Monday, August 29, 2005

Abandonment of newborns

Someone dumped two newborn kittens outside a volunteer's home on Friday. People who abandon cats are already callous and horrible, but to dump newborns? These two kittens hadn't even opened their eyes - at that age, most can't make without their mothers. They estimated the kittens were less than a day old which in all probability means that the person who dumped them has the mother cat at home.

It never fails to amaze me that people will not sterilise and then dump the kittens after. Clearly they didn't have an intention to keep the kittens - so why not sterilise the mother earlier? Also, if the kittens were born, if they're dumped as newborns, chances are they're not going to make it. Why not let the mother cat nurse for a while at the very least?

These people are cowards of the worst sort - they don't want the responsibility of having the kittens' deaths (and lives) on their hands, so they just pass it on to someone else. Plus it's so preventable - just sterilise! Some people continually abandon without sterilising - the kittens look the same litter after litter, so it's not like it was a one-off mistake.


Blogger vegancat said...

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29/8/05 11:20 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

This is one fear of volunteers that when their addresses are known, their doorsteps become dumping ground.
Similarly those of us who sterilise almost all of the cats in our community get worried that leakage of our location will again lead to dumping.

Will we ever be cohesive in our care of the community cats?

29/8/05 11:34 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Exactly - and it's so unfair to the volunteers who are doing their best to keep the population under control to find someone else has decided to dump THEIR responsibility.

29/8/05 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also pity the mother cat.
I have seen mother cats so protective over their babies. The mother will be very sad too having to know her kittens were immediately taken from her after her delivery.

29/8/05 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - who exactly is better off in this scenario except for the person who washed their hands off their responsibility?

29/8/05 12:47 PM  
Anonymous geraldine said...

After watching The March of the Penguins, i came to realise how 'helpless' our fellow animals can be. Especially the homeless ones who are living in a harsh environment. Be it a penguin or a cat, many times, the Mother could only watch helplessly.. the passing of their offspring and here we are (the humans), who continue to add on to their pain & suffering. Imagine a mother cat who could only watch helplessly, when her kitten is killed by an on-coming vehicle ...

29/8/05 4:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Or taken away and dumped, or abused. The list goes on and on.

29/8/05 7:04 PM  

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