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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

KIttens in garbage can

A client came in the other day with a plastic bag she found in a trash can. There were two screeching kittens in the bag, alive and kicking, and likely starving.
What does it take for a human being to drop a few newborn kittens in a plastic bag and throw it away in a garbage can, like a bag of used litter? Is this an act of desperation? Of sacrifice? Of stupidity? Of ignorance? All of the above? Did their mother belong to someone who did not have the savoir-faire to have her spayed, allowed her out, to discover one day that she had surprisingly given birth to a few kittens?
Or was this all a money issue? Could the person who found the kittens simply not afford to care for them?
Was the culprit simply devoid of neurons?


While it is true that there are millions of unwanted cats in the US, that they are considered vermin, like rats, in some parts of the world, they are indeed still living, breathing, animals. Surely a cat owner can tell you just how loving, caring, and affectionate they are... My cats are certainly not rats (and I don't mean to be speciest: I know that there are many who love rats like I love cats, and don't remind me how intelligent rats are...).

The good news is that our hospital will care for these newborns until they can be adopted out when they are older (their eyes have not yet opened!). For all the kitties found in baggies, can you imagine how few are saved? It would be far more responsible, and ethical, to have such kittens euthanized instead of their suffering a slow death from starvation or suffocation. I can't even imagine how horrible that would be.
Now let's be realistic: not all can be saved. Let's put our energy, financial and otherwise, into those that can be saved and most importantly, those we can place in a loving, caring, long-term home.


A little older than newborn, but I couldn't resist.

4 comments:

Kristen said...

Ugh, I couldn't agree more. Although I truly believe that anyone who could do that to a living creature is not simply "desperate" or even "stupid". It takes cruelty to do something like this. And I hope for karmic retribution upon them.

Catherine said...

The cruelty and/or stupidity of people towards little animals makes me crazy sometimes! I wish we lived near there as I'd definitely say we'd take one of those little kittens when they're ready to adopt out! They deserve a great home after their start to life!

Fi said...

Well said.
I have just written, far less eloquently, about this in New Zealand as we are coping with kitten season here. The recession is only going to make it harder as I have found the people with the time to help usually do not have the money for the milk required.
Great blog :)

Anonymous said...

Fleas will laugh at diatomatious earth? Not in my experience. I got a flea explosion three weeks after moving into my new apartment. My friend said the carpet shampooing had enlivened the hibernating eggs in the carpet. So I used the diatomatious earth like she said and no more fleas. That was almost two years ago. I have a mostly indoor kitteh.