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You have lost everything except your cat (or dog) — 9 Comments

  1. The thought of being homeless scares me because of my cats 🙁 If I just had to survive on my own it would be awful but I may manage however trying to feed my cats and keeping them alive living on the streets with no money? If I couldn’t secure their future 100% I would beg money to have them euthanised rather than they starve to death or face a horrible death some other way.

  2. It’s a very frightening thought to me, being homeless and I just don’t know what I would do. Life wouldn’t be worth living, without our cats.
    So it is like Barbara said, a priority to keep a roof over our heads so that our cats will always have their home with us.
    I feel desperately sorry for people who through no fault of their own become homeless.

  3. Firstly I can’t imagine anything worse than being homeless, to me having a home, even if sometimes you wish you were somewhere else when neighbours get on your nerves, is the most important thing that comes even before buying food or paying anything else. Partly this security is obviously for the human part of the family but equally as much for the feline part, it horrifies me to think of being homeless, or searching for a new home under duress, if we ever move I’d want it to be well researched and thought out and not rushed into.

    So to me firstly the reason why a person becomes homeless is a consideration, is it through their own actions? Is it because they have made themselves unemployable through their lifestyle choice in which case I have little sympathy for the human but loads of it for the animal victims, or is it because everything has gone wrong despite the best efforts of the human who find him/herself down on his/her uppers and deserves help.

    I think maybe that more people rehome, or try to rehome, their cats when they become homeless because of the impossibility of keeping a cat close living rough, a dog will usually come to your side when called, sit and stay but try that on a cat and he/she will likely look at you as though you’re a madman, turn tail and walk away. You can’t keep a cat on a harness 24 hours a day.

    It’s a horrible thought to be homeless, especially with cats, it must surely be priority to ensure it never happens.

  4. Micheal, a very thought provoking and sentimental topic.Honestly, if in deep financial trouble then i would try to adjust with my pets or in the worst case see that they are adopted by responsible people.Hope i never ever reach that stage in my life but as they say life throws surprises. Here is a true story that happened in Mumbai in a building few meters from my residence in Prabhadevi.A 65 year old former Editor of a woman’s magazine Sunita.Niak was discovered living on the streets of Mumbai outside a Sikh Gurudwara with her pet Pomeranian dog.The Gurudwara provided her with free food.She was once very wealthy owning 2 apartments worth over a million dollars in 2013 evaluation as i know this building, having also visited a flat in this same apartment. Who cheated her, what happened to her millions of Indian rupees? This is a definite unbelievable “Riches to Rags” story that happened close to my residence.Today, after reading her plight in the newspaper a family has adopted her and the dog into their house-hold and thankfully she is not living on the streets of Mumbai.Remember, in India unlike most “First World ” country’s we don’t have a “Welfare Social Security” system and bankruptcy means living on the streets.

    Read her story on this link :- http://www.mid-day.com/news/2013/aug/180813-mumbai-former-editor-millionaire-found-living-on-the-streets.htm

    • P.S:- Please note my “Comment” on this article in the “Mid-Day Newspaper”.
      A link to another newspaper in which it states that a family adopted her :-http://www.telegraphindia.com/1130821/jsp/nation/story_17254213.jsp

    • Very interesting comment, Rudolph. What I like is that someone stepped in to help her and home her and, I presume, her dog. Even without welfare and benefits she has been supported by the community and that is the way it should be. I’ll read the story. It sounds interesting.

  5. Thanks Michael.

    I’ve had a day to think about this and asked myself several questions and tried my best to be completely honest with myself.

    I tried to imagine what it would be like to be desperate and what I would be willing to do to keep my pet when I had nothing else.

    I’ll list the questions I pondered but the answers belong to me. Let it suffice to say that I said “yes” more than “no”.

    Would I steal to feed my pet?
    Would I seek shelter in abandoned buildings for us?
    Would I beg in the streets?
    Would I create some sort of performance (sing, dance) in the streets to receive money?
    Would I sell my blood?
    Would I dumpster dive for food and warm apparel for us? Dumpster diving is climbing into very large trash bins.

    There were a couple more, but these will do right now.
    I learned a few things about myself.

    • Well done Dee. Nice extra thoughts. You know, when it comes to pure survival, I think we would do all of the things that you have listed. Everything is possible when you’re starving but in America or UK people don’t usually end up starving. There are organisations, welfare, benefits and helpers to pick you up.

      For someone who has always had things it must be terrifying to have nothing and no idea how you are going to survive. In the UK, my first visit would be to the local authority benefits office. As you know, benefit payments are generous in the UK.

      Taking early steps to deal with the impending crisis of homelessness must be a good idea.

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