knowing you could make a difference but due to circumstances aren't able to. If I ever win the lottery i'll try to help as many animals as I can to live their days happily. You really are an animal lover otherwise you would have got a pet without thinking about it's long term future. People like my neighbours would have done that without hesitation. They are now talking about 'how they'll keep the cutest kitten'. Poor Dory was forgotten about quickly!

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Diana Lee 4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

Anyone with a heart for animals would have done the same thing. Here in the US the authorities would remove the animals being neglected. I hope you can raise awareness there to convince people that neglecting animals is wrong.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks Diana. I'll certainly try my best. People choose to ignore the plight of animals it would seem. It's the classic 'I'll just pretend everything is alright and get on with my own life' selfish attitude so prelevalent in our society. I'm afraid I just can't be like that! If that means I get branded an animal rights extremist then so be it!

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I totally agree with what you did, in fact I did a similar thing myself with a dog, years ago the neighbours were treating it badly, so I went over to them threw five pounds at them and took the dog! they were so gobsmacked they let me take her! would you believe that a little while later they bought another one! well done!

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

I totally agree with what you did, in fact I did a similar thing myself with a dog, years ago the neighbours were treating it badly, so I went over to them threw five pounds at them and took the dog! they were so gobsmacked they let me take her! would you believe that a little while later they bought another one! well done!

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Hi Nell, I would believe it. My neighbours were in the garden earlier saying 'they couldn't wait for their Cat to have new kittens and they wanted to keep the prettiest one'. How shallow and fickle. Some people! Gggrrrrrrr!

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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

You are right, the people who don't know how to look after properly to the pets, should be identified and their names must figure in people's knowledge, useful hub, thanks.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thank you girishpuri, people think animals don't matter. We owe it to them to speak on their behalf as they have no voice. Thanks for your support. Tara.

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leni sands 4 years ago from UK

You've certainly gone up in my estimation girl, well done!

Anyone who can treat cats in the way your neighbours feel they can do don't deserve pets, full stop.

Well done, for giving Dory more chance of a brighter future - just a pity you cannot free the mother this point I think I'd be inclined to get the RSPCA involved or cat' protection because what they are doing to the mother cat is wrong, totally and utterly wrong!! They should be publically humiliated and stopped from ever owning an animal for life. Or if that fails - get out your movie camera, record it and stick it on youtube for the world to see what these people are putting this poor cat through - OMG it makes me so angry.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks Leni. My family are still angry with me and think I interfered when I shouldn't have. Just because this family have a nice house, swanky 4 by 4, send their kids to private school etc they are seen as 'decent'. Well, I don't think they are. It has also been said because they are Turkish, they don't see animals as we do. I don't care! If you aren't going to treat an animal with respect then you shouldn't have one end of! Lauren (my niece) won't speak to me and has blocked me off facebook! My brother is annoyed because I told Lauren that what I did was right. Family's eh? I know I did the right thing, even if my family don't. The irony is, despite all this upset, the Turkish family do not care whatsoever! They didn't even look for Dory. I'm so glad my friend Ceri has got him and loves him to bits. He is living a wondeful life now and is spoilt rotten.

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Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

I would have done the same, plus maybe reporting them to the RSPCA for abandoning their pets and failing to get them veterinary care. There is so much abuse of animals and very few cases reach the courts. Even when they do, the punishments are usually derisory. When I was a kid, a neighbor starved their dog to death and I could do nothing. About a year later, they bought another pup. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands as you are the only one who can make a difference.

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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

For what it's worth, I think you did the right thing, and I'm sad that your family don't see that. The RSPCA will bring charges against animal neglect and cruelty, and are happy to remove animals from unsuitable homes. I hope your niece sees that you really did what was right, teenagers have such a black and white view of the world, but they come round eventually. Hope Dory is doing well and everything works out - family tantrums are *really* stressful to deal with and I empathise with you!

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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

I think you did the right thing.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Mazzy, Red and Deborah, Thanks to all of you for your words. I'm so glad you feel I did the right thing. All I wanted is for Dory to have a good life. The Cat has now given birth to 6 kittens! I spoke to my neighbour and Finally, she has booked her in to the vet to get her spayed. I'm so relieved. Also, any kittens she doesn't sell are going to be taken in by the Cat's protection league. Another neighbour had also voiced her concerns for the Cat's welfare and it seems that at last, she's listened to what we are saying. Whether it's because she understands she has been acting irresponsibly or doesn't want to fall out with the neighbours i'm not sure. That really doesn't matter, I'm just glad the poor Cat won't have to go through yet another pregnancy.

