Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Kittens are great, but...
...this is frustrating! You know how thousands and thousands of animals are euthanized because of overpopulation? People are irresponsible pet parents. Isn't it a maddening and frustrating situation?
The people next door... OK, first of all, they haven't grasped the concept of adopting a pet and making a commitment to it for the rest of its natural life. When they moved in, they got a dog. A big old barky mutt. A few months after that they got a cat, a little feisty stinker that we got really attached to (after all, we were taking care of it more than they were... feeding, visiting, and putting on Frontline for flea infestation). The dog was kept in the fenced back yard, but the cat received no care beyond having some food thrown onto the driveway. He was not neutered or given shelter.
After about a year, the dog got "stolen" (riiiight) and the cat disappeared, neither to be seen by us again. At almost exactly the same time, a new dog showed up, a Pomeranian which they leave outside a lot (even in bad weather!! a little fluffnutter!! what are they thinking?), even letting it run through the snake-infested back alley.
Shortly after that... TA DA!!! Another cat!!! This is a girl kitty, and she had sex in our yard a couple of weeks ago, so I'm thinking "Oh no, just what this neighborhood needs. More kittens that will grow up to be un-fixed roaming cats". Well, we just found out that she already HAS a litter of kittens over there and they are pretty good sized now (I wonder if the second litter will prompt a visit to the vet? What's more likely is that she will eventually get "stolen" too). grrrrr.