I have the same issue with my work colleagues. My cats are my babies. When they're ill I'm devastated and worried.
My 21 year old car died 2 years ago in march. When she passed I'd booked the day off as holiday as I knew it was coming (we had to have her put to sleep as she started to vomit everything and poop blood :,-( ). Only one person in my team understood what that cat meant to me. The rest were joking around, making comments as to how ridiculous it was I took a day off for the death of my cat.
What people don't understand is these aren't just cats or animals. They're part of the family, iving beings who have worth!
I'd had Karis since I was 4. We'd grown up together. She was there for me when my dad left, when I had exam stress, through abusive ex's. she wasn't a cat, she was my sister.
Now, I have two rescue cats. One extremely, unbelievably abused. The kind of stuff that when you hear you can't believe people would do to anything, let alone a defenceless animal.
Mika had to have her own room for YEARS as she couldn't handle open spaces due to being confined in a metre squared w/c for over a year. People laugh when I tell them that...then i explain what she went through...only then do they shut up.
I volunteer at our local RSPCA when I can, and honestly, I want to take a new one home with me whenever I go, so why don't all people feel like this. Why should an animal lose its life over people's negligence? Our local RSPCA is so full of abandoned cats they can't physically take anymore.
Sorry to rant, but ill just never understand how people can see these innocent beings and feel nothing.
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