This is a discussion on whether certain human diseases or health conditions determine whether a cat should be adopted out to that person.
As we get older, most of us suffer from one condition or another. Some are due to lifestyle choices and others are hereditary. We all know people who are taking years off of their lives short due to bad choices in food or behavior. They think it’s allowed and that “a pill” will undo any harmful effects.
Diabetic (which is both lifestyles as well as heredity)-take a pill and continue to eat and/or gain weight. Note: there is such a thing as a skinny diabetic so I’m not judging, being diabetic myself.
Heart disease (including high blood pressure)-take a pill yet continue to smoke (which is horrible for not only the smoker but to any animals who breathe in second-hand smoke).
Overweight? According to stateofobesity.org
“Around 45 percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve health benefits. In 2011-2014, middle-aged Americans (ages 40-59) had the highest obesity rate of any age group at 41.0 percent, followed by seniors (ages 60 and older) at 38.5 percent, and then young adults (ages 20-39) at 34.3 percent.”
On dialysis for bad kidneys? Mood stabilizing drugs? Should this REALLY be an issue? How far should we take it concerning what a potential adopter has or takes?
Should a rescue or shelter deny adoption due to any of the above or other conditions? Should they even be able to ask for disclosure on adoption paperwork?
Please sound off in the comments.
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