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.
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