Blackshaw1 4 years ago

I completely agree with you, if it was me I would've done the same thing! In relation to this, (a few years back) a friend of mine informed me of a family near her house with a dog and 4 cats - all of which were under fed and treated badly! It's just awful! Hearing about their condition was just as bad as seeing it! Straight away we informed an animal rights protection agency and soon after my friend adopted them all, now they're all happy!

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks Blackshaw, I'm so pleased that those animals got re-homed to someone that would love them and give them a happy life.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Sylviane, thank you for your words of support. The mother cat has now got 8 week old kittens and despite me going round twice and the lady promising she'd get the female cat spayed 'as she can't afford another litter' she still hasn't been done and her and her kittens are running free round our close.

I'm sick with worry but the best bit is my mum has said 'if i interfere again, she'll throw me out as she doesn't want to upset the neighbours'. I'm furious and don't know what to do. I can't afford a house of my own. The amount offered in housing benefit isn't enough to pay for a single room. I feel so trapped and frustrated. The world is wrong and innocent animals should not have to suffer like this.

The mother cat greets me each time I leave the house and adores me. I'm the only person that has ever hugged her. I so wish I could take her in but until I have my own place I can't. I sometimes wonder how I could actually be my mother's child. I will never ever understand her.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

It just get's better. Mum cat and her six babies have turned up on my step for the 3rd time. They're starving and i've fed them. If I feed them again. i'm out on the street.

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AnnaCia 4 years ago

It is good to know there are still a lot of people who avocate for our little friends. I foster orphan kittens, and it would break my heart to see somebody not taking care or abusing any animal. Good for you.

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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Thanks Anna, The neighbours are moving. The landlord has given them notice as they didn't ask for his permission to keep cats. I have to decide whether to try and re-home the mother cat before they go. All the kittens have been sold and they still haven't had the mother spayed! Thanks for your supportive comments. It can feel that i'm banging my head against a brick wall sometimes!

Silkekarina 3 years ago from Germany

Well, I know that you do not want to hear from me again, because I always say what I think. However, I am convinced that you handled absolutely correctly. When I see or hear about this kind of behaviour towards animals I could cry. Whilst living in Spain, I took my rubbish to the dustbin one morning and found two abandoned kittens dumped in the bin. I hasten to add that it was summer and we had outside temperatures of forty degrees. That was four years ago and they are now happy and contented in their new home. MINE.

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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Hi Silkekarina,

I don't mind hearing from you at all. I just was sorry you'd taken offence when none was intended. I admire people that speak candidly. I am more than happy for people to read anything i've written and if they find the time to leave a comment then that's even better.

Good for you for helping those poor kittens. What sort of people could dump two kittens in a bin like that? I'm so pleased that you found them and have given them a happy life.

After the kittens were sold, the family went to Turkey again for 6 weeks leaving the female on her own again! They left 6 bowls of biscuits in the garage, 1 of water and 1 overflowing litter tray, for 6 weeks!

I managed to persuade my Mum to let me take the Cat in, it was snowing with a real bitter wind and she was in the garage! I got her spayed and micro chipped. My 2 cats weren't over the moon but they got used to her. All was wonderful until one day she went missing. I was really upset and went round door to door and put posters up everywhere.

Another neighbour came round and said she saw the Turkish lady grab her and put her in her Car!

I was so sad and so worried for Queenie (as i'd called her) but they'd moved house and I didn't know where to. The only consolation I have is that at least they won't be able to breed from her anymore. I miss her every day.

Silkekarina 3 years ago from Germany

Sometimes I think animals could teach us human beings a few lessons in decency, faithfulness and love. If you treat an animal lovingly it will always return that love, and if you give it a good home it will stay until the end of it's days. It doesn't matter what other people think, you are doing the right thing.

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Peanutritious 3 years ago from Cheshire, UK Author

Hi Silkekarina,

I agree wholeheartedly that Animals could indeed teach us selfish humans a lot! They love you unconditionally and will always be loyal no matter what.

Thanks for your comments.

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