Thursday, March 15, 2007

Abandoned kitten died

One of the two little kittens the caregiver took in didn't make it last night. It was so little (she estimates around 3 days old) that sadly it wasn't unexpected. Another caregiver went into the area and searched the whole night for the mother cat the night before but she couldn't find it. The kittens were also in a box with a t-shirt, so they could well have been dumped.

The caregiver nursing the kittens asked why someone would dump them so young - she reasoned surely if there was a mother cat in the flat, it didn't hurt the owner to keep them a little longer before dumping them. That's absolutely true, but who knows why these people do the things they do?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so furious !!!! Don't know what to say!.

A life is as precious as another regardless if it walks on 2 legs or 4...........

15/3/07 10:20 AM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

"The caregiver nursing the kittens asked why someone would dump them so young - she reasoned surely if there was a mother cat in the flat, it didn't hurt the owner to keep them a little longer before dumping them."

You've probably thought of this already, and decided not to say it because you're nice. :) But I'm not so nice, so I'll say it - maybe that was the whole idea - that the kittens would die quickly and not "suffer".

THere's something to be said for the good/bad old days, when people drowned the kittens themselves. rather than letting them die of exposure and fear.

15/3/07 12:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Or that the kittens will get picked up by some nice person - after all, they're so cute! Or the "as long as it doesn't die where I can see it, it MUST be okay" delusion.

15/3/07 12:19 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Dumping kittens is wrong.
Dumping kittens before their eyes are opened are many times wrong and heartless.
Also mommy cat would be looking for her babies. :(

15/3/07 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I once had a basketful of kittens dumped along my feeding area. Someone informed me before I started my feeding routine. I went another way and didn't even look at the kittens. Some of you may say i am cruel but I just didn't want people to start dumping kittens for me.

The next day, I heard someone had picked up the kittens after my feeding that very night. I guess they were just peeping from their windows and took back the kittens when I didn't walk that way. sigh..

15/3/07 1:04 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Anonymous, it is greatly possible that someone is in ambush to take advantage of your kindness. What you have done is risky for the abandoned kittens but you dod made the right decision. At least the owner did came back to collect the kittens after the plan failed.
Not like this case where the so very feeble kittens are left dying.

15/3/07 1:28 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - it must have been a very tough decision for you. I can understand why you did it though. We have some caregivers who did the opposite and ended up with more and more cats dumped on them because the people dumping knew what happened.

Interestingly, when no one does anything, I notice the kittens DO get picked up. When the people go back, they often write back to say the kittens are gone - maybe these people are just trying their luck and come back if no one picks them up? Or TC comes to pick them up? Or someone else comes forward? Who knows? In this case they had already been picked up by TC though.

15/3/07 2:00 PM  

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