In 2008, five years ago, I wrote a page about cat poison. It is on what is called a subdomain of PoC. The host company is Google. You can see the article here:
It is not a great article but it got lots of views. It is about car anti-freeze. It was updated gradually and haphazardly. The intention was to warn people of the hazards of car anti-freeze and other poisons. What visitors took from it was instructions on how to poison cats. Astonishing, but in retrospect unsurprising.
The reason why I am writing this is because there are 288 comments to this article, which is a lot and Google no longer lists the page at all (it is effectively invisible) but the comments are interesting. I think PoC has only two pages with more comments:
- Caboodle Ranch Heaven or Hell by Elisa Black-Taylor – I had to stop the comments after several hundred and more, perhaps a thousand.
- Warrior Cats Movie – more than a thousand comments and then stopped by me.
The interesting thing about the Cat Poison comments is the way they reflect a cross section of a part of society. I don’t know whether the comments reflect society generally. They might.
The comments are generally disturbing. It is clear to me that a lot of people poison cats or want to poison cats.
If anyone wants to have a look at the comments I am sure it will be quite instructive.
I sense there is an underbelly of hatred or dislike of the domestic cat that simmers and people who care about the cat should recognise this.
The way to diffuse this is to force irresponsible cat owners into being responsible. This means ensuring their cats are sterilised and that their cats do not upset reasonable people. This is why I argue for change to force something to happen in the interests of cat welfare.
There is no doubt that the people who poison cats are nasty people because it is inhumane and immoral. I have to conclude that there are a lot of nasty people out there. If they are not nasty they are certainly able to poison or hurt cats and therefore any animal.
I’ll leave it there.