As anyone who knows me, or who reads this blog regularly, already knows, animal welfare is a big concern of mine. I saw a post on one of the LJ communities that I'm a member of that made me both angry and sad. A person posted pictures of their kitten, deceased now, which is sad in and of itself. But then I read how the kitten died. It had been hit by a car. And this person then said that this was the second kitten in a short time period they'd lost, again to being hit by a car. And the comments were littered with sympathetic people who had also had a cat killed by cars.
I just don't understand people. The idea of letting an animal you love outside--one you play with and cuddle, who counts on you for protection and comfort--to fend for itself against predators, cars, and nutty humans, is totally unfathomable to me. I can understand a little better the idea of free roaming farm cats. They're marginally safer, being away from both major roads and densely human-populated areas. Although they still seem to have alarmingly high accident, disease, and casualty rates. But the idea of a kitten in a city or subdivision regularly roaming outside, unsupervised and loose, I can't understand that at all. If you take an animal into your home, it's your responsibility, obligation, and duty to protect it. Especially as a baby. How can a baby animal know about cars? Many adult animals never grasp the concept. Hell, many adult humans still have trouble comprehending that cars are dangerous. It's irresponsible. Irresponsible and needlessly tragic. The thought of Hobkin getting outside terrifies me, and these people are letting their cats out on purpose?
I see cats in our subdivision who are obviously someone's pets, wandering around freely. And sometimes I see cats dead by the side of the road, and I wonder how many of the living cats I see will be another feline statistic tomorrow.
AGH! I NEED A SALE!! *pant pant pant* This has been a looong dry spell. *tears at hair*
Apologies for the outburst. *twitch* I'm jonesing bad.
Did several editing passes on the short story and uploaded it to the Critters.org queue. fosteronfilm's comment, "You should write a series of stories in this world." That hadn't occurred to me until he mentioned it. But now that he has, I find myself contemplating just that, and coming up with ideas.
Club 100 For Writers
Complete agreement. All my kitties stay indoors.
Once I adopted a former barn-cat. When she really, really wanted to go outside, I put a harness on her and we went out and walked. When I had a fenced back yard, I'd put the cats in harnesses and tie them to a tree -- then stay there to watch. Happy cats.
I don't do that now, though, because my current yard has no fence, and there are roaming dogs around.
Everyone around here lets their cat out. All of them eventually "go missing". :(