Cat Abuse - Burned Cat - Photo by Animals Abused & Abandoned
Here are some tips on how to tell cat abuse from those who know. The first clue as to whether there has been cat abuse is whether the cat has been provided with the basics such as food, water and shelter and then to check the cat's physical condition (injury or sickness). Here are some signs on assessing the cat:
- wounds, multiple wounds and unhealed wounds
- poor skin and coat condition, hair loss, scaly skin etc.
- grossly underweight and underfeed
- parasites on skin and in the coat
- generally ill with eye and nose discharges (URI - Upper Respiratory Infection)
- confusion, drowsiness
- overly tight collar causing injury
and some signs on assessing the environment:
- cat kept outside in poor weather
- home and surrounding area in poor state with feces and mess
- cats kept in kennels or cages that are too small
The experts say that a pet's behavior is not the only sign and in fact it might mislead. Companion animal abuse including cat abuse should be reported to the RSPCA and/or police in the UK and the local humane society and/or police in the USA. If established it can be a crime in both these countries. See Cats and the Law. Animal abuse is often a precursor or runs parallel with abuse to people.
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