Suggestion Gone Wrong
I talked with a friend and when she heard that I consider getting a second cat (I am not in a hurry) and that there are barely new kittens in our city, she suggested me to take a look at the website of an animal shelter in Eastern Germany, which is where she got her first cat. It’s not around the corner, but also not too far away. I personally would want a young cat, because it would be easier to introduce a kitten to Shyna, and also because I want to have a bit of influence. I don’t trust strangers to properly bring-up a cat, and I also don’t have the money to keep a badly behaving cat in my apartment nor do I have the possibility to let the cat go outside if anything goes wrong. So, a cat that was brought up by someone else is a gamble and I gladly pass. But the friend told me the shelter has kittens too. So, I thought I take a look at their website because taking a look doesn’t cost anything.
So, I checked the site out and was baffled when I saw their requirements. And these requirements would exclude me right away. First of all, they only give them away in pairs, because they say this is more species-appropriate. I do agree, but the idiocy here is that they forgot the scenario that someone might already have a cat. The next thing is, they want you to prove that you either have a garden or a balcony with a cat safety net. These two points don’t just exclude me from giving one of their kittens a new home, it’s also offending me because they basically imply that my cat hasn’t a species-appropriate home.
I’d like to tell the responsible person “Fu** you, just fu** you hypocrite”. My cat Shyna has a better home than any of the cats that got into a shelter in the first place, and my cat has it good since over a decade. She could very well be one of the cats in the shelter, but unlike the consumer society that buys their pets during Christmas time and sells them in January, I never ever considered to give my cat away. And I did explicitly say hypocrite because let’s be honest, before we even take the term species-appropriate into our mouth, we should actually start to think where animals really belong.
I’d love to tell this hypocrite that having a pet is a thing in our society and our ancestors started it, and now it’s normal for us. Being a do-gooder, the person should start talking about this. A hamster shouldn’t be in a cage, nor should birds be. As same as cats and dogs shouldn’t live in an apartment or house. They all should be outside, but we humans did it anyway and now it is as it is, pretty normal. Apart from that, society should stop to breed them. I’d like to tell the person “Get down from your white horse, I could shock you too, you’re actually responsible that kids in Africa starve, and that wars break out, you’re just way too stupid to realize it” and “Stop eating meat you horrible human hypocrite, and don’t even think about eating plants as an alternative it’s equally bad”. You’d need to tell these lunatics things like “Stop going to the toilet, your body is responsible for the climate change” and “Stop living, because in the grand perspective of the universe, the planet is actually like an organ and we humans are cancer cells”.
What is the takeaway here? Just by visiting their website, I feel like being a criminal or suspected to be an animal abuser because I don’t have a balcony. That’s pure idiocy if you consider how much outside cats get killed or hurt by cars in the city, or how much of them fall down the balcony (probably even with protective nets). It’s not just a fact but logic that home cats live a longer life. I wouldn’t even mention it, because I respect both, people with cats at home and those who let them outside. It’s stupid to mention it, but people like this person makes me want to go down to the same level of idiocy. So, the real takeaway is that this animal protection organization isn’t helping the cats to find a home, they actually prevent it with this nonsense.
Ironically, I opened their website with the thought that if my intention to get a second cat would become more serious, I’d write them an email starting with the following sentence and link…
Hello, my name is Dennis, I am from Northern Germany and Shyna is looking for a roommate…
But if the idea becomes serious, I rather look for a private person with kittens for sale. Because this is not the first time I saw these idiotic requirements. As I said, I am not in a hurry, and not even sure. I plan things, I balance the reasons, I take a look. Because getting pets is not like shopping for products. You need to be very sure. But if I see websites like the one of this animal protection organization, I am getting very sure that my second cat would be from a private seller. It’s ironic, because the organization even has an article about this on their website, suggesting not to buy from private breeders. It’s a nice philosophy, as long as you don’t chase people away who really would give a pet a long-term home.
Now that my rant is over, you can imagine what Shyna thought when I told her the story…