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  1. I hope there is something similar in your country Marc, it gives you peace of mind that your cats won’t be homeless or PTS.
    We are lucky to have an excellent CP branch in our town and Kays Hill not too far away too.
    I think you are wise not to leave too much money to be taxed on.
    A bit off topic but hard working people are badly treated here, take my sister, she has to work to 65 and 1/2 as the government have put the pension age up again, she will have paid in 50+ years of contributions to help keep the unemployed, many of them young people who have never worked! Some don’t want to work but many do, but jobs are being blocked longer by older people who have done their bit, like my sister, but can’t afford to retire until they are state pension age.
    I think if the RSPCA don’t want me to run them (as Michael suggested lol) I will try for ministeress of work and pensions, it needs sorting out!!!

  2. Every time I get on a plane the last thing I do is send my ex an sms reminding her that she must take care of my cats and demand money from my mother to look after them – enough to give them everything they need each year in payments. I tell her to just show my mum the sms. Thats because I haven’t actually made a will. I’m 36. Maybe I should. It’s the one single thing I care about really if I am going to die. It’s imperative that Molly and Gigi are always together no matter what happens. Me and my ex got Lilly together so Lilly would for sure stay with her and so would Molly and Gigi until something good was sorted. She already has 3 cats so she wouldn’t want 6 I guess. I have enough money to pay for the rest of their lives.

    I can’t believe the tax in England is accountable as much as 7 years prior. Thats a little bit disgusting. Anyhow, one should just not declare it and give the bloody money. I have taken out 5000 from the bank in cash before. No reason why I couldn’t just give a friend 5gs a couple times. I’d want too much money to go to my cats so they have most or all of it really. So if anything happened there was enough and so they could get the best food and care possible regardless of cost.

  3. In England you can sign up to Cats Protection Cat Guardians

    http://www.cats.org.uk/support-us/legacy/how-gift-will-menu/cat-guardians/cat-guardian-q-and-a/

    Which is what we intend to do if one of us is left alone and we still have cats. Like you Michael we don’t have family who would care for the cats and our friends are not young, or they are too far away. We don’t have much money so our plan is to ask for donations for Cats Protection in lieu of funeral flowers and meanwhile to help Cats Protection as much as we can, along with Kays Hill cattery too of course.
    The good thing about CP is fosterers usually look after older cats until they are found good homes, they don’t have to live in cages or pens.
    It’s so sad when a person dies leaving no provision for their pets and as we well know it can happen at any age.

  4. Michael,thanks for the excellent article.We humans are always afraid of dying and never like discussing or even thinking about it. Sadly, the pets suffer the most in case of an untimely death of the human owner and i personally feel that every pet owner should make some arrangements in their “WILL” for the maintenance of their pets in case of death, either due to normal ageing process or other factors.Statistics has shown that most pet owners are wealthy or would definitely have surplus money to provide for their pets since maintaining a pet is expensive in any Country or City.

  5. I’m pretty sure that i will die before my 2 young cats who are about 3 years old, that is why I was dubious about taking them on but it seemed better than having them kept in cages at the RSPA as they are semi wild.Luckily I have a cat loving family even my grandchildren so I must make provisions when I feel it necesary thats at the back of my mind often and they are hapy with me and I love having them here so I hope it will work out for them!!

    • Family is best. It is reassuring if you know someone in your family can step into your shoes. Arrangements can all be quite informal amongst family members. I will probably die before my cat because I will have a cat or cats for as long as I can. I don’t have family to turn to, unfortunately. I’ll just have to hope I meet someone who I can trust. Maybe one of the regular PoC visitors can step in but I hope this won’t happen for another 20 years but who knows.

      • When I eventually move to the countryside where conditions are perfect for my cats to even go outside I will have lots of space – you can send your cats to me if you want or need. Futhermore I’d write them into my will so if I die they will get taken care of according to your specifications. I’d gladly do that.

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