some people should definitely not be allowed to have animals
I am writing this as a follow up to my last article 'some people should not be allowed to have animals'.
The issue concerned was my neighbours leaving their pregnant cat and a kitten for a month on their own as they went to Turkey for a holiday. I found the kitten a loving home and their response on returning was 'he probably went to live elsewhere'. They were excited that the poor cat at one year of age was pregnant again and they would receive £40 per kitten as with the last 'batch' of five.
My family fell out with me for 'interfereing'. Their argument being I shouldn't have re-homed the kitten. I'm sorry, but animals don't have a voice and if we don't look after them then noone will. They didn't ask to be born. I spoke to the neighbour and explained that the mother cat needed to be spayed. She's tiny and fragile and having too many litters could be detrimental to her health. I was promised that they would book her in to the vet.
That was about three months ago and she still hasn't been spayed. The weather is bitter and frosty here in the UK and she is living outside. She gave birth to a litter of six, they got their coveted £40 each for them. The poor mother cat comes running up to me each time I leave or enter my house. I went into their garage to see a disgusting, dirty litter tray and no food or water.
I have been threatened with eviction if I interfere as I'm living at my mother's house at the moment and she doesn't want to upset the neighbours. I'm bound as I'm out of work and the resession in the UK looks to get worse. There isn't a hope in hell of affording my own house unless I find work which frankly, doesn't exist.
I have been feeding the poor cat each day and heard a knock at the door yesterday, the neighbour stated to my Mother they were going to Turkey for the festive season then moving away. I heard my Mother wishing them luck and joy at receiving their gift of a bottle of wine. There was no mention of the Cat.
I went to the door and asked the neighbour 'what about the Cat?'
Her response was 'oh, she's ok, she lives outside anyway'. I stated that it was freezing, her response was 'she's fine' backed up by my Mother's innane response that 'Cat's are fine outside as they have fur coats'. Perhaps a maine coon would be equipped with our weather conditions but a fragile, dainty short haired tabby is definitely not.
I have let her in but my two Cat's are not keen. My long haired moggy is ok but my little half siamese who is like my shadow is jealous. Each time i've let her in, My Mum has kicked off and put the mother Cat out. She is such a beautiful little Cat and so affectionate. If I hadn't been feeding her then she probably wouldn't be here.
I have made the decision to try and re-home her without my Mother's consent. I won't make the mistake of telling my family this time as they don't understand. I left out some chicken last night and she'd gobbled it up with relish.
My best friend is going to take her in despite having a tiny house with nine Cats and two Dogs. I am going to pay to have her spayed, treated for fleas and worms. I've not been able to sleep with the unbearable cruelty of it all. The neighbours are extremely wealthy and to pay for the Cat wouldn't even make a dent. I'm on benefits, can't get a Teaching job and will really struggle to pay for my own two Cats as will my friend who can hardly afford to eat.
I'm writing this to reinforce the fact that treatment of animals like this is wrong. I'm furious in fact. My Mum is out this evening so i'm taking the mother Cat round to Sarah's (my best friend) and noone will be the wiser and sadly, I doubt they'll even care.
Honesty I have found is not always the best policy.
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