Join Date: May 2005
Location: BRAZOS VALLEY, Texas
First of all, I would like to say the the owner must be admonished for failing to provide proper medical care to her furbaby.
However, I strongly believe that calling the authorities on the woman is way out of line. I would like to offer my personal experience as why I think that way. I have no doubt that if people knew how I treated my babies in the beginning, they would think I am a horrible cat owner. However, I would like to offer my testimony to prove that people do change. I certainly am not trying to find excuses for my inexcusable actions. I just want you guys to know that I can see where the lady comes from.
In August 2004, my poor Chester was forcibly taken from me. I was devastated. I suffered depression and considered things that I now regret. I decided that I was going to keep a cat in my life at all costs.
On October 15th, 2004. My roommate and I answered to a "free kitten" AD and visited an apartment filled with five beautiful kittens. I know I could only afford one. I only wanted one, but my roommate had decided that she wanted a black kitten even months before I picked up my kitten, so we took our beautiful Sunshine and Jade home (Sunshine is the white and blonde loverboy, and Jade is the ebony adventurer).
And there came the most difficult and rewarding year in my 22 years.....
I had no idea how much kittens cost. I had never had kittens before. I had no idea that Jade was not properly socialized (though I should have had an idea, considering his previous owner named him Gollum). I didn't know that Jade would chew up my prescription eyeglasses (which is really expensive because I had a prescription of -12/-11. I got mad and stopped talking to the poor baby (which was really stupid of me), and he started urinating on my comforter daily for several months.
My babies were eating Special Kitty canned food and using Special Kitty cat litter. I didn't know any better. I was foolish to think the worst canned food was still better than a premium dry food. Back then I had cable TV and cable internet, so I probably could have more money to spare (I have since canceled both, along with phone service and natural gas).
I was resentful because my roomie (who was otherwise a great roomie) refused to pay her share, and constantly criticized how I raised the kittens even though I seriously did not have money to spare.
I didn't take Sunshine and Jade to the vet when they had diarrhea. I couldn't afford to. I gave them canned pumpkin instead (which seemed to help) They got their rabies shots at four months old but I couldn't manage to get them neutered until they were 7 1/2 months old. I couldn't manage to get FVRCP for them until they were 9 1/2 months old. My fiance had to help me with all of their medical expenses. I did manage to save about $200 for equipments (cat trees and such), but when my aparatment got flooded with sewage and Sunshine got giardia I had to nurse him back to health without going to the vet. I didn't take Jade to the vet when a digit of his front right paw was accidentially amputated. I put antibiotic cream on it and badaged it.
Then Melody came into my life. She was my neighbor's cat who had been hit by the car. He femur was broken. I tried extremely hard to save her, but everytime I saved some money for the vet some family emergency happened. After three months of suffering I had to let her go.
After all that happened, I could not believe myself when I found my three kittens. They were black and five weeks old. I knew if I didn't take them in they would most likely die in a shelter which was overwhelmed with black kittens and did not have the patience with three unweaned kittens. However, I could probably had found homes for them except I didn't try hard enough. Now I have five cats I can't afford. Just because I can't afford them doesn't mean I don't love them.
Cat ownership, like childbearing, has a kind of spontaneity to it. If everybody has to make sure they were prefectly equipped before they decide to try it out, then there would be a lot less cat owners. In the countries where childbearing had to be perfect and imperfect parents were harshily admonished, there had notably been negative population growth for the last ten years.