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Is Permanently Chaining Cats to Posts Animal Cruelty? — 8 Comments

  1. Kit mentioned what I was going to say, that more consideration (country-wide) has been given to dogs lately, regarding being chained, than in this case. While it’s been common practice to chain dogs, and they are generally forgiving (because most people will at some point give them some freedom), even they go nuts. It’s been one of the “excuses” of pit bull attacks. So if there’s much compassion for an arguably dangerous animal to not suffer the restriction of chains, it’s incomprehensible that the free-roaming cat be forced to endure it… however forgiving they might be. Cats hide their suffering too. We can’t judge a cat the same as any other animal as to how they feel, unless we know cats, and even then we can be wrong. This is wrong by any stretch of the imagination. They are also completely vulnerable… even if they had a tree to climb, they might accidentally hang themselves. I have never heard of chaining a house cat… and I’m 61 years old.

  2. The are definite dog chain/tether laws in the USA. Most only allow “reasonable” time there’d. Some say only during the time which a task needs to be completed. In Texas only 3 hours within a 24 hour period is allowed. Most are written within the anti-cruelty section of the statutes. Unowned/outside cats are referred to as stray or free roaming(that says something right there!) Intentional harm done to them is against the law in Texas.

    • Thanks Kit. Dogs are protected from being chained but it seems cats aren’t. Is that the situation? These cats are owned so they should be protected against being chained as are dogs.

  3. No matter how cruel them people are to cats, they will always have a way of justifing their actions and beliefs..it’s very sad and cruel to chain a cat up like that..cats have feelings and a heart beat too…

  4. I don’t believe in chaining up dogs or cats. It’s cruel. Smallwood didn’t try hard enough to acclimate her cats to the indoors. It can be done but it takes time and commitment, and she sounds like she has neither. She’s taking the easy way out by chaining those poor cats outside.

    I’m not sure if there are coyotes in her neck of the woods. If there are those chained up cats are an open invitation to dinner. The same goes for stray dogs who love to use cats as chew toys. If that happens we’ll have to listen to her whine about that. The cats will pay the price for human stupidity.

      • Definitely lazy, wrong, stupid and uncaring. All that chain does is limit those cats’ mobility. They can’t get away. Those chains are absolutely no protection against a human up to no good. If a coyote decides the dinner bell is rung, all he or she has to do is gnaw the neck off after they kill the cat and take the body. Or feed on it, take the meat back to the den and regurgitate it for the pups. A stray dog with murder on his or her mind has a chew toy on a chain. The end result is the same: a dead cat, then Smallwood can whine and moan on Facebook about how unfair life is.

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