Following on from Elisa’s story about brave Joey who went down a well to rescue a cat: we have discovered brave people in our PoC family too and now ‘Pictures of Cats’ has the sub title ‘Protectors of Cats’.
In alphabetical order, because each feat of bravery was of equal importance to the animals concerned:
- Barbara has been on roof tops rescuing cats and kittens.
- Dee has been on roof tops too and up trees and even stopped the traffic once for a turtle.
- Dorothy has chased hungry coyotes, racoons and skunks away from her cats.
- Michael has also held up traffic to let a cat cross the road safely.
My own personal claim to being called a Protector of Cats was to go down a well to rescue a kitten, although I must admit it wasn’t very deep. I’m sure we don’t know all the brave feats PoCers have done, please tell us about yours too.
But apart from these feats of bravery, I think we are all entitled to be called Protectors of Cats anyway. We protect not only our own cats but all other cats too.
Caring for ferals, doing TNR on their behalf, feeding hungry stray cats, fighting against the abuse of cats, in real life and on-line. Adopting Shelter cats, volunteering at or supporting local Cat Sanctuaries. Trying to educate people in real life and on-line, to make the world a better place for cats to live in. I think all these come under the title of ‘Protectors of Cats’
We also protect our own cats in daily life, we ensure they are healthy, fed and loved, we protect them from boredom by playing with them and we give them as much freedom as our circumstances allow us to.
Maybe it isn’t safe for cats to go outside in some places, so Protectors of Cats protect them from feeling deprived of outdoors by making indoors as natural and fulfilling for them as possible. Cats living in safe cat friendly places still need protection, by not being turned out for long hours and not being left out overnight.
Sadly, we are unable to protect the cats being declawed daily in the USA and Canada, however much we try to educate people about the cruelty of it, some people won’t listen.
We shouldn’t have to protect cats from the very people who trained to look after their health, namely the vets who fill their bank accounts with dollars made from this painful surgery!
Protectors of Cats want to protect all cats and it’s heartbreaking for us that we just can’t do it in the case of declawing.
So, there are many ways for us all to protect cats, but unfortunately some people don’t think that is important. I am happy to be here along with the people who do think it’s important.