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How to Tell Cat Abuse

by Michael
(London, UK)

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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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • In addition, Jenna said they had killed 200 by the 4th of April, then that she had killed 67 by the 6th of April. Hard to keep lies straight?

    • Yes, Jenna is probably a man and a stupid troll. They are sad people. Thanks Nicole.

  • There is a name for people who torture animals, and receive pleasure out of it - sociopath. Michael, she can't understand caring about others, especially animals.
    But, life has a way of sorting things out.

  • I hate cats with a passion. I enjoy seeing them suffer, and killed.
    People who are passionate about them bother me as much as cats do.
    Feral cats should be eradicated. I live in Australia, thankfully the government has declared open season on any cats outside.
    My husband and l have trapped and killed at least 200.
    People who love their cats should keep them inside always because of people like me who will kill them

    • Well, you know, I hate humans like you with a passion. I hate idiot people like you. You disgust me. You are clearly an uneducated, idiotic individual without a heart. I would like to do to you what you do to cats. It would bring me great pleasure to see you suffer as you make cats suffer. And you should be kept inside as you suggest cats should be. In fact to be kept behind bars for the rest of your life.

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