Friday, October 21, 2005

You don't love them just because they're family.

I spoke to a woman this morning who wants to get the cats she has been feeding sterilising, because one of the lots of kittens were taken away by pest control. One of the reasons is that she and her friend feed the cats upstairs - her friend has a makeshift home for them on the second floor, she had another on the 8th floor. She kept insisting it's not safe for the kittens to be in the void deck when they are young. Certainly there is a risk of leaving them in the void deck, but leaving them upstairs is infinitely worse. In both cases, people complained of the cats defecating - and the woman said that her friend cleaned up, but couldn't do it around the clock. This means that people ARE going to complain - and they did in this case - and the cats get rounded up.

She also mentioned what a few people have mentioned - that cats should have family because they especially love genetically related cats. As far as I have seen, this is not true at all - I have a pair of siblings that absolutely hate each other, and other cats which are not related which bond for life. I've seen this in other cats too - it doesn't mean cats that are related aren't necessarily very loving, but it also doesn't mean they will be friendly just because they're related. I personally think it has to do with temperament rather than blood. I would think it is the same as with people :)


Blogger Mary said...

Rightly said, i would put it as karmic connection.

21/10/05 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminded me of an incident at my area where a cat gave birth and brought all her kittens to the forth floor just outside this family who were more than happy to put bricks around so the mother and babies can feel secured. A 4-5 yr old boy next door was so curious abt the kittens that he took one and threw it downstairs :-(

21/10/05 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel closer to my friends than my siblings and I belong to the hominis species :)

21/10/05 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Oh no! Poor kitten! Did the rest survive?

21/10/05 12:50 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - I'm sure a lot of people (and cats!) will agree with you. In fact, in cats, especially if they're unsterilised, they tend to leave their kittens once they can fend for themselves because they have to look after a new litter. Imagine having 15 kittens all clamouring for attention - once they're old enough, the mother gets pregnant (which can be in two months) and the older cats are on their own.

21/10/05 12:53 PM  

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