Sad cat stories

Why kittens of my cats kill other cats

Have you ever visited a shelter? Have you ever seen all these unwanted cats, waiting in small cages? If yes, you’re likely to agree that the proportion of cats versus humans who want to adopt cats is out of balance.

cats in a cage

Tessa and Kajsa at the shelter. Their cage was actually big in comparison!

I admit that I would love to see kittens of Tessa and Kajsa. A small version of Tessa, playing around, destroying my headphones, or a small version of Kajsa bossing me around … so cute it hurts! And so irresponsible that it’d cost lives and a lot of pain. Why? Well, I’d probably find good homes for their kittens, but they would take places away from kittens waiting at shelters.

Again – have you ever been at a shelter and want to tell these cats “Sorry, I want to see kittens of my own cats, which means that you can’t get a great family?”. Eventually, all kittens will become adults, and their chance of finding a family becomes less with every week – new kittens will come, being way cuter than adult cats, and more likely to find families.

cat is shy at shelter

Kajsa was very shy and afraid. It took days until she dared to leave her den

Apart from a cat population outnumbering humans who love cats, unneutered cats also face serious health risks like cancer. Unneutered cats are also more likely to destroy your furniture and fight with other cats.

And last, but not least: I know it’s difficult, but please question your friends’ choices when you hear that they want their cats to become pregnant. If you want to experience the joys of living with kittens, ask a shelter if you can host a cat with her kittens until the kittens are old enough to go their own ways! A great way of helping shelters, having a lot of fun and minimizing your own costs. Giving birth and fostering kittens can be very expensive on your own!

cat is so happy that someone plays with her at the shelter

Tessa was so happy when I came to play with her at the shelter

 

This post was part of a great Twitter campaign from UK shelters. Hashtag: #neuteryourpets

 

Sharon van Etten – We Are Fine

cat-in-a-box… may be a good soundtrack to this posting.

As we all know by now, my shrink is earning money on me. And she is sometimes even having fun whilst working, because I’m a very ironic person. However, we’re both aware that I often need to laugh difficult topics away; that’s just my way of dealing with things. Which of course doesn’t mean I think it’s funny that our cats are lost. Ok, the cat from hell incident, where Ashley’s cat Mickey scared me to death, is funny.

Unfortunately, the story of Ashley and her cats neither had a happy end, because her mother didn’t like cats. One day, when Ashley got home, the cats were gone for good. To the local animal shelter. Ashley was crossed, but couldn’t do anything about it. She was still going to school and couldn’t afford living on her own.

I tried to comfort her. I really felt sorry for her. I understood that she was very sad, but I guess I never truly understood how she really felt. Cats didn’t mean anything to me and I had difficulties to relate to her feelings. I hope she still felt that I was there for her. I’d like to give her a hug now, but the distance between us isn’t anymore 200 km, but 2000 km (1.300 miles).

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