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Pets: They Aren't Trash, Don't Throw Them Away
Treasure, not trash
The other day, I took a load of trash to the local landfill/dump. As I was unloading, a young cat, maybe about 7-9 months of age, ran from behind the truck, meowing. It was identical to the cat in the picture above, and indeed, I thought it was him. I said "Pixie, did you ride all the way here with me"? As soon as i said "Pixie", the cat stopped and looked at me and meowed...also identical to Pixie. I went to it and picked it up, and I knew it was not Pixie. Pixie has a little cloudiness in his right eye .
But with winter coming on, I was not about to leave the kitten there. It is also a she. I already knew there would be trouble if my dad saw me bringing another cat home, So on my way home I stopped at a couple of places to see if anyone wanted her. No one did. So I asked GOD to help me get her to the cat room without a fuss from dad. When I got home, (she rode in the back seat next to Delta, my dog) I asked mom to keep dad occupied for a few minutes, as he was wanting to work on the truck. Then I took her to the cat room. Mom thought since she was so blue ( and it was so close to halloween) we should name her BooBaby . BooBaby is a pet, not a piece of trash.
What boggles my mind is that someone would throw her away like she was just so much trash. She is incredibly loving, and loves to kiss. She is obviously not afraid of strangers. I guess someone did not want her simply because she was a she, so they took her to the dump figuring someone would rescue her, and in the meantime, she could survive on any thrown away foods or mice. I can tell you, if a cat is a successful, they might survive on mice, but there isn't enough food thrown away for it to depend on. I seriously doubt a kitten will be a successful hunter...that comes with time and experience. I know, there are young cats/kittens who manage to catch mice, some prety good at it to. But most aren't so good they can survive on it .
If you have a pet you cannot take care of anymore, or are not willing to care for it any more, PLEASE don't take them to the dumps-landfills. And PLEASE don't just dump them...ANYWHERE. It is so very simple to take them to a shelter, or find a home for them yourself. They rarely do well, let alone survive, when simply tossed out like so much trash. They are living, breathing, thinking AND feeling creatures who deserve better than that. Man has a responsibilty to the land and to the animals, especially to our pets, since we were made overseers of them both. When you take a domestic work animal or the many kinds of pets and care for it for a time, you become responsible for its well-being. We have domesticated them, (and this is especially true of our pets) changing their abilities to survive on their own, though adult cats are far better equipped to do so. Some adult cats do not even know how to hunt. Baloo, the cat I took in in June, was nothing but a walking skeleton. He would be dead right now if not for 4 little girls who picked him up and brought him to the vet clinic. He was fed and given fluids and neutered. I was there waiting for my Nala to be done. He was constantly talking in his cage, begging someone...anyone to come visit him. So I did...and I fell in love with him. When I first brought him home he was so weak he would stagger when he walked. As he got stronger I began taking him outside for sunshine and fresh air. He thought he had to defend himself against the other cats, and we had a few close encounters of the scary kind. He soon learned that I would not tolerate fighting, as every time there was a possible confrontation, I would settle it and the involved cats down, and if they wouldn't settle down they were separated again. He sometimes has it out now with Stucky, who thinks he is boss over everyone, but 99% of the time they all get alone. It is my guess that Baloo had been in a loving home, perhaps with some elderly person. Sometimes when a family member dies, the people here will throw all their belongings away...I guess they just ignored the cat, thinking he would survive well enough on his own. He obviously didn't know enough to hunt for mice succesfully. Not all cats are even interested in catching mice, especially if they are used to being well fed. And by the size of his frame, he was used to being well fed .
So please remember that if you take on a pet, or pets, YOU are responsible for their well being. If you can't or won't take care of it or them, anymore...it is YOUR responsibility to find a good home for it or them.