A true story about a ‘rescue’ feral cat forced to live a cage. Please – don’t get a cat if you do not have the time, the finances, the space, the environment or the mental capacity to do everything in your power that is natural and right for that cat.
Here’s an excerpt that says it all from the Animal Rescue Corp in Washington DC.
“The cage is a fundamentally flawed contraption that causes rapid emotional, social and physical decline of its inhabitants. In my experience any animal confined to a cage goes through three phases of decline; typically starting with high anxiety, leading to depression, and resulting in psychological turmoil. Putting an animal in a cage is a violation of that creature’s innate right to live naturally and without suffering. This type of confinement also forces animals to eat, sleep and defecate in a space often only a few times the size of their body. This causes health problems and can ultimately lead to death in some species.”
But the cage itself is not the driving force of the cruelty – it is the humans – as always – it’s the humans.
Our newest baby rescue kitties endured their first vet visit. Shouting staff members, running kids and vomiting dogs forced little Sonny and JoJo to ask – “Are you ‘kitten’ me? Why does the experience have to be so bewildering?” Just like human healthcare, the petcare patient experience is often littered with nonsense. What can we do as ‘advocats’ for our little friends? Tune in.
Whodini wondered why I was getting irritated while skimming through Facebook last week. She could see me shaking my head and heard me muttering to myself. She asked – “What’s wrong?”
Well – tune in to this double segment show where we share a Facebook conversation between a gal who wants to rid her yard of cats and cat poop and will do whatever it takes to get the job done – including a suggestion simply stated ‘Smith and Wesson’. We take that mean spirit and turn it into a positive healing lesson when some suggests Ho’oponopono – a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.
